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:
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.“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).
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.
The Power of Pivot
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