Official Review: The Power of Pivot by Trevor Gordon

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Official Review: The Power of Pivot by Trevor Gordon

Post by Ashley Simon » 22 Dec 2017, 20:16

[Following is an official review of "The Power of Pivot" by Trevor Gordon.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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I’ve read a lot of self-help books, and nearly all of them begin with eye-catching claims that are meant to jump out at the reader. “The one secret that will change your life!” the book may promise in an Amazon blurb or on the cover. In a welcome contrast, Trevor Gordon’s book The Power of Pivot makes no promises that it cannot keep.

Gordon’s basic premise is not especially unique. Essentially, he admonishes readers that change can be a good thing. We’ve all heard that before. However, I enjoyed this read for a few reasons. First of all, Gordon is a good writer. He knows how to get straight to the point and to draw the reader in with interesting anecdotes. In fact, he sets the tone for the entire book in the introduction by explaining exactly what he means by the titular phrase:
“What I’ve discovered in my own life is that uncommon success is actually found in how you handle life’s pivot points, not just with your actions, but with your words, your mindset and your attitude, as well” (12).
I appreciated the candor in this opening. There are lots of other moments like this throughout the book: catchy, quotable phrases that leave you thinking. I knew this book would be different from other, fluffy inspirational guides when Gordon introduced his secret to uncommon success in the first chapter. Gordon draws a comparison between success on the basketball court and success in the business world. When a basketball player is stuck, unable to move forward or back due to a pressing defense, he or she must pivot using the free foot. In the same way that basketball players practice this move, we have to be prepared for what we will do in a moment of crisis. Gordon’s premise is that these moments that force us to pivot in a different, unplanned direction can actually propel us forward toward success in large, unexpected ways.

Secondly, the book was formatted professionally with eye-catching yet subtle blue triangles above each chapter heading. I noticed no grammatical errors, and this contributed to the author’s credibility.

Finally, Gordon dives into a variety of hands-on topics and incorporates a neat balance of personal story and description. After admonishing readers that every journey toward success will look different, he introduces his own cast of characters who have been important in his life. Each chapter ends with “Pivot Points”, a short bulleted list of the most important points that were made in each chapter.

The book is primarily geared toward the business world. Gordon delves into strategies for managing a team of "champions", dealing with burnout, creating a positive and productive company culture, and efficient decision-making. The Power of Pivot is a well-written, enjoyable book. Based on the above factors, I am giving this book a 4 out of 4 rating. Although it is geared primarily for those in the business world, I believe this book will appeal to anyone looking for a readable and inspirational work of nonfiction.

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Post by kandscreeley » 23 Dec 2017, 20:26

Sounds like a pretty good book. I'm not really in the business world, but I think you could still apply these principles to your life. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
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Post by Sahani Nimandra » 24 Dec 2017, 00:28

I like a book which has addressed it's reader straight, even for a book to sound this great the author must be really good. I don't like subject matter topics like chemistry, business, accounting, etc. But this book seem to use a effective approach to captivate the reader, for this I will note the book!
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Post by pinklover » 26 Dec 2017, 01:23

wow, nice review. This book is one of my genre.Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I want to read it because is an inspirational book.
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Post by BookHausJ » 28 Dec 2017, 05:55

Your opinion about this book makes me excited to read it! I'm really fun of a self help book because for me it makes me inspired to strive more personally. Thanks for the review!

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Post by Al Chakauya » 29 Dec 2017, 02:22

A great review there. From the way you say it, it seems a great read. I love books which take a different root from norm especially from the non-fiction genre.

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Post by Sarah Tariq » 30 Dec 2017, 01:24

Its a very thoughtful review. I like such self help books. I have also reviewed a self help book From Drift to SHIFT. You can check mine.
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Post by ParadoxicalWoman » 01 Jan 2018, 05:00

A good review with a good book. I'm not really into business but I believe the principles are applicable in all areas of life.
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Post by Zlee » 02 Jan 2018, 16:07

I really respect the author. His use of English and vocabulary in this book is captivating. It is interesting and has a way of manking you desire a sequel.
I don't want to be a spoiler fanatic so I will have to stop there.
In short, it's a good read.

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Post by Boypnet1 » 04 Jan 2018, 13:37

I am even shot of words the author is really a good one of cause and I will like it if he will keep it up

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