PIVOT? What are you talking about Jason?
Pivot; pivoted; pivoting; pivots; to adapt or improve by adjusting or modifying something
As I sat on that stiff bunk, a thousand miles from the comfort of my home, I had no idea what pivot meant as a military verb. I laced up my genuine U.S. Army-issued combat boots and raced to formation two levels below. As the Drill Sergeants barked orders and we moved into a tempo learning how to march, we learned to “pivot.” Meaning we learned to move on the balls of our feet to move in the direction we were ordered. We pivoted. From that day forward, when life threw roadblocks in front of me, or I sought to change, I would pivot. Pivoting.
This past November (2022), I decided to make the most dramatic change in the past 22 years. I chose to retire at the age of 50 from the federal government. This pivot into retirement caused immediate panic and made me rethink many decisions over the past several years, causing me to question so much. Was I ready to retire? Was I ready to move into a new career? Was I ready to leave the comfort of a steady job?
These questions made me think. I couldn’t be the only one that felt this panic. I couldn’t be the only one to have these feelings before taking a massive leap into the unknown. That feeling I had when I decided to retire was the catalyst for my next book. A book on pivoting. On the transition from one chapter of life to another.
Then I had an idea. Why not talk to others about the times they had to pivot? So, here we go! My next book is on that PIVOT.
Follow along as I write this next book and document my interviews with incredible people.