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Pivot with Jenny Blake

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What’s next for your career and creative projects? Learn to embrace fear, insecurity, imperfection and intuition as the superpowers they are while navigating the pivot process. Join Jenny Blake, author of Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One, for intimate conversations with authors and friends on finding opportunity in unexpected places through practical tips and tools. Jenny’s motto? If change is the only constant, let’s get better at it. Subscribe now so you don’t miss an episode, view show notes at http://PivotMethod.com/podcast, and join Jenny’s private community for side-hustlers and solopreneurs at http://pivotmethod.com/momentum.

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What’s next for your career and creative projects? Learn to embrace fear, insecurity, imperfection and intuition as the superpowers they are while navigating the pivot process. Join Jenny Blake, author of Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One, for intimate conversations with authors and friends on finding opportunity in unexpected places through practical tips and tools. Jenny’s motto? If change is the only constant, let’s get better at it. Subscribe now so you don’t miss an episode, view show notes at http://PivotMethod.com/podcast, and join Jenny’s private community for side-hustlers and solopreneurs at http://pivotmethod.com/momentum.

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Just what I needed

By diannakds - Dec 31 2017
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Pivot has changed my life! Thank you and keep up the great work!

I love it

By Lost and found you - Mar 11 2017
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I got to learn a lot, keep the hard work. I like the enthusiasm you have.

iTunes Ratings

113 Ratings
Average Ratings
98
10
3
1
1

Just what I needed

By diannakds - Dec 31 2017
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Pivot has changed my life! Thank you and keep up the great work!

I love it

By Lost and found you - Mar 11 2017
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I got to learn a lot, keep the hard work. I like the enthusiasm you have.
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Pivot with Jenny Blake

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Rank #196 in Careers category

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What’s next for your career and creative projects? Learn to embrace fear, insecurity, imperfection and intuition as the superpowers they are while navigating the pivot process. Join Jenny Blake, author of Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One, for intimate conversations with authors and friends on finding opportunity in unexpected places through practical tips and tools. Jenny’s motto? If change is the only constant, let’s get better at it. Subscribe now so you don’t miss an episode, view show notes at http://PivotMethod.com/podcast, and join Jenny’s private community for side-hustlers and solopreneurs at http://pivotmethod.com/momentum.

Rank #1: 88: Artist Seth Price on Finding Freedom in Bad Ideas, Balancing Commerce and Creation in Business

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“Ultimate freedom would mean having just enough money not to have to think about money, and not to have to work all the time.”
—Artist Seth Price, F*ck Seth Price

*Language warning for this week's episode if you have kiddos around! Per the book title above :)*

I am so excited about this week's guest that I was at peak awkwardness during the interview, so please forgive a few choppy edits here and there! I normally don't edit "in line" for the Pivot pod to keep things as natural (and perfectly imperfect!) as possible, but in this case I cleaned up the recording for clarity and concision so that you could get the very best of Seth Price's brilliant mind and philosophy as a renowned multi-disciplinary visual artist. 

Seth's novel, F*ck Seth Price, is one of my most gifted and recommended for fellow creatives. His commentary on the relationship between art, freedom and commerce is sharp, truthful and deeply thought-provoking. As my dad wrote in his Amazon review, "This is the finest, funniest, most incisive book dealing with art and culture that I have read in the past forty years . . . a sort of 'Book of Common Prayer' for all artists entering New York City. Don’t get off the bus, plane, train without it." 

With that, I turn the tables over to our interview for you to get a unique peek into Seth Price's approach to experimenting, persona-dropping, art-making, freedom pursuing, and building on "bad" ideas!

Check out full show notes from this episode with links to resources mentioned at PivotMethod.com/podcast/seth-price

More About Seth Price

Seth Price is an American multi-disciplinary artist who works in a wide range of media. Price’s current exhibition Social Synthetic is now on view at the Brandhorst Museum in Munich, Germany after traveling from the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. He is the author of several notable books including Dispersion (2002), Poems (2003), How to Disappear in America (2008), and his latest and the topic of today’s show - an “auto-fiction” novel called F*ck Seth Price (2015). 

Topics We Cover

  • Why he chose to take a risk and title his book “F*ck Seth Price”

  • Exploring things that make him uncomfortable, that have the charge of bad ideas

  • The thing you think is the bad idea is the live part of it, what makes it interesting

  • Giving his students the assignment to make a bad video - how freeing it was to remove the idea of taste or quality

  • Separating the idea of “pleasing” art from beautiful

  • Why writing his book as a novel enabled him to be more free -

  • Finding a style that makes expression even possible

  • What happens when art becomes your career? How does that jive with autonomy, expression, internal quest

  • Four main motivations: freedom, craft, money, scene

  • Dropping what works to experiment with new directions - the “readiness of will to jettison an entire artistic career precisely when it was going well.”

  • The machine of maintaining a persona; flirting with renunciation - the attempt to remove his entire presence from the internet

  • Balancing “hermit mode” with external inputs

  • Freedom to improvise; the jazz of art, business

  • Radical play, breaking rules when you need to

  • The “what the hell is this effect” of viewing some contemporary art or music

  • On originality and not worrying about what’s already been done

  • Juggling career and business side of art, which can sometimes be antithetical to creativity

  • Make a big mess and trust that if you’re into it, at some point others will be too

Podcast: Artist Seth Price on Finding Freedom in Bad Ideas, Balancing Commerce and Creation in Business

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Mar 05 2018
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Rank #2: 99: My Morning Routine—How Successful People Start Every Day Inspired with Benjamin Spall

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Although many of us aspire to rewarding morning routines (and enjoy geeking out on the best of what others come up with), on some days just getting out of bed is a victory. To this end, one of my favorite quotes from Benjamin Spall and Michael Xander's new book, My Morning Routine: How Successful People Start Every Day Inspired, comes from Ana Marie Cox, a political columnist and culture critic.

Cox says, "When you come up with a morning routine, understand that you’re undertaking it in order to do something good for yourself, not to meet some stranger’s standard of productivity."

With that in mind, I invite you to this week's conversation with Ben where we discuss common themes across morning routines, and how to take some pressure off of trying to meet impossibly high Inner Critic Morning Routine Police expectations. I'm also honored to be featured in My Morning Routine, with a subtitle for my chapter that made me chuckle: "When your evening routine starts at 3:00 in the afternoon." Listen in to find out what I do with all that wind-down time :) 

Check out full show notes from this episode with links to resources mentioned at PivotMethod.com/podcast/morning-routine.

More About Benjamin Spall

Benjamin Spall is a writer and the founding editor of the website My Morning Routine, with his co-founder Michael Xander. Their new book of the same name, My Morning Routine: How Successful People Start Every Day Inspired, launches this month. Originally from England, Benjamin moved to the United States two years ago for love (and married her). He's written for outlets including the Huffington Post, 99U, The Next Web, and Thought Catalog. 

Podcast: My Morning Routine: How Successful People Start Every Day Inspired with Benjamin Spall

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Check out other episodes of the Pivot Podcast here. Be sure to subscribe via iTunesGoogle Play or SoundCloud, and if you enjoy the show I would be very grateful for a rating and/or review! Sign-up for my weekly(ish) #PivotList newsletter to receive curated round-ups of what I'm reading, watching, listening to, and new tools I'm geeking out on.

Want to support the show and become a founding member of the Pivot Podcast community? Join us on Patreon here.

May 13 2018
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Rank #3: 105: Tools for Transitions—Just Ahead Mentors, Jealousy Antidotes, and Powerful Small Steps to Find Jobs (or Clients) with Dev Aujla

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Contrary to popular belief that trolling for a new job or client is the drag of all drags, a process that should be hurried through as quickly as possible, Dev Ajula believes our careers can be avenues for inquiry. His book, 50 Ways to Get a Job has a hidden curriculum that stretches so far beyond the job-search, and is relevant to everyone, including entrepreneurs. “Our careers and the questions they answer are lifelong pursuits,” Dev says.

I thoroughly enjoyed this conversation and learning more about Dev's incredible long-term passion project: building a non-traditional Sorted Library based on the power of inquiry in DUMBO, New York (the Instagram account alone is a must-peruse!). 

Check out full show notes from this episode with links to resources mentioned at PivotMethod.com/podcast/dev-aujla. Enjoying the show? Make my week by donating just $1 and episode at Patreon.com/pivot.

More About Dev Aujla

Dev Aujla is the CEO of Catalog, a recruiting and advisory firm that has provided talent and high-level strategy to some of the world’s most innovative companies including BMW, Change.org, GOOD Magazine, and Planned Parenthood. For ten years, Dev ran DreamNow, a nonprofit design studio that builds products and programs that change the world. DreamNow has reached more than 500,000 people and raised millions of dollars for projects that do good. In his spare time, Dev runs an incredible passion project called Sorted Library, a small independent reading space in DUMBO, New York. He is the coauthor of Making Good: Finding Meaning, Money, and Community in a Changing World and his latest book, 50 Ways to Get a Job.

Topics We Cover

  • How a bookstore closing led to fulfilling his childhood dream

  • “It might take me 20 years to build, and I hope it does."

  • Finding a “just ahead mentor.” After seeing what his friend Andrew was up to, “All of my hesitations and insecurities vanished and I knew what I was doing was both real and valuable”

  • Dealing with jealousy (which is often magnified during times of transition) - what he learned from touring artist Donald Judd’s SoHo industrial building (four separate floors for eating, entertaining, working and sleeping)

  • In that moment of what’s next, you actually have the chance to re-think everything: relationship to time, money, space, how we live and work

  • The advice we get on how to find jobs is static…leads to an emotional nosedive, demoralizing. “From that emotional bottom you are in your worst position to be searching, negotiating a salary, or building the skills and confidence you need to know you are worthy of a job with purpose.”

  • The act of finding a job should feel the same as the job itself—an engaging experience that has purpose and direction. It should be filed with wonder, possibility, and the conviction that there is a path forward.”

  • You are already in the middle of your career. A beginning can often feel like a cold start with zero momentum

  • Three great reset activities for in-between moves: schedule a vacation buffer, a research trip, and a solo trip

  • Go on a solo trip: “I guarantee you’ll be two or three days closer to getting a job because you’ll be clearheaded, grounded, and ready to make important decisions about your career.”

  • How Buddhist practices are woven throughout the book

  • Spirituality and religion has always been answering the question of how should a person be; there are so many great lessons to draw on from all kinds of different religions on how to do that

  • Rise of religious “nones”

  • Spirituality is a practice: it’s what we do every day, how we think and show up and relate to others.

  • Subway: finding interest in the details, practice deep listening

  • How to find your center of gravity, the thing that skews what you’re seeing (+ gravity log exercise): “Mine revolves around being liked or loved, and it affects everything in my life. My career had actually been built to benefit from my center of gravity.”

  • Decide when to work for free, benefits of volunteering

  • Make a learn list

  • Class privilege and how that shows up in a job search; allows you to step into the world in a way that’s a little gentler - to use what you have to do good

Tools for Transitions with Dev Aujla

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Check out other episodes of the Pivot Podcast here. Be sure to subscribe via iTunesGoogle Play or SoundCloud, and if you enjoy the show I would be very grateful for a rating and/or review! Sign-up for my weekly(ish) #PivotList newsletter to receive curated round-ups of what I'm reading, watching, listening to, and new tools I'm geeking out on.

Want to support the show and become a founding member of the Pivot Podcast community? Join us on Patreon here.

Jun 24 2018
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Rank #4: 52: Martha Beck on Enlightenment and Messages our Bodies Send

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"Suffering is a sign you are about to be woken up again."

—Martha Beck

This week we tackle a tiny little topic—enlightenment—with one of my all-time favorite authors and thinkers, Martha Beck. I have read all eight of Martha's books (two or three times each) as they helped me through some of my biggest transitions in life and work. 

I admire Martha for her tremendous courage. She's been through hell and back, from leaving the Mormon church despite getting death threats and her entire family disowning her, keeping her pregnancy after finding out her baby had Down Syndrome and her Harvard colleagues suggested otherwise, or following her body's signals to turn away from the academic life that was making her sick, and even saying no to Oprah when it didn't feel right to say yes.

Martha is someone who blazes her own trails and has inspired me to do the same time and time again. I hope you enjoy this week's episode with one of my greatest author heroes. 

More About Martha Beck

Martha Beck is the author of several memoirs and self-help books, some of which, to her continued astonishment, are best sellers, including Expecting AdamFinding Your Own North StarSteering By Starlight and Finding Your Way in a Wild New World.

Her newest book, Diana, Herself: An Allegory of Awakening, is the first installment of her Bewilderment Chronicles trilogy, and is her first foray into fiction. You can also find her unique blend of wit and wisdom every month in O, The Oprah Magazine, as the resident life coach.

Topics We Cover

  • How Martha defines enlightenment; it's not a rock but a river: "a current that flows through us when we allow it."

  • Any sense impression that takes you toward it is helpful

  • Bewilderment: how to become your wilder, or essential, self; underlying biological self that knows what you want and what your life should be. How to tune into that.

  • "Drop all socialization and become who you would be if you were raised without any strictures at all."

  • Shackles on vs. shackles off

  • Transformation of consciousness happening in the world

  • The courage to blaze her own trail at times it seemed crazy to others

  • "I don't tolerate suffering well. When I'm in enough pain, I'll do pretty much anything to stop hurting."

  • Her near-death experience, and the message to move away from suffering of all kinds; unbelievable level of peace, joy and love. "I did not have the wherewithal to move away from that feeling ever again."

  • Rare disorders that went away: "my body reacted with incredible speed and intensity when I did something that was wrong for me."

  • Messages our bodies send us, how they get louder when we don't listen

  • It's not the body that throws a temper tantrum when we go the wrong way, it's our mind. "It's the most empirical thing you can do to say, What do you feel physically in your body right now? Anybody can do that."

  • The body is the most level-headed and compassionate teacher. It is relentless and pitiless in showing you how to be happy.

  • Body signals get stronger—how she responds when she notices the first signs of anxiety or distractedness before physical pain occurs.

  • The Integrity Cleanse: never ever ever do something out of your integrity—even slightly out of your integrity. She's been doing this for 18 months. "The truth will set you free - and when you get to total truth it is magical."

  • Example: saying no to go on The Oprah Show because she was in the midst of a gathering she created for friends, the purpose project. Even if it meant she would never be on the show again, she knew being on the show wouldn't have the intrinsic joy she has when headed straight toward her purpose.

  • "I respectfully do not care (what you think)."

  • People flow; fractal forms of consciousness

  • Chaos theory and our adaptability to change: why does it cause so much anxiety for us?

  • Surrender and serendipity

  • Following curiosity even when you don't know where it will lead

Podcast: Martha Beck on Enlightenment, Trail Blazing, and Messages our Bodies Send

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Check out other episodes of the Pivot Podcast here. Be sure to subscribe via iTunesAndroid or SoundCloud, and if you enjoy the show I would be very grateful for a rating and/or review! Sign-up for my weekly #PivotList newsletter to receive curated round-ups of what I'm reading, watching, listening to, and new tools I'm geeking out on.

Dec 04 2016
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Rank #5: 45: Happy Launch Day!! Pivot for the Podcast: James Altucher Interviews Jenny

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"To pivot well is the difference between millions and failure. Former Googler and entrepreneur Jenny Blake (one of my favorite human beings) dissects the pivot, how to do it, and how to do it right."

—James Altucher, book endorsement for PIVOT: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One

One of my favorite authors, bloggers and friends—James Altucher, author of Choose Yourself and the Choose Yourself Guide to Wealthtakes over the Pivot Podcast this week to interview yours truly. I couldn't imagine a better way to celebrate the book launch—be sure to grab your copy wherever books are sold!! 

I also take over James' show today as his guest host—if you don't already subscribe to his podcasts, get on it! They're my favorites that I listen to: The James Altucher Show and Question of the Day (with Freakonomics co-author Stephen Dubner). 

James and I are New York City neighbors and now great pals; after running into each other three times in two weeks last year, we decided fate was telling us to be friends. If you haven't already, check out our New Years kick-off episode of the Pivot Podcast, Reinvent Yourself (related to his 55-item Reinvent Yourself checklist, poster in-full here). 

I had so much fun having these conversations, and I hope you do too! 

More About Today's Guest Host, James Altucher

James Altucher is a successful entrepreneur, angel investor, chess master and prolific writer. He has started and run more than 20 companies and is currently invested in over 30. He is the author of 17 books, and hosts 2 podcasts with 16 million downloads and counting.

His writing has appeared in major media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, The New York Observer, Techcrunch, The Financial Times, Yahoo Finance and others. His blog, JamesAltucher.com, has attracted more than 20 million readers since its launch in 2010. James was also recently featured in the New York Times Style section (front-page): Why Self-Help Guru James Altucher Only Owns 15 Things.

Podcast: PIVOT Launch Day! James Altucher Interviews Jenny Blake

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Check out other episodes of the Pivot Podcast here. Be sure to subscribe via iTunesAndroid or SoundCloud, and if you enjoy the show I would be very grateful for a rating and/or review! Sign-up for my weekly #PivotList newsletter to receive curated round-ups of what I'm reading, watching, listening to, and new tools I'm geeking out on.

Sep 06 2016
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Rank #6: 121: Raise Your Game (and Ditch Compare-and-Despair) with Alan Stein Jr.

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Nobody knows the daily grind of competition and mental game better than athletes and coaches. Today I’m thrilled to share a conversation with basketball and performance coach Alan Stein Jr. on how we can apply these hard-fought principles to building better businesses.

Alan first blew me away with his networking skills — he joined a private group we’re both part of and quickly became an integral member, after I’d been mostly wall-flowering as the hidden introvert that I am. We talk about his strategies for building relationships and ditching unhelpful compare-and-despair for mindsets that are far more helpful and empowering.

Check out full show notes from this episode with links to resources mentioned at PivotMethod.com/podcast/raise-your-game. Enjoying the show? Make my week by donating just $1 and episode at Patreon.com/pivot.

More About Alan Stein Jr.

Alan is a world-renowned coach, speaker and author. He spent 15+ years working the highest performing basketball players on the planet and now teaches audiences how to utilize the same strategies in business that elite athletes use to perform at a world-class level.

Alan specializes in improving individual and organizational leadership, performance and accountability. He inspires and empowers everyone he works with to take immediate action and improve mindset, habits and productivity.

Topics We Cover

  • How he approaches entering a new group as part of professional pivoting (From basketball coach to professional speaker and author)

  • What can I do to serve the group? Emphasize what others need—with no expectation

  • Spent 20 years in the basketball space 

  • Pivoting from player to coach to business and professional speaking

  • How Alan embraced the fact that he’s a rookie on the corporate side; why he’s thankful that he has never had a corporate job

  • Have to use our strengths, talents, passions

  • The story of two teams . . . David and Goliath 

  • Believe you have the advantage, and don’t worry about the competition 

  • Comparison is a game none of us can win

  • Turn the competitiveness toward yourself: look at past results (can I beat what I’ve currently been doing?) and what I believe I’m capable of (can I be bigger, better?)

  • Moving past jealousy, envy in sports, business, looks and life

  • Questions: What sacrifices do I need to make? What challenges should I expect? 

  • Sacrifice: have to be willing to do things others won’t do in order to get to places where not everybody does

  • Every time you say yes to something, you are saying no to something else

  • One of the biggest mistakes we can make is thinking a big goal is going to be easy; it’s okay to expect challenges and adversity, and being told no on a daily basis 

  • Three categories: the next play, controlables, the process

  • Controlables: there are only two things in this world that we have 100% control over 100% of the time: our effort, and our attitude 

  • There’s a lot more in our sphere of influence (preparation, enthusiasm) 

  • Successful people will readily say that effort is a choice; by default, that means that not working hard is also a choice 

  • Parents always said to him: You don’t control what other people do to you, but you do control how you react, and how you choose to internalize that (or not) 

  • All high performers use feedback to make them better

  • Alan’s three favorite recent books

Raise Your Game with Alan Stein Jr.

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Want to support the show and become a founding member of the Pivot Podcast community? Join us on Patreon here.

Jan 13 2019
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Rank #7: 112: Whose Voice is in Your Head? Perfection Detox Round Two with Petra Kolber

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I am beyond lucky to have the brilliant Petra Kolber as one of my best friends in New York City, and just delighted to celebrate her book launch this week!! It's been a long journey, and one that forced her to confront the very message of her book: overcoming the inner critic and imposter syndrome because "the world needs your voice, not your perfect silence."

As I wrote in the show notes for our first Pivot Podcast interview in January 2017, Petra just radiates joy and truly walks her talk. When she enters a room, it lights all the way up with her positivity, passion for life and joie de vivre.

But that doesn't mean she hasn't wrestled with her own dragons, particularly around perfectionism (as have so many of us). Coming from decades in the fitness industry, Petra struggled with the pressure to be perfect in looks, body, business, and beyond. 

As a two-time cancer survivor, she is passionate about waking people up to the precious gift of time. Her mission is to inspire people to move more and to fear less, so they can stretch their dreams, strengthen their courage muscle, and build an inspired life full of joy and gratitude. In this follow-up show we explore her book publishing process ups and downs, moving past the mirror, the platinum rule (a favorite new concept!) of self-compassion, and much more. 

Let's support her launch!! Grab a copy of The Perfection Detox: Tame Your Inner Critic, Live Bravely, and Unleash Your Joy, and check out Petra's awesome podcast, Perfection Detox. You can also get lots of goodies to go with the book at PerfectionDetox.com

View the show notes for this episode at PivotMethod.com/podcast/perfection-detox-2.

More About Petra Kolber

Petra Kolber is an internationally renowned fitness expert and wellness leader who is known as a crusader for change and a beacon of authentic happiness, helping people stand up for their lives and live profoundly from their hearts. In her 25 years in the fitness world she has starred in and choreographed sixty award-winning videos and fitness programs, and has worked with many top brands including Reebok, Gatorade, California Walnuts, and the Daily Burn.

As a two-time cancer survivor, she is passionate about waking people up to the precious gift of time. Her mission is to inspire people to move more and fear less so that they can stretch their dreams, strengthen their courage muscle and build an inspired life, full of joy and gratitude. In her spare time, Petra is an aspiring DJ, a budding cook, an avid traveler and podcast maven. Petra’s first book was just released, The Perfection Detox: Tame Your Inner Critic, Live Bravely, and Unleash Your Joy.

Topics We Cover

  • Grappling with raising her hand as an expert, standing out when it wasn’t encouraged in British culture

  • Whose voice is in your head? “Your father is a drunk,” and “You could stand to lose a couple pounds.” (choreographer - shame sat in my soul for years)

  • On exercise (versus movement): “Maybe the workout I had just missed would be the one that would eventually unravel the career I had worked so hard to establish.”

  • Separate who you are from what you do, and what others have to say about it

  • Seth Godin: “to be remarkable you need to be remarked on.” - people will remark on what they like and what they don’t

  • Gary V: “We are either on offense or defense”

  • Byron Katie’s response: “You’re right” - don’t waste our time attacking the other person either

  • Petra, “Well that’s interesting”

  • Downgrade the power of praise - work hard, but we’re not doing it for the outcome of praise

  • Petra’s pivots out of the fitness industry toward something that honors inner qualities

  • Fitness industry made what the body looked like into the definition of success - not as much the vehicle for a bigger life

  • One of the hardest things - especially for women - is the mirror. “I refuse to beat myself up”

  • Think about your words as energy - Golden rule, platinum rule (speak to others as they want to be spoken to), Diamond rule - speak to yourself as you speak to those around you.

  • Control and how that ties in with perfectionism; how does this help me grow? What wound do I need to look at?

  • Commitment aversion is a perfectionistic personality signature trait

  • Psychologist Edith Grotberg: I have (support structures), I am (inner strengths), I can (problem-solving skills, skills we might need to acquire)

  • "I am enough and there is still work that I want to do”

  • Pivoting her message to happiness - response on social media was about the shinyness and how to get there - ways she has adjusted since (without oversharing)

  • When do we share our stories? Three questions: am I looking for something in return? Is this going to make the other person worse, am I doing this as a power play? Am I doing this to connect at a heart level?

  • Aiming at authenticity and transparency, not just connecting “around cracks”

  • Difference between rumination and reflection, procrastination (and “procrastilearning” versus percolation

  • Ideas die in isolation; share your work before you think it’s ready

Podcast: Whose Voice is in Your Head? Perfection Detox Round Two with Petra Kolber

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Check out other episodes of the Pivot Podcast here. Be sure to subscribe via iTunesAndroid or SoundCloud, and if you enjoy the show I would be very grateful for a rating and/or review! Sign-up for my weekly #PivotList newsletter to receive curated round-ups of what I'm reading, watching, listening to, and new tools I'm geeking out on.

Aug 12 2018
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Rank #8: 113: The Seeker's Journey with Daniel Aaron

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So many of us are on a seekers journey—looking for greater knowledge, wisdom, healing, insight and transformation. And may even the ever-elusive holy grail of enlightenment, whatever that means. If you ask me, I believe we have three primary purposes on this planet: to learn, to love and to serve. And of course, to enjoy life along the way :) 

Daniel Aaron is a fascinating fellow seeker who describes his own journey as guided by a divine power, as he explores all variety of mystical and practical practices and shares them with thousands of others through yoga, sangha (community), and coaching. His mission is "to bring in a new era, where the new-normal is love and truth – kindness, authenticity and radiance – for all beings, of every species." I hope you enjoy the this week's conversation! 

Check out full show notes from this episode with links to resources mentioned at PivotMethod.com/podcast/daniel-aaron. Enjoying the show? Make my week by donating just $1 and episode at Patreon.com/pivot.

More About Daniel Aaron

Daniel Aaron is a teacher, writer, and human potential coach with a half century of joyous seeking and more than 25 years of experience in yoga and personal transformation for thousands of others.

Creator of the world-recognized Daniel Aaron Yoga Teacher Trainings in 2005, Daniel also founded the Radiantly Alive Yoga studio in Ubud, Bali in 2012. He is a seeker of wisdom, mystical and practical, and how we can apply it to radically upgrade our lives.

From enlightened gurus to the deepest therapists, cutting-edge nutrition, fasting and cleansing Ashrams, centers and caves, Maine to Bali (with a few hundred vistas along the way), he has lived everything from an excruciating childhood (which was also full of love) to helping others find everyday, guaranteed joy and entrepreneurial brilliance (including his own massively painful lessons and mistakes). 

Topics We Cover

  • His chaotic childhood upbringing, a crucial realization at three years old: “There’s got to be more than this"

  • Being orphaned at a relatively early age amongst parents and siblings

  • How he pulled himself out of hopelessness and turned to a path of seeking

  • Discovering astrology in his twenties despite previously thinking it was ridiculous

  • Describing himself as “He is as ordinary as ordinary can be.”

  • We shine and are our best selves when we accept all parts of ourselves

  • What inspired him to start Radiantly Alive—and how he knew it was time to leave

  • Seeker’s mission: awaken, heal, discover, learn

  • Pain and difficulty as a signal to move on, no longer living his dharma (true path)

  • Creating a virtual sangha, or community, to amplify individuals’ vibrant lives - creates an energy unto itself

  • Buddhism, “It’s hard to awaken on one’s own”

  • Satsang: “Gathering of people in the name of truth” - it’s about our intention when we come together

  • To live a spiritual life in a way that is fulfilling and also contributing to the world

  • What’s behind his philosophies that “his religion is his life,” and his passion in studying "The real yoga of life, beyond the physical fitness practices”

  • Patanjali’s teachings of ahimsa, doing as little harm as possible (non-violence), and satya, or honesty and authenticity—the key to it is to live both of those at the same time

  • His mission is to bring in a new era, where the new-normal is love and truth – kindness, authenticity and radiance – for all beings, of every species.

  • "A world where an aberrant act of meanness creates a ripple of alarm that immediately engenders a response of love and understanding so powerful that it melts the pain and meanness and harmony is restored.”

  • What we are all needing to learn as a culture, the gifts of the darkness: we can’t afford to have division, what we need is inclusion

  • The Fantastic 4 of his daily rituals: The importance of daily practices to remember where he’s set his compass coordinates and stay connected to hope and positivity

  • The Sun Breath exercise and why it’s so powerful to raise frequency or vibration

The Seeker's Journey with Daniel Aaron

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Aug 19 2018
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Rank #9: 89: Turning Pain Into Purpose: Blind Adventurer Erik Weihenmayer on Kayaking the Grand Canyon, Climbing Everest and Building No Barriers

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"My father had been like a broom, constantly sweeping me out into the world, and my mother was like the dustpan gathering up the shattered pieces and rebuilding me, only to have my father sweep me out again."
—Eric Weihenmayer, No Barriers: A Blind Man’s Journey to Kayak the Grand Canyon

This week's guest, Erik Weihenmayer, needs no introduction beyond his incredible life story and mission, and I cannot wait for you to meet him. Erik is an adventurer, author, activist and motivational speaker, who has also become a celebrated and accomplished athlete despite losing his vision at the age of 13. 

He was the first blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest, on May 25, 2001, and completed the Seven Summits the following year, joining 150 mountaineers at the time who had accomplished that feat, but as the only climber who was blind. In 2005, he co-founded No Barriers, a nonprofit organization with the tagline, “What’s within you is stronger than what’s in your way.” The organization helps others with diverse backgrounds and abilities attack challenges head on, problem solve, build winning teams, and serve others. In September 2014, Erik and blinded Navy veteran, Lonnie Bedwell, kayaked the entire 277-miles of the Grand Canyon, considered one of the most formidable whitewater venues in the world.

That’s the focus of his recent book, No Barriers: A Blind Man’s Journey to Kayak the Grand Canyon. In the foreword, Bob Woodruff said, “Erik is simply one of the most remarkable men I have ever met.” I agree, and not just for what he has accomplished, but for who he is—full of heart, soul and inspiring hustle. This episode is one you won't want to miss. 

Check out full show notes from this episode with links to resources mentioned at PivotMethod.com/podcast/no-barriers

Topics We Cover

  • A mentor's advice "Not to let Everest be the greatest thing you've ever done"

  • How he councils others who are physically challenged to get past blame, shame, why me's and actual barriers

  • Mourning the life one thought and what it means to create a new one

  • Why he founded No Barriers and why it's so important to him to surpass perceived boundaries and ones that others often unintentionally project

  • The alchemy of adversity: how to turn pain into purpose

  • On the power of teamwork: his climb with a three-man self-described "gimp" team: one blind man, one paraplegic, and one man with prosthetic legs

  • Kayaking the Grand Canyon: navigating the balance between chaos, control and letting go

  • And much, much more . . .

Podcast: Blind Adventurer Erik Weihenmayer: Beyond Climbing Everest and Kayaking the Grand Canyon Toward No Barriers and Turning Pain Into Purpose

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Mar 14 2018
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Rank #10: 97: Conscious Business, Superconscious Capitalism, and The Meaning Revolution with Fred Kofman: a Teacher Who Changed My Life Without Knowing It

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Although it wouldn't be like him to take much (if any) credit, Fred Kofman changed the trajectory of my life. This week I got the privilege of thanking him, live on the Pivot Podcast. 

A little backstory: In 2006, while working at Google on the training team under Sheryl Sandberg’s Online Sales & Operations organization, I was fortunate to participate in a three-day immersion called Conscious Business, based on a book by visionary leader, teacher, and thinker Fred Kofman.

Just 23 years old at the time, it opened my eyes to powerful principles like taking full responsibility (player versus victim), making and keeping impeccable commitments, integrity in action, success beyond success, and much more. Two small examples: I stopped saying the phrase, “I’ll try” — replacing it instead with what I will (or will not) do and by when — and I aim for total truth in my speech, over even small white lies, such as saying I’m not feeling well as a reason to back out on plans if that’s not true.  

As part of the program, I also had three coaching sessions that led to my biggest contributions at Google and everything I’m doing now. Because of those sessions, I connected with my mission to help others, completed CTI’s coach training and certification, co-created Google’s global Career Guru program to help launch these meaningful conversations for others, started the Life After College blog that became my first book in 2011, then left to pursue my own business, write Pivot . . . and the rest is history—or at least readily available on previous Pivot Podcasts 😃 

And this week, nearly twelve years later, I got to connect with Fred to interview him about his new book, The Meaning Revolution: The Power of Transcendent Leadership, diving into his thoughts around “superconscious capitalism” — how business is enhanced through spirituality, meaning, and love — and how he decided to make his own pivots from Axialent to LinkedIn and now Google as a leadership development advisor.

Most importantly, to Fred: thank you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for who you are, all that you stand for, and the many fires you light within others. 

Check out full show notes from this episode with links to resources mentioned at PivotMethod.com/podcast/meaning-revolution. Enjoying the show? Make my week by donating just $1 and episode at Patreon.com/pivot.

More About Fred Kofman

Fred Kofman is an advisor in leadership development at Google, where he works with top CEOs and executives around the world. An economist trained at UC Berkeley, he taught finance at MIT before founding his global consulting company, Axialent, which has taught its program to more than 15,000 executives.

During that time he wrote Conscious Business: How to Build Value Through Values. As Sheryl Sandberg writes in Lean In, Kofman “will transform the way you live and work.” His new book, hot off the press, is called The Meaning Revolution: The Power of Transcendent Leadership.  

Topics We Cover

  • Fred's perspective that business can and should be seen as a spiritual endeavor

  • Defining Transcendent Leadership, how it relates to “authentic, soul-satisfying happiness”?

  • “Leadership is about getting what can’t be taken, and deserving what is freely given. Some managers think they can coax extraordinary efforts through carrots and sticks. But this is ludicrous. Imagine a thief pointing a gun at you and commanding, 'Give me your respect! Your support! Your friendship!'"

  • Why most employee engagement programs don’t work - the marriage proposal analogy

  • Must have a desire to achieve the goal without committing to the practice; you have to fall in love with the process, "outcomes are cheap"

  • Die before you die: on connecting company mission to individuals’ symbolic immortality projects

  • Describe the company mission in a way that would make your children proud if they told their friends at school

  • Love infused into what we produce; Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s quote that “Every book has a soul” — and how that relates to business

  • Interest in shamanic journeys, how he overcame his hesitancy around sharing his psychedelic experiences in a business book

  • Superconscious capitalism; we must return to the market with helping hands

  • Agape - charitable love, brotherly love, from the Greek translation of the Bible - commit to support even your enemies’ evolution

  • Making the decision to pivot from his company, Axialent, to LinkedIn in 2013 and now to Google (just within the last month, in fact!)

  • Knowing when to pivot: the truth of the relationship to LinkedIn shifted—and they all remain great friends

  • His mission: to help people remember their true nature, rediscover who they are

  • Fluid planning (a man after my own Pivot heart!): the only thing you need is a next step

Conscious Business and The Meaning Revolution with Fred Kofman

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May 02 2018
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Rank #11: 67: What Does Your Soul Know? Flow and Transparency with Penney Peirce

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“To know yourself as a soul . . . you must dissolve everything in the way. The clutter composed of fear, fixed beliefs, and unconsciously ingrained habits."

—Penney Peirce, Transparency: Seeing Through to Our Expanded Human Capacity

What does it mean to make enlightenment normal? How do you remove the filters that dim your soul's wisdom? How can you feel into what wants to happen and find greater flow in life and work? What does it mean to be so authentic and transparent that we live as truth with nothing to hide? Penney and I dive into these questions and many more on this week's show as we discuss her new book, Transparency: Seeing Through to Our Expanded Human Capacity, which I was incredibly honored to write the foreword for. 

This episode of the Pivot Podcast is the fourth our series series together—the Penney & Jenny Show! Check out our previous conversations on Intuition and Frequency, Dreams as a Doorway to 24-Hour Consciousness, and Perception: Navigating Our Non-Linear Universe.

More About Penney Peirce

Penney Peirce is a gifted intuitive empath and visionary, and one of the pioneers in the intuition development movement. She is a popular author, lecturer, counselor, and trainer specializing in intuition development, “skillful perception,” transformation, and dreamwork. She is the author of The Intuitive WayFrequencyLeap of PerceptionDream Dictionary for DummiesThe Present Moment, and her latest: Transparency: Seeing Through to Our Expanded Human Capacity.

Topics We Cover

  • We're all in the flow, the collective consciousness

  • How the book topic found her; clues from earlier books in her body of work

  • How Penney defines transparency and why it serves us now more than ever

  • Dense, thick, clouded, opaque state versus clear diamond light, wisdom, intuition

  • Integrated compassion; compassion becomes the evolutionary force

  • Vulnerability: developing the ability to see through and be seen

  • Left-brain, linear thinking versus shifting into right-brain, holistic, all-inclusive perception

  • "Anytime you are talking negatively to yourself, you're in your left brain."

  • "Certain knowledge can't be known until we're on the same wavelength with it."

  • The Great Ironies — how to embrace paradox

  • Navigating your "personal brand" while being fluid, undefined

  • Humility and authenticity, living as a statement of truth as to who you are in each moment

  • We are all telepathic, we feel each other's energy fields very clearly now

Podcast: What Does Your Soul Know? Flow and Transparency with Penney Peirce

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Oct 07 2017
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Rank #12: 54: Plan Your 2017 Pivot

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!! I'm grateful every day to all of you for being here listening—it's an honor to be walking our pivot paths together. I'm on Day 2 of my first five day silent meditation retreat, but didn't want to leave you hanging! Today I'm sharing the latest Q&A call recording for Momentum, my private community for side-hustlers and solopreneurs, to help you plan your 2017 pivot and set "soul goals" and intentions for the new year. 

If you're looking to kick-off 2017 off with an extra boost of accountability and support, consider joining us! You'll get to know 70 other awesome, smart, generous creatives in addition to twice monthly "Ask Me Anything" Q&A calls. I also teach monthly workshops on specific topics—here's what's on deck:

  • January: How to Lead a PIVOT Mastermind Group

  • January: Scalable Streams of Solopreneur Income

  • February: Crafting Your Career Vision with Lisa Lewis

  • March: Soul Goals: How to Align with Your Inner Blueprint

A la carte, each of these workshops is $47. But if you join Momentum (just $97 a quarter), you'll get access to all five as well as all my other courses, past workshop recordings, Q&A call archive, and private Facebook community. 

Topics I Cover

  • Plan Your 2017 Pivot:

    • Reflecting on 2016: reviewing your progress, challenges and lessons

    • Welcoming 2017: choosing a word or theme for 2017, getting clear on your desires for the year ahead

    • Future self visualization: what would the "you" at the end of 2017 advise you in this moment? Picturing a symbol or gift to remind you throughout the year.

  • Momentum Q&A:

    • How to let go of tasks that feel like a drag or a "should"

    • What to do when exhaustion hits, and one of the biggest keys to recovery

    • Tips on choosing a title for your TED Talk or speech/presentation

    • My approach to setting goals and intentions for the new year, including soul goals, yearly themes, and mind-mapping

    • Recommended practices for highly sensitive people (HSPs)

    • My biggest lessons and surprises of 2016, and what I'll be focusing on in 2017

Podcast: Plan Your 2017 Pivot

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  • Courses:

  • Books:

  • For more support as you continue on your Pivot path, check out:

    • 10-Week Career Pathfinder Course: an online career coaching program that guides you step-by-step to find your calling.

    • Pivot Jumpstart Coaching (two sessions with email in-between): One-on-one support to kickstart and accelerate your pivot-in-progress.

    • Momentum: a private community for solopreneurs and side-hustlers. Get instant access to our private Facebook group, $750 in courses, live workshops, twice monthly Q&A calls with me, quarterly focus tracking, and all my best tools & templates.

Check out other episodes of the Pivot Podcast here. Be sure to subscribe via iTunesAndroid or SoundCloud, and if you enjoy the show I would be very grateful for a rating and/or review! Sign-up for my weekly #PivotList newsletter to receive curated round-ups of what I'm reading, watching, listening to, and new tools I'm geeking out on.

Jan 01 2017
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Rank #13: 122: Digital Minimalism with Cal Newport

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What are the hidden costs of digital clutter? How can we counter screen addiction and phantom phone vibrations? We explore these topics in this episode with Cal Newport as we discuss his new book, Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World.

Cal Newport is a familiar voice on the Pivot Podcast and back by popular demand! On our first episode we discussed deep work—the increasingly important deliberate practice of focused work, especially in a world of cognitive junk. Now we turn to digital minimalism: applying a just enough mindset to our personal technology, freeing ourselves from the overwhelm, distraction, and “fear of missing out” side effects of the always-connected world. Or as Cal quotes Bill Maher from May 2017: “Likes is the new smoking . . . Philip Morris just wanted your lungs, The App Store wants your soul.” 

Check out full show notes from this episode with links to resources mentioned at PivotMethod.com/podcast/digital-minimalism.

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More About Cal Newport

Cal Newport is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University. In addition to researching cutting­ edge technology, he also writes about the impact of these innovations on society. Newport is the author of six books, including his latest, Digital Minimalism, which argues that we should be much more selective about the technologies we adopt in our personal lives, and the bestseller Deep Work, which argues that focus is the new I.Q. in the modern workplace.

Topics We Cover

  • Andrew Sullivan’s “I used to be a human being” and its alarming subtitle: “an endless bombardment of news and gossip and images has rendered us manic information addicts. It broke me. It might break you, too.”

  • Bill Maher, May 2017: “likes is the new smoking...Philip Morris just wanted your lungs, The App Store wants your soul.” 

  • Phones are the new slot machines and ubiquitous billboards. They are programming us—people don’t succumb to screens because they’re lazy, they are pushed into it. 

  • People spend an average of two hours per day on social media and messaging—we seem to have stumbled back into it 

  • Catching people up: our philosophies and challenges 

  • Jenny’s take: soothing not social, and posting not because I have to, but because I find a message I genuinely can’t wait to to share

  • Don’t creators need social media to release their work, and build a platform?

  • Being suspicious of the big companies; consolidating into a small landscape on the Internet rather than doing it on your own 

  • Digital minimalism (less can be more) vs Maximalism (things that might have a little value).

  • The hidden costs of digital clutter: what’s it doing to your mood? Your productivity? This is also complicated by the fact that they mix harm with benefits.

  • Need a philosophy of technology: is this the best way to use technology to support this value?

  • It doesn’t work to just make binary decisions: to use an app or not. Digital minimalists say that’s just a first step. Second step is how and when am I going to use it? 

  • What are the key things I do on this platform? What would I miss? Typically it’s things that could be satisfied in 20 minutes of use twice a week.

  • These technologies allow us to avoid asking the hard questions of what we want to do with our lives, and what type of person we want to be. We can distract ourselves with every moment of our down time. If it was 100 years ago, boredom would be a big motivator. 

  • Higher quality ways to thrive as human beings, and how you can’t let technology dictate what you do with your life. Put it aside, make some hard decisions about what you really love, and what’s really important to you. 

  • Cal Newport’s Digital Declutter Experiment

  • Digital decluttering can be difficult for two reasons: 1. the addiction factor (itch to check or look at something) and 2. high-quality leisure is hard work.

  • Spend more time alone; reclaim leisure

  • Become less available by batching and consolidating text messages. Put phone on “do not disturb” or vibrate by default.

  • Research on social media has a paradox: the more people use social media, the more lonely they feel, and they are interacting with people less in the real world. Being less available by text paradoxically improves relationships.

  • Social media suggestions: stop interacting through likes and comments. Delete social media from phone, and use social media like a pro.

  • Slow Media movement out of Germany; like the slow food movement, but for information. If you’re just jumping around, it’s like fast food. Slow down, consume online information from really high quality sources, and don’t follow a bunch of links. 

  • Take action: break the idea that your phone always has to be with you. Plug back into your own rhythms. 

  • Start reflecting again on what is really valuable to you: activities, connection, etc

Digital Minimalism with Cal Newport

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Cal Newport’s Books:

  • Digital Minimalism, Deep Work, So Good They Can’t Ignore You

Check out other episodes of the Pivot Podcast here. Be sure to subscribe via iTunesGoogle Play or SoundCloud, and if you enjoy the show I would be very grateful for a rating and/or review! Sign-up for my weekly(ish) #PivotList newsletter to receive curated round-ups of what I'm reading, watching, listening to, and new tools I'm geeking out on.

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Feb 08 2019
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Rank #14: 66: Create Multiple Streams of Income with Dorie Clark

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So you become known for your ideas: now what? Many entrepreneurs find out the hard way that being a recognized expert is still not enough to guarantee a healthy living. One of my best friendtors in New York City, Dorie Clark, returns to the show for the third time to complete our Pivot Podcast trilogy—a conversation about her brand new book, Entrepreneurial You: Monetize Your Expertise, Create Multiple Streams of Income and Thrive.

Self-employed for eleven years, Dorie interviewed over 50 entrepreneurs, several who earn multiple six figures each month, to understand what specific tactics it takes to sustain a successful business. In her new book and on this episode, Dorie shares this gold mine of sage advice with us. We talk about how to build the courage and savvy to monetize your expertise and create multiple streams of income so that no matter what happens—the market shifts or you lose your biggest client—you can and will bounce back, and create your ideal lifestyle business in the process.  

If you haven't already, listen to our first episode together on how to Find Your Breakthrough Idea and Build a Following and our second on How to Monetize Your Ideas. And be sure to check out Dorie's Recognized Expert Evaluation Toolkit and her Entrepreneur Self-Assessment, which we mention in this episode.

More About Dorie Clark 

Dorie Clark is a marketing strategy consultant, professional speaker, and frequent contributor to the Harvard Business ReviewTIME, Entrepreneur, and the World Economic Forum blog.

Recognized as a “branding expert” by the Associated Press, Fortune, and Inc. magazine, she is the author of Reinventing You (Harvard Business Review Press, 2013), Stand Out, which was named the #1 Leadership Book of 2015 by Inc. magazine, and her third launches this month: Entrepreneurial You: Monetize Your Expertise, Create Multiple Streams of Income and Thrive.

Topics We Cover

  • The biggest surprise from over 50 interviews with entrepreneurs

  • The tipping point and dip that happens when you start saying no to service-based business requests in order to scale

  • The myth of passive income

  • Dorie's secrets to rapid content creation (she has written over 150 posts for HBR to-date, and over 250 for Forbes!)

  • The courage to monetize; our mutual friend Michael Bungay Stanier's advice from a friend: "Your going rate should be fear + 10%"

  • Pricing for services based on the strength of your brand

  • Building a professional speaking career

  • Business best practice: choose only two strategic projects every six months

  • On when to say no to potential streams of income, even when "everyone else is doing it"

Podcast: Create Multiple Streams of Income with Dorie Clark

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Sep 30 2017
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Rank #15: 103: Strong Inside Out—Pivoting from OCD and Depression toward Mind-Body Alignment with Amy Clover

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Amy Clover has a powerful story to share about pivoting her mindset from one of self-flagellation and control toward acceptance and flexibility in body, mind and spirit. After battling for years with eating disorders, depression and a failed suicide attempt in a fitness industry that grew increasingly oppressive, she now teaches people how to build strength from the inside out. In her own words:

I know what it’s like to look in the mirror and hate who’s looking back, to feel like you have no control whatsoever over your mind or your life, to feel like you’re so broken that you’re beyond healing. I’ve struggled with clinical depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and eating disorders throughout my entire life. In fact, they almost killed me. I hit rock bottom in 2005 when I was hospitalized on suicide watch. 

Having my freedom stripped from me in that hospital shocked me back to life: it hit me that I’d given up. I’d never even tried to take action to feel better because I just assumed that nothing would ever work for me. With this realization fresh in my mind, I committed to working on myself from the inside out as soon as I was released. After all, the worst had already happened. I figured I had nothing else to lose.

Amy's recovery, and the mindset and methods she developed that created a true sense of freedom, are what we'll cover in this week's show, along with some of her recent business pivots. 

Check out full show notes from this episode with links to resources mentioned at PivotMethod.com/podcast/amy-clover. Enjoying the show? Make my week by donating just $1 and episode at Patreon.com/pivot.

More About Amy 

Amy Clover is a writer, coach, teacher and the force behind Strong Inside Out. Strong Inside Out is a movement devoted to helping people break free from shaming, metric-based health standards, to build individual health without scales or judgment instead. On her website, Amy openly and courageously shares her struggles with clinical depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, and eating disorders—hitting rock bottom when she was hospitalized on suicide watch—and her strategies for bouncing back and keeping moving without ping ponging between extremes.

Topics We Cover

  • Pivoting her brand in 2017; 30 x 30 tour, which were crowdfunded bootcamps for suicide prevention groups

  • Wasn’t a mental health professional - pulled in different directions

  • Struggling silently, self-medicating, unhealthy relationships to (unsuccessfully) find self-worth

  • Finding empowerment through the gym, “I can and I will” mantra while at the gym

  • “Spirit sent”—the role faith plays in her life and journey

  • Mental optics: our reality is created by the way we perceive our world

  • The compulsion for control and how it gets in our way

  • Struggles with perfectionism; 2015 went back into recovery for an eating disorder

  • Two wolves - love and fear - if you ignore the “bad” wolf completely it gets very hungry and comes out with a vengeance!

  • Extremes are not great for our psyches or our behavior

  • The tough love wolf when it comes to working out: does it feel loving or punishing?

  • On ditching different prescriptions to workouts for depression vs. anxiety/stress

  • An exercise to connect with your body

Strong Inside Out with Amy Clover

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Jun 10 2018
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Rank #16: 129: Penney & Jenny Show—Why Do We Hesitate to Be Much More of Ourselves?

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Why do we hesitate when it comes to being more of ourselves? In this episode, which happens to be released on Penney’s birthday (woohoo!) we discuss why we fears and limitations that hold us back from our fullest expression.

In this conversation, we talk about the cultural pressure to fit in, self-entertainment as spiritual practice, setting big goals and going too big or too small, willingness to be a “misfit,” why transparency attracts more joyful friendships, and what’s behind comparison to others—how noticing a quality in someone else means that you have that quality somewhere within you. 

View full show notes from this episode at http://pivotmethod.com/129.

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About Penney Peirce

Penney Peirce is a gifted intuitive empath and visionary, and one of the pioneers in the intuition development movement. She is a popular author, lecturer, counselor, and trainer specializing in intuition development, “skillful perception,” transformation, and dreamwork.

She is the author of The Intuitive WayFrequencyLeap of PerceptionDream Dictionary for DummiesThe Present Moment, and her latest: Transparency: Seeing Through to Our Expanded Human Capacity.

Topics We Cover

  • [03:47] The true self is the magical joyful part of us that we have sometimes forgotten about.

  • [09:15] When allowing yourself to be a misfit, you can find your own talents and your own way.

  • [15:30] People-pleasing and thinking about what others want you to be

  • [18:41] Comparison can influence us to be more like someone else. We can use more of certain things that we admire in people. We can activate that quality in our own lives. 

  • [25:42] How cultural programming creates a need to define ourselves as having an identity. Then we develop habits and stay within that identity. Captivity in identity can create a kind of complacency.

  • [31:38] Souls define lifetimes very wisely. There is a core motivation that comes from the soul whether the conscious mind realizes it or not. Stay in the moment and make choices on what feels real and right.

  • [33:29] When people choose what they really love, they make more money.

  • [39:31] Self entertainment as a spiritual state.

  • [52:27] Choosing to be more of yourself will inherently attract that transparency and opportunities. Focus on what you do to be your best which is ultimately being yourself.

  • [54:50] Challenge: Do one thing that has you feeling a little bit more exposed this week. You might have a vulnerability hangover!

  • [56:32] Try to notice for a week the negative declarative statements that your left brain puts out. Then leave a space and turn them around to the opposite thing. This allows energy to flow. 

Listen: Penney & Jenny Show — Why Do We Hesitate to Be Much More of Ourselves?

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Aug 11 2019
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Rank #17: 48: Life is Not Scalable: On Ditching Tired Business Rules with Scott Stratten

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"I don't scale. Life is not scalable. You choose where your time goes."

—Scott Stratten, keynote speaker and author of UnMarketing: Stop Marketing. Start Engaging. (Co-authored with Alison Stratten)

How do you eliminate competition? According to Scott Stratten, who earns $1 million per year in speaking fees, the answer is simple: ignore it. Be yourself, and there is no competition.

This is often easier said than done in a world where there is relentless pressure to conform, whether in business, earning a living, or even how we dress. Still, Scott says, "I'd rather be me and next to broke than be somebody else and have money."

In this week's episode we talk about how Scott relentlessly follows his own path—despite people saying he was crazy to turn down lucrative consulting gigs—all the way to earning a robust and joyful living as a keynote speaker, and making a difference for others along the way. Scott is one of the most generous, kind-hearted people I have had the great fortune of getting to know better in the last year, and it's a pleasure to bring you this week's conversation!

More About Scott Stratten

Scott Stratten is the President of UnMarketing and author of four best-selling business books. He is an expert in Viral, Social, and Authentic Marketing—It’s all about positioning yourself as a trusted expert in front of your target market, so when they have the need, they choose you.

Formerly a music industry marketer, national sales training manager and a Professor, he ran his “UnAgency” for a nearly a decade before solely focusing on speaking at events for companies like Pepsi, Adobe, Red Cross, Hard Rock Cafe, Cirque du Soleil, and Saks Fifth Avenue. He has over 180,000 people follow his daily rantings on Twitter and was named one of the top 5 social media influencers in the world on Forbes.com

Topics We Cover

  • Scott's story about surprising people who have hired him to speak by showing up decked out in beard, tattoos, man bun, jeans, and Doc Martins. "They will know who I am once I get off the stage."

  • Turning down gigs that require him to wear a suit

  • Principles are a matter of privilege. "I would have worn a duck costume if I didn't have other gigs booked."

  • "I never planned on being a brand." Goal to be the same person on stage, off stage and online

  • Why he doesn't bother improving on weaknesses

  • One of the biggest mistakes entrepreneurs make to bottleneck their business

  • Quality: Why he doesn't adhere to the "just ship it" mentality

  • Ditch "the rules" about content: find the optimal apex between frequency and quality

  • Why he made the bold decision in 2010 to focus solely on keynote speaking and writing, even though the demand for his consulting services was skyrocketing

  • Quashing the endless desire for more

  • Scott's response to the what's next question.

  • His biggest fear in life

  • Top 3 tips for public speaking (and bringing the house down every time)

  • His annual UnSecret Santa project for helping others in need

  • On slacktivism: "A like is not enough. If we are able to, we should do more."

  • How Scott thinks about online communities: "No one person is bigger than the group itself."

Podcast: Ditch Tired Business Rules with Scott Stratten

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Oct 23 2016
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Rank #18: 107: (Un)Medicating Grief—Recovering Feeling After Decades on Anti-Depressants with Brooke Siem

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I'm so grateful to Brooke Siem for opening up and sharing her story with us this week. Not only is she a woman of many talents (ballerina! chef! Chopped champion! bakery owner! crossfitter! writer!), Brooke has spent the last two years sober. Sober from medications that doctors, the assumed authority figures of her life, had been prescribing for the last fifteen years and an estimated 30,000 pills.

It all stemmed from an attempt quell her initial grief at the sudden death of her father when she was just a teenager. Brooke assumed she was broken, that she couldn't function in society without the drugs. It was only recently that she began to question what life would—or could—be without these medications driving modulating her emotions. Listen in to this week's conversation for how Brooke is navigating her newfound life—re-learning what it means and how to be herself, if not truly figuring it out for the very first time.

Check out full show notes from this episode with links to resources mentioned at PivotMethod.com/podcast/brooke-siem. Enjoying the show? Make my week by donating just $1 an episode at Patreon.com/pivot.

More About Brooke

Brooke Siem is a speaker, writer, and chef who spent a eight years in the New York City food and wine industry before an opportunity to travel around the world with Remote Year fell into her lap. Despite a career that included honors such as being named one of Zagat's 30 Under 30, becoming a Food Network "Chopped" champion, and co-founding Prohibition Bakery and authoring the book of the same name, Brooke's "successful" Manhattan life also fueled a lifelong battle with depression. Prescribed antidepressant and anti-anxiety drugs at 15 years old after her father's sudden death of pancreatic cancer, the opportunity for a life abroad sparked the realization that she had been heavily medicated for half of her life. She decided to make a massive change.

First, she booked a one-way ticket to Malaysia.

Then, she got off all the prescription drugs.

Two years and 17 countries later, Brooke's primary focus is on advocating for mental health and wellness without the use of antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs. Though she believes that these sorts of drugs can have their place on the road to healing, her own experience has taught her that these medications are often poorly monitored by doctors, prescribed without thought of the long term consequences, and prioritize the notion of "existing" versus thriving. Brooke's goal is to show that it is possible to live a joyful, centered life without the use of antidepressants, no matter how far down the rabbit hole we once were.

As of May of 2017, Brooke sold her half of Prohibition Bakery in order to continue working and writing remotely. She is currently working on her second book, a memoir, and is currently based in Vancouver, BC. You can also say hi on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter.

Topics We Cover

  • Deciding to detox after realizing she had been medicated for over half her life

  • Pivot points of her inner landscape: being put on antidepressants to manage her grief "on a timeline that worked for everybody else.”

  • Don’t remember much, "living under the impression I was broken”

  • In her Legacy Show talk she shared, “When they first put you on the drugs, they don’t tell you that you’ll forget how to feel."

  • Taking 4-7 medications at any given time, 30,000+ pills over the course of her life

  • New York Times article: Many People Taking Antidepressants Discover They Cannot Quit (and the ensuing backlash)

  • Detoxing at 30 years old felt much like going through a second puberty; became extremely sensitive to sounds, crowds, pain, tastes, music, clothing, everything - “I have no idea who this person is”

  • Jealous of children who could express their feelings and anger out loud

  • Sleep had always been the antidote

  • What carried her through the down moments of detox when it could’ve been easier to go back to the meds

  • Buying a one-way ticket to Malaysia, aha of starting to feel again - raindrops on her skin - little things to hold onto, started painting - felt creative for the first time in her life

  • Finding a spiritual therapist - working with Edward Mannix; compassion key healing process

  • Growing up in a very spiritual environment - picking angel cards as a child

  • “He didn’t try to teach me how to cope, that my brain was broken or the solution was in a pill - he told me he thought it was possible to heal. We have all these experiences in this life and past lives that converge together and influence all of our decisions.”

  • On clearing past karma, wipe off the lens of our life through self-compassion and feeling some of the things we’re feeling

  • Silver lining doesn’t always work, on wondering about the why of all this

  • All the issues of my life that I believed were permanent

  • Self-compassion process: start with the phrase, “I’m so sorry . . .”

  • Now approaching the two-year anniversary of getting off her last drug

  • Living in Vancouver with her boyfriend, move around every four weeks or so; priorities have really shifted, don’t feel the need to look for validation in external things when it’s so much more important to spend time with the people who are important to her

  • Created a much smaller life - love the idea of a tiny house

  • On winning Chopped with chocolate, crabs and caviar

(Un)Medicating Grief: Recovering Feeling After Decades on Anti-Depressants with Brooke Siem

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Jul 08 2018
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Rank #19: [Best Of] Deep Work: Ditch Cognitive Junk Food with Cal Newport

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As I get up to speed in my first semester at Union Theological Seminary, I’m re-launching a few of my favorite podcast episodes from four years of archives: I hope you enjoy some of these oldies but goodies, particularly if you missed them the first time around! Here’s a conversation I loved with Cal Newport from April 2016.

When was the last time you were in the zone?There’s nothing I love more than working with time flying. The sun rises and sets and I barely notice because I’m so engrossed in my work. Cal Newport calls this deep work, and says that contrary to what many assume, it is a skill, not a habit. That means it takes deliberate practice, and is a cognitive muscle that can atrophy with disuse—something we are all prone to as we get sucked into network tools like social media and email. I loved this conversation and I know you will too! Enjoy 

“At the exact point that deep work is becoming increasingly valuable, it is also becoming more rare.”

—Cal Newport

MORE ABOUT CAL NEWPORT

Cal Newport is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University, and the author most recently of Deep Work: Rules for Success in a Distracted World, a book which argues that focus is the new I.Q. in the modern workplace, and So Good They Can’t Ignore You, a book which debunks the long-held belief that “follow your passion” is good advice. He has also written three popular books of unconventional advice for students. Cal runs the popular advice blog, Study Hacks, which attempts to decode “patterns of success” in both school and the working world.

TOPICS WE COVER

  • Deep work as the base-level skill you need to navigate this economy

  • Defining deep versus shallow work

  • The rising value of deep work, but why it’s becoming more rare

  • How to identify what deep work to focus on

  • Productive meditation for coming up with ideas

  • Deep work is a skill, not a habit. It takes deliberate practice.

  • How deep work helped Cal double his productivity, making it the most prolific year in addition to welcoming a second baby and writing a book.

  • Eliminating cognitive junk food like social media . . . and email!

  • Any benefit mindset vs. the craftsman approach to selecting (social media) tools

  • It is possible and desirable to have a deeper life. Be respectful of your attention.

  • The background-hum of anxiety from too much time on social media, shallow work

  • How to reclaim your time and attention to live beyond anxiety

  • Cal’s average deep work day

  • What an evening shutdown ritual is and why everyone should have one

  • Run your own deep work experiments: try eliminating social media for 30 days (without announcing it to anyone)

  • The hyperactive hive mind created by frictionless communication, and why it is time to eliminate email

PODCAST: ELIMINATE COGNITIVE JUNK FOOD, TRAIN FOR DEEP WORK

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Nov 11 2018
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Rank #20: 58: Monetize Your Ideas with Dorie Clark

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What's the secret to becoming a recognized expert? Once you are well-known in your field, how do you monetize those ideas (without being sleazy) to build a successful business?

This week I'm bringing my good friend Dorie Clark back on the podcast to share her best road-tested tips for reputation- and business-building. She’s the author of two fantastic books that I mention in PIVOT—Reinventing You and Stand Out—and the New York Times has called her an “expert at self-reinvention and helping others make changes in their lives.” If you haven't already, take a listen to our first episode together on how to Find Your Breakthrough Idea and Build a Following

If you’re looking to build your brand and get more well-known in your field, I highly recommend her Recognized Expert Evaluation Toolkit, which we touch on in this conversation. It’s based on hundreds of interviews Dorie has conducted with top professionals, as well as her research and teaching at Duke University.

More About Dorie Clark 

Dorie Clark is a marketing strategy consultant, professional speaker, and frequent contributor to the Harvard Business ReviewTIME, Entrepreneur, and the World Economic Forum blog. Recognized as a “branding expert” by the Associated Press, Fortune, and Inc. magazine, she is the author of Reinventing You (Harvard Business Review Press, 2013), which has been translated into Russian, Chinese, Arabic, French, Polish, and Thai. Her most recent book, Stand Outwas named the #1 Leadership Book of 2015 by Inc. magazine.

Topics We Cover

  • The Courage to Monetize

  • Developing meaningful revenue streams in different areas

  • How to be strategic when thinking about monetization

  • The right time to monetize: when is it too soon or too late?

  • Communicating directly with your audience

  • Email subscription growth: lead magnets

  • Generating leads from ideas; inbound marketing

  • Intellectual property vs. blogging

  • Developing and monetizing intellectual property

  • Effective ways to get noticed

  • Finding your strengths and the right social media tools for marketing

  • How to succeed without being a sleazy salesperson

  • Make the decision to not be desperate for the sale

  • Creating a community for marketing

  • Showing your expertise

Podcast: How to Become a Recognized Expert with Dorie Clark

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Feb 26 2017
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