Pivoting. What does it mean and how to do it?

One of our favourite commencement addresses here at Inspird International is Steve Jobs in Stanford 2005 (you can watch it here). In that speech he struck a chord that I would like to elaborate on further in this post:

“When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.” – Steve Job, 2005.

We agree. Steve Job’s emphasised the point that you have to be proud of, and passionate about, what you are doing. That is the only way to achieve greatness. Inspird International was created to encourage you to go out follow your passion 110%. Sometimes, this means you are going to have to ‘pivot’ away from your current lifestyle.


So what do I mean by pivoting? Pivoting is changing your current direction towards a new one. The reason you pivot is because when you evaluate your longer term goals, you realise that the path you are travelling along no longer navigates you to your desired destination. Therefore, you realise you have to change course and find a better pathway to your goals.

Obviously pivoting is not easy. Being human, we are predisposed to seek comfort and are hesitant to change. But the benefit is enormous: following your dream, and not regretting going after it and feeling low every day.

So how can you pivot successfully? Well there are two obvious approaches:

  1. 180 degrees: This approach is the ‘quit cold turkey’ approach. Essentially you drop everything in your life and focus solely and pursuing your passion. The benefits of this are clearly 100% commitment to your dream; however, it is quite daunting and risky which is why you may prefer the approach below.
  2. 1 degree at a time: This approach is more favourable if you want to pivot slowly or are keen to explore another area more deeply without changing everything in your life. By one degree at a time, I mean you make small incremental steps in your life so that you move closer to a better path towards your dream.

So if you’re not enjoying what you are doing day in day out at the moment, perhaps it is time to pivot.



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