“Even when all opportunities are exhausted, you can always pivot.”
That quote comes via Jeff Goins in The Art of Work. (This post contains Affiliate links, thank you for supporting Immensely Social at no extra cost to you.)
A fabulous book, I recommend. In that chapter, called Pivot Points, Jeff talks about the idea of pivoting in basketball. When your two steps are used up, you can still pivot on one foot to change directions. As it turns out, this is a great business and life concept.
I had a minor pivot experience this morning when my Internet was out upon awakening. I used to get extremely frustrated when this happens, but now I just change directions…
I grabbed a book and headed to a quaint café close by to embark on some creative time. I sipped coffee, ate Greek yogurt, read, and watched the passers-by. It’s good to take a break from the usual order.When our work or lives are “stuck,” we need to pivot, to change directions. @jeffgoins Click To Tweet
Living abroad, with all the given frustrations, has taught me that. It’s a lesson for which I’m very thankful.
“A pivot is powerful because it takes away all of your excuses. It puts you back in control of the game you’re playing. Pivoting isn’t plan B; it’s part of the process.”
Setbacks will always occur and it is how we handle them that matter. My career path has pivoted drastically on a number of occasions. From Early Education to the health food industry to now writing web content. If someone had told me, in the beginning, that this is where I would be, I wouldn’t have believed it. But, that is how life typically unfolds… not in a straight line, but a weaving and ever changing one.
We alone are responsible for our dreams,
“The world can be cruel. It’s nobody’s responsibility to make your dream come true. Tough times will come, and what determines a person’s success during such trying times is the ability to pivot…Failure is the best friend you will ever have if you learn from it.”
We can view failure not as taking us away from our true path, but as a stepping stone to it.
Choose an area to start and figure out how you can adjust that footwork to get you in the direction you need to be. Happy Pivoting.
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