Congratulations on completing the Pivotability Index self-assessment!
Now you have an estimate for where you fall on the Pivotability scale, but some people are also interested in what the two other outcomes are. Below is a description of each Pivot Profile: Security Seeker, Measured Pivoter, and Pivot Pro.
You tend to prefer tried and true, proven, solutions to creating new ways of doing things. A high need for control and stability, or financial constraints, keep you on chosen paths for long stretches. Personal satisfaction and self-esteem rarely enter into work considerations. You become fearful or uneasy when situations become uncertain.
For some, security is an accomplishment, and a driving motivation in life. For others, security seeking is a way to avoid anxiety. You may have feelings of "work dread," but hold back on taking action. You react to opportunities slowly and cautiously. If you are a security seeker who is financially strapped, you may be unhappy but also feel trapped at the same time. Security seekers do well when they can set small, achievable goals and make progress toward them. Choose things that challenge you, but that don’t send you into your panic zone.
Look for small positive shifts you can make in your work and financial life. Check out the following resources:
Pivot Podcast: Reinvent Yourself in 2016 — with James Altucher
Pivot Podcast: How to Find Your Zone of Genius with Laura Garnett
You enjoy taking on new projects and learning new skills, but aren’t always sure where to direct your attention. You may not be fully using your innate talents, but you are exploring what they are and how to amplify them. You are good at improving existing programs, and do well under direction from others. In general you feel good about the status quo; daily life doesn’t demand much deep thinking about the direction of your career. At minimum, work is “fine.”
You are both open to and somewhat fearful of change; you are willing to make moves, but not without long periods of reflection, talking with others, and analyzing options. In fact, sometimes you wait so long that change chooses you; fear overrules planning for the future and taking action steps. At times you may find yourself waiting for inspiration to strike, hoping for an "aha moment" or idea that you can pursue. Measured pivoters do well when they identify stretch goals and pursue them. Choose things that challenge you, but that don’t send you into your panic zone.
Identify the opportunities and changes that would make the biggest impact on your life and work projects, and start taking the first strategic steps toward making them happen. Check out the following resources:
- Stand Out: Find Your Breakthrough Idea and Build a Following w/ Dorie Clark
- Reinvent Yourself in 2016 — with James Altucher
- Professional Development Strategy
- Pilot Opportunity Map — Evaluation Worksheet
- Decision-Making Template
You are a highly flexible individual who nurtures dreams tempered with a realistic point of view. You regularly evaluate potentially productive options. You are self-aware as well as empathetic to the needs of others. You know yourself—your strengths and shortcomings—and how to make the most of them. You have a history of, and willingness to try new things and to make an impact.
You strive for achievement and actively seek situations that give you the best chance to fulfill both needs and wants. You enjoy situations that promise surprises, and thrive in dynamic work environments and job roles. You have a giver mentality, in that you are willing and interested in helping others. You are challenged, excited, and motivated to get out of bed every day. You are actively learning; work may be unpredictable, but you feel engaged. Be mindful about investing thoughtfully in opportunities and seeing them through.
As a Pivot Pro, consider doubling-down on your existing strengths: build your platform and expertise even further, connect with like-minded people who inspire you, and reflect on the impact you want to make. Identify compelling opportunities that challenge you and will apply your strengths to the fullest. What is currently working best? What are some asymmetric bets, as author Nassim Taleb would say, that have low risk but high potential upside?
You’re already a Pivot Pro, so turn your attention toward making the biggest impact you can with your work. Check out the following resources:
- Illuminate: How to Lead a Movement with Nancy Duarte
- Opt Out: Say No to Good So You Can Say Yes to Great
- Success on Your Own Terms with Derek Sivers