Some of my favorite stories from the Smart Passive Income Podcast are those where brave entrepreneurs took risks, changed career paths, and found enormous success in the process. Today's guest is an expert on this kind of pivoting—in fact, she literally wrote the book on it. She's Jenny Blake, author of PIVOT, a handbook for navigating life's big turning points.
Before writing PIVOT, Jenny worked at Google while writing and developing her own side business at the same time. After five and a half years at her Google job, she decided to strike out on her own as an entrepreneur. The transition was complicated, stressful, and a little bit scary. That same transition was also the seed of a whole new way of approaching (and teaching others how to approach) change.
Jenny created the “pivot method” to help others embrace their strengths, take concrete steps toward the career of their dreams, and survive major life transitions. It's a radical, rational way of diving into the unknown—one I think every entrepreneur should explore. In this episode, Jenny offers up a glimpse of the “pivot framework,” along with personal stories on how that framework helped shape her own career.
Join Jenny and me as we explore the nuts and bolts of successful pivoting!
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Entrepreneur and pivoting expert Jenny Blake joins me to talk about her book, PIVOT, a handbook for navigating life's big turning points.
- Jenny's personal experience with pivoting to a new career path.
- The “pivot framework” for figuring out where to take your career next.
- How to know when you've arrived at one of life's pivot moments.
- Advice for balancing your fear of the unknown with your curiosity for new experiences.
- Why going back to childhood can help you identify your entrepreneurial strengths.
- What NOT to fixate on while pivoting.
- A more effective approach to giving advice.
- A “pivotability” self-assessment, and more!
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