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This book is for anyone searching for an answer to the question, “What’s next?”



Welcome to 3 Things You Can Use, where Maddi and I decode self-improvement and entrepreneurship through books, three things at a time. This week’s book is Pivot: The Only Move That Matters is Your Next One, by Jenny Blake.

Amazon tells us,

“This book is for anyone searching for an answer to the question “what’s next?” Whether you have hit a plateau in your perfect-on-paper job, are considering taking on a new role in your current job, are thinking about starting your own business, or want to move into a new industry altogether, one thing remains clear: Your career success depends on your ability to determine your next best move. If change is the only constant, let’s get better at it.”


So, what are three things we can use from this book?


3 Things You Can Use


1. Pivot or Get Pivoted

The American dream.

Picket fence, car, house.

Get a pension plan, work for 40 years and retire.

But that kind of thing is far less common now-a-days.

According to some polls done by Gallup, the average tenure is 4-5 years. And if you’re in the 25-30 bracket, it drops to 3 years.

With pension plans becoming less and less available and technology expanding at such a high rate, automating all sorts of jobs, staying in a job long-haul is becoming more and more of a stretch of an idea.

Job security has become antiquated, whether you’re aware of it or not.

So whether you’re planning on leaving on your own… or not… the Pivot system will help you to both mitigate risk and eventually establish some financial freedom.


2. The Pivot Method

The Pivot Method is a 4 step process designed to help you to best decide where to go next — and then get you there.

The 4 step process is as follows:

Plant – Double down on existing strengths, interests, and experiences. Identify what is working best and where you want to end up, then start to bridge the gap between two.

Scan – Scan for opportunities and identify new skills without falling prey to analysis paralysis or compare and despair. Explore options by leveraging the network and experience you already have.

Pilot – Run small experiments to determine next steps. Do side projects to test ideas for your next move, taking the pressure off having the entire answer up front.

Launch – Take smart risks to launch with confidence in a new direction. Set benchmarks to decide when the time is right to go all-in on your new direction.


3. Know Your Strengths

Knowing your strengths is key to the pivot process. Without this, you won’t know where to point your career crossbow.

Jenny Blake shows us how to get comprehensive look at our strengths by putting together our results from a few tests.

Take your Myers-Briggs, your Big 5 and/or your Enneagram, then use what you find in these personality tests to get a good idea of your personality strengths.

Next, consider your work history:

– What sort of experience do you have?

– What kind of marketable skill do you have or have you developed?

– What sort of things have you achieved? What results?

– Finally what does your workplace reputation say about you?

Then put together a good picture of your workplace strengths.

Then, reach back into your youth and do your own Freudian psychoanalysis. What sort of strengths can you determine from how you handled situations in your past?

And if that’s not enough for you and you really want to know your strengths, buy the book strengthsfinder 2.0 and go take the test.



Pivot or get pivoted. Job security is more an illusion than ever and having just one iron in the fire just ain’t gonna cut it.

Plant, scan, pilot and launch with each pivot to give yourself the best odds.

Knowing your strengths is key to knowing which direction to choose. Figure your strengths through a multitude of tests and resources.


Pivot was good. Most of the other career books out there take one aspect and run with it. Jenny Blake takes all of those other books, condenses them, and then puts them all back together in order in this one. It’s an ordered combination of mini-versions of every career, self-help book.

There are lots of tools and it was very actionable. And while her process is based on her own story, she also backs it up with other people’s anecdotes too.

So check out this one and build your own personalized pivot plan, whether you’re just planning for the future or are ready for some implementation.


She also has some additional resources to check out including a full list of tools located at, as well as a summaries of each stage of the process at


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