Author: Jenny Blake
|Pivot (2016) by Jenny Blake gives the techniques to have confidence that you can change your career by analyzing the basics elements. For example, focusing on your strengths and ignoring weaknesses, experimenting with different ideas, and developing opportunities. He also explained the 4-step strategy to practice in day-to-day businesses.|
Have you ever thought if you are satisfied with the career or profession that you chose earlier to pursue? Are you happy with your position in the firm you work for? Or want to change your position or transfer to another firm?
Some years ago, I wanted to change my career but I thought it was too late because it is a big process along with a lot of hurdles and difficulties. Then I read somewhere that people change their careers and it is not a big deal if you are unhappy with your previous field. It filled me with hope and I started looking for opportunities in which I was passionate. Getting to where I am today was a cycle. If I had to sum it up in a word then It would be ‘Pivot’.
The moment I learned most from and been most proud of was a pivot. My pivot was to leave my medical for entrepreneurship. I can’t exactly pinpoint the pivot point in my journey because the journey is not a name of a straight line. There have been many moments of clarity along with thoughts that what others will say. However, each time I push myself and find a way to be confident and comfortable in my decision. I love the times of utter failure when everything just went wrong but trust me! That was the best decision of my life.
A pivot is always a change of plan, even if it is only in your head. A pivot cab is big or small, painful or exciting. You may think by making changes in your career will take time and if it goes bad, it will cost you. But you don’t have to worry because there are the following key points that will teach you to become a pivot.
Pivot: The Only Move That Matters is Your Next One Key points
Be aware of your financial situation and skills
When you are in the situation to make a career pivot, you may be nervous but it is not a time to panic, you just have to prepare yourself by taking stock of your skills and finances if you already don’t have one. Your strengths and financial situations might surprise you. By doing this now, you will be ready for all the opportunities that may come your way.
The thing to figure out is that in which thing you are good at. This can be difficult because no one likes to think about their weaknesses. However, it is necessary to look back on your past experiences and performances. Recognize the area of expertise you were good at. It will be a moment when you realize that your career is not going how you expected and you need to make a pivot. You might feel panic, anxiety, or stress. Especially, if you at not still ready for it. But you are not alone in this because according to the survey, many people feel the same in this kind of situation at certain periods in their lives.
Seek out opportunities, they won’t fall on your lap
What will be your next step? Just get out and start taking steps to show that you are committed and confident about your decision. As you seek out opportunities, you need to keep in mind that opportunities will not fall in your lap. You are going to have to seek them out. We all have heard stories of people who were just sitting doing nothing and from nowhere a business opportunity landed in their laps and they ended up making a million dollars. Unless you do extraordinary things, this is not how it works.
The phrase work smarter, not harder is something you will hear often in this space because it is applicable in reality. Instead of waiting for opportunities to find you, go out and create your opportunities. Gather advice from peers, and mentors, and ask your friends and family if they can help you with it. Search job boards, participate in open job houses, and visit job fairs and other career events in your area according to your expertise or passion.
Because in this business world, opportunities are everywhere. You just have to be proactive to seek them out. If you sit by idly hoping for an opportunity to find you, you are going to be waiting for a long time.
Take small experiments to figure out your career’s risks to manage them timely
It may not seem like a big deal or even a huge risk to jump into your next career. Most people who work in the corporate world have done it before. They know that they could always get another job if they got fired. However, if you are working on building a business or dream career, then it is very important to manage the risk that comes with making a transition.
For example, you are a writer and you want to write fiction. However, you don’t want to spend years and years on a novel that could fail. In such a scenario, you make a playful outline for a bunch of stories and put them online as “free samples” of what you want to work on. It will be a promotion for you and give the prospective readers a chance to read your work whether they like it or not. Based on their reviews, you can take your next time either you want to complete your novel or not.
In the startup world, we call these small types of tests “minimum viable products”. They’re often small experiments that allow you to launch an idea and get feedback on whether it’s a good one—without too much time or money. For example, if you want to be a writer, perhaps you start by creating a blog to start building an audience and writing a book. If you want to be a graphic designer, you may launch a side gig doing simple graphics for your friends.
Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Quotes
“You can learn to enjoy calculated risk and uncertainty in exchange for adventure, flexibility, freedom, and opportunity.” Jenny Blake
“What you can plan is too small for you to live.” Jenny Blake
Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Review
Pivot is a book for those readers who want to make transitions in their careers. There are tips and tricks you can use to get avoided any sort of stress and discomfort while changing your pathway. If you have any idea in your head that is not related to your current job then this is the book for you. Read it, Change your mind and Work on your ideas.
To whom I would recommend Pivot: The Only Move That Matters summary?
- A fresh graduate going to take a step in their professional life to figure out what will be the best decision for him.
- Anyone sick of their previous job but has fears in taking the new initiatives.
- Anyone who wants to change his profession.