Quentin Hafner

Every Successful Person is Good at This One Thing…

In the world of entrepreneurship, the path to success is rarely a straight line. That road is actually full of twists, turns, and unforeseen obstacles, and your ability to navigate this often treacherous path is dependent on how quickly you can think on your feet, and how creative you are in problem solving.

In short, the vital question is, can you pivot?

This skill of ‘pivoting’ has emerged as a critical process that is necessary for any business person to master. Process, structure, and planning ahead are vital, of course, but if you aren’t able to respond creatively in the moment to events and developments in your field, and answer new problems with new ideas, you will fall behind.

If you insist on doubling down when an approach isn’t working, you are only going to fail. No matter how brilliant your original idea is, you can’t get so wedded to it that you aren’t able to take advantage of other options when they come along.

Pivoting isn’t optional if we want to reach for the stars. It’s a process that we all have to accept as part of living a powerful life. But pivoting can feel hard, so we tend to avoid it.

Remember, embracing the pivot isn’t about admitting defeat. Instead, think of it as a display of your adaptability, creativity, and resilience. Some of the biggest successes we see everyday are built on a giant pivot.

Among the more famous examples of this: Instagram. The founders, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger originally created an app called “Burbn”, a location-based app with check-in features. They quickly noticed that while the check-in aspect didn’t get a lot of buzz, users loved sharing photos on the platform. Instead of doubling down and trying to force their original idea, they took the positive response to photo sharing and ran with it. Instagram now has over 500 million global daily users.

That, my friend, is the power of pivoting.

So here is my question to you: Where do you need to pivot?

Is there a pivot in your business that you know you need to do but you’ve been avoiding? Is there a pivot in your personal life that has been beckoning out to you, but you keep ignoring the call?

Your ability and willingness to pivot will foster a strong sense of self-confidence, as you internalize your ability to make productive and powerful changes in your life or business.

If you’re at a place in your own journey and you think you might need to pivot, please reach out to me. I’d love to take you through a process to capitalize on the power of the pivot.


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