Chapter 8: Learn to Pivot
Learning to pivot on your road to success doesn’t mean you give up on your goals, or an intended outcome; it means that you may have to slightly adjust your direction in order to get to your final destination. If we take a look at all the things we have in life, there is constant pivoting to get a desired result. If your current course of action isn’t delivering the desired results, you don’t have to make a drastic course change, you may just need to pivot or tweak a few things.
I am writing this book as a pivot on my planned course of success. I didn’t personally plan on writing a book this early, but I met a publisher, Tara Richter, and she had this amazing process for getting a book published for very little cost by using today’s technology. If my plan to write a book was 18 months down the road, but Tara is here to help me accomplish it now, I would be a fool not to take some extra time out of my day and get it done. I already have on my plan that I want to write a series of books to help high school students and teachers. My main goal and focus in life is to make the high school experience more valuable, rewarding, and memorable for students and teachers through quality product and service development. After a long thought process, I know that I can now make a pivot and accomplish my goals way earlier than intended.
I define a pivot this way: a pivot is an action against the actions that aren’t currently working, that has to take place immediately so that you can continue to move in the best direction to reach the desired destination. A pivot makes things better not worse. A pivot may cause you to give up some extra personal play or rest time.
This is a part of a chapter from my book Learning Curve: How to Prepare For Success When You Don’t Know Where Your Life Is Going by Pierce Brunson. Every Monday and Thursday for the next 12 weeks I will share parts of the book starting today 3/17/2014. The next shares will come from my new book Rock The Crowd (Wednesday/ Friday Schedule starting 4/21/2014), a book that helps teachers give the best performances of their life as they teach their students.
Learning Curve: How To Prepare for Success When You Don’t Know Where Your Life Is Going is dedicated to helping the high school student that desires success in life but doesn’t know exactly what they want to do or how to do it. During this confusing and stressful time most students just pick a college major or get a job and just hope things work out. Well, that strategy is terrible! The best strategy includes learning and adding the characteristics in this book to one’s personality so that as the right opportunities come along the student can take hold of them. Learning Curve is the jumpstart information that helps teens prevent a lifetime of wishing, “if only someone would have told me”, once valuable opportunities have gone away.
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