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There are moments in my life when I feel the need for a significant course correction, whether in personal matters or my business direction. Life often throws unexpected challenges our way, and it's during these times that a great book can be a lifeline for sorting through the mental hurdles of what to do next. I firmly believe that making a profound life pivot begins with our mindset and the emotional decisions we make.
I'm sharing a book report on Adam Markel's "Pivot" because I encountered it during a phase of what I call "life version 2.0." More and more, I find people who've faced situations similar to mine or gone through significant life changes. Life can be like a knuckleball, unpredictable and challenging to hit.
Sometimes, these changes are voluntary, like when I quit my job 20 years ago due to terrible management or when external factors force us to pivot. There are countless reasons for such shifts. "Pivot" by Adam Markel helps readers connect with their true selves and make decisions that align with their authentic desires.
In a world where many focus on survival or mundane realities, "Pivot" is a game-changer. It shares stories of people who transformed their lives by making different choices, highlighting that we can, too. The book starts by emphasizing that clarity and momentum are essential for any pivot – clarity means changing our beliefs and self-perception, while momentum involves forward motion without quitting.
Markel outlines six steps to gain clarity: unbelief in myths that hold us back, releasing the past, facing fear, being comfortable with changing identity, envisioning a new future, and making the pivotal decision. He addresses common myths people hold about pivoting, emphasizing that change is not reserved for others and that the real risk lies in not trying at all.
The book also dispels the notion that one must burn all bridges when pivoting. Instead, it encourages envisioning a realistic change, preserving aspects that serve us, and creating a clear, sustainable plan. Lastly, "Pivot" emphasizes that waiting for the perfect moment is counterproductive. Pivoting is a process, and it's within our control to take small, deliberate steps toward change.
Chapter 9, "Pivot People," highlights that change is a team sport. No one pivots alone, and involving mentors or peers can be instrumental. Overall, "Pivot" provides a methodical approach to working through the thought process of significant life changes, making it a valuable resource, especially for those looking to succeed in personal brand businesses, where mindset plays a pivotal role. So, I encourage you to check out this book and share your thoughts with me. I'm considering more book reports, and your feedback will help guide my future content.
Book: Pivot by Adam Merkel
Online Course: Solopreneur 90 Day Launch Plan
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