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What’s next for your career and creative projects? Embrace fear, insecurity, imperfection, and intuition as the superpowers they are while pivoting. Join Jenny Blake, author of Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One, for intimate conversations with authors and friends on finding opportunities in unexpected places through practical tips and tools. Jenny’s motto? If change is the only constant, let’s get better at it. Subscribe now so you don’t miss an episode, view show notes at http://PivotMethod.com/podcast, and learn more about Jenny’s private community at http://itsfreetime.com/bff ❤️ If you're looking for the other brilliant Pivot podcast with Kara Swisher and Scott Galloway, visit https://podcasts.voxmedia.com/show/pivot.

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    • 4.8 • 172 Ratings

What’s next for your career and creative projects? Embrace fear, insecurity, imperfection, and intuition as the superpowers they are while pivoting. Join Jenny Blake, author of Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One, for intimate conversations with authors and friends on finding opportunities in unexpected places through practical tips and tools. Jenny’s motto? If change is the only constant, let’s get better at it. Subscribe now so you don’t miss an episode, view show notes at http://PivotMethod.com/podcast, and learn more about Jenny’s private community at http://itsfreetime.com/bff ❤️ If you're looking for the other brilliant Pivot podcast with Kara Swisher and Scott Galloway, visit https://podcasts.voxmedia.com/show/pivot.

    Slow-Cooked vs. Pressure Cooker

    Slow-Cooked vs. Pressure Cooker

    Are you living in a pressure cooker? One of my all-time favorite meals is two-day slow-cooked ribs from a fancy restaurant, where the meat is so soft it falls right off the bone. (Sorry to my vegetarian and vegan friends who might not appreciate today's metaphor!) 
    I have an Instant Pot at home — a pressure cooker that produces a meal in mere minutes. Take stock about the work you’re doing and the path you’re taking: are you unnecessarily “cooking” your projects and goals with high-pressure settings, sacrificing quality in the process? 
    Today’s episode is about making sure that you’re spending time where you get the most joy and value, and being intentional about what you throw in the pressure cooker to complete quickly (and overcome perfectionism in the process).

    🌟3 Key Takeaways:

    Put your time and care into the projects that matter most, and try to be patient with yourself; as the Zen saying goes, “Nature doesn’t rush a flower.”

    The glass could be half full or half empty, but is it the right container for what you want to drink? Don’t get so caught up in the details that you forget to ask if you’re going in the right direction.

    Keep what Penney Peirce calls “an idea pantry” full of insights and nuggets that you can rummage through when you need to get something shipped quickly. 

     
    ✅Next Action: Start a file or folder where you can collect ideas, inspirations, snippets, quotes and anything else you might want to revisit. When you need to create quickly, you’ll have a ready-made place to start thinking.
    📘Books Mentioned: Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business, Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One
    🔗Resources Mentioned: Instant Pot
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    • 18 min
    Cultivating Influence with Jon Levy

    Cultivating Influence with Jon Levy

    “I don’t want fans, I want friends.” This is one of many approaches to relationship-building that I admire in this week’s guest, super-connector Jon Levy. I learned that when Jon texts with “free for dinner tonight?” you cancel all plans and say YES. Both times I did, I ended up at one of his influencer dinners with famous actors, public figures, pro athletes, and C-suite executives. 

    Jon’s secret? Designing experiences to facilitate a shared sense of awe, connection, and accomplishment—with job titles revealed only at the end of the evening. Today we’re talking about these principles and more behind his bestselling book, You’re Invited: The Art and Science of Cultivating Influence. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did!

    More about Jon: Jon Levy is a behavioral scientist and New York Times bestselling author known for his work in trust, human connection, belonging, and influence. More than a decade ago, Jon founded The Influencers Dinner, a secret dining experience for industry leaders ranging from Nobel laureates, Olympians, celebrities, and executives, to artists and musicians. Guests cook dinner together, but can’t discuss their career or give their last name, and once seated to eat, they reveal who they are. Over time, these dinners developed into a community. With thousands of members, Influencers is the largest community of its type worldwide.

    🌟3 Key Takeaways:

    Say yes to invites. If you want higher levels of creativity, new relationships, new ideas—it’s going to happen outside of your standard routines.

    Novelty is critical if you want to be noticed. What are you doing that only you do? Make that one of the key things you talk about and promote.

    Instead of asking why you’re not on social media, or forcing yourself into it, ask “Why should I be on social media? If you don’t have a good reason, don’t stress about it!

     
    ✅Next Action: What next group invitation can you send? How can you create a memorable experience around it? 
    📘Books Mentioned: 


    Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business 


    Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One

    The 2 AM Principle

    You’re Invited: The Art and Science of Cultivating Influence

    🔗Resources Mentioned: 

    Jon on the web, Instagram: @jonlevytlb, Twitter: @JonLevyTLB


    New York Times feature: Want to Meet Influential New Yorkers? Invite Them to Dinner


    Video: Ted Talk: What Makes Us Influential?, Fortune: The Science of Adventure


    Resources: Upwork, Notion



    TV Show: Old Enough


    Reddit.com

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    228: How I Run My Business Without Social Media

    263: Conduct a Relationship Audit with Ximena Vengoechea

     
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    • 48 min
    The Art of Horse Whispering and Trust-Building with Grant Golliher

    The Art of Horse Whispering and Trust-Building with Grant Golliher

    “Trust is not just a feeling. It’s also an action, and it’s a process that happens over time. Be slow to take, and quick to give.” These are just some of the gems that Grant Golliher has picked up in three decades of horse whispering, training, and teaching the art of trust-building. Today we’re talking about what horses can teach us about reading people and intuition.
    More About Grant: Grant Golliher is a horseman and the proprietor of the historic Diamond Cross Ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where he teaches corporate executives, coaches, celebrities, and families from all around the world the skills necessary to tame troubled horses and become leaders and better people. Today we’re talking about his new book, Think Like a Horse: Lessons in Life, Leadership, and Empathy from an Unconventional Cowboy.

    🌟3 Key Takeaways:

    Honor the smallest try; congratulate the smallest progress.

    We like to work hard for people we respect. We need to lead by example and be the type of leader that people are excited to be loyal to.

    An argument can be made that we’re so afraid of abuse that we’ve stopped disciplining. There is an important place in work and life for firmness and boundaries.


    📘Books Mentioned: 


    Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business 


    Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One

    Grant’s books: Think Like a Horse: Lessons in Life, Leadership, and Empathy from an Unconventional Cowboy, Horses Never Lie: The Heart of Passive Leadership


    🔗Resources Mentioned: 

    Grant on the web, Instagram: @grantgolliher, @diamondcrossranch


    Articles: Wyoming Honor Farm: ​Inmate/Wild-Horse Program


    Video: The Superpower in You, How to Train Your Dog to Leave It with No Command  

    🎧Related Podcast Episodes: 

    140: What Horse Whispering and Entrepreneurship Have in Common with Eileen Kenney

    Tim Ferriss interviewing Susan Garrett — Master Dog (and Human) Trainer (#200)


    Susan Garrett’s Shape by Dog Podcast

     
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    • 49 min
    What Are You Here to Do? How to Find a Path That Fits with Adrian Klaphaak

    What Are You Here to Do? How to Find a Path That Fits with Adrian Klaphaak

    Instead of asking, “What should I do?” Ask yourself, “Who am I?” Today you’ll hear from someone who has been deeply influential in my life and career: my very first coach and longtime friendtor, Adrian Klaphaak, founder of A Path That Fits.
    More about Adrian: Adrian Klaphaak is a coach, purpose guide, entrepreneur, therapist, and founder of A Path That Fits Career and Life Coaching. His coaching approach is holistic—a constant balance between getting results and a quest for meaning and fulfillment. He describes himself as “a deep seeker with a constant itch to make things happen.”
    🌟3 Key Takeaways:

    Getting discouraged is a part of figuring out what you should be doing with your life. The ‘dip’ is normal, and the way out is to explore your gifts and interests.

    You can be laid off from a job, but you can’t be laid off from your purpose. Knowing your purpose is the ultimate protection.

    Name the parts of you that feel the most strongly about the decisions you are making, it will make it easier to explore how you are really feeling.

     
    ✅Next Action: Be yourself. There are so many expectations for us to be a certain way, but we all have our own genius and unique way. The path to a fulfilling life is being authentic, using your gifts, and doing what you love to do.
    📘Books Mentioned: 


    Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business 


    Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One

    When the Body Says No: Understanding the Stress-Disease Connection

    🔗Resources Mentioned: 

    Adrian on the web, Yelp, Facebook, LinkedIn


    Course: Career Pathfinder


    Articles: New York Times: The World’s a Mess. So They’ve Stopped Saving For Tomorrow, How to Discover Your Purpose


    Video: Finding Your Calling by a Path the Fits


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    • 49 min
    The Honor Roll Hangover with Melody Wilding

    The Honor Roll Hangover with Melody Wilding

    Believe it or not, your emotions are a competitive advantage: 90 percent of top performers are also high in emotional intelligence, and 92 percent of executives rate soft skills like the ability to manage emotions as a critical priority in today’s business environment.
    That said, if you relate to the idea of being a Sensitive Striver, you may still be suffering from what Melody Wilding calls The Honor Roll Hangover—a tricky trifecta of perfectionism, people-pleasing, and overfunctioning. Listen in to this conversation for the antidote.
    More About Melody: Melody Wilding, LMSW is an executive coach, human behavior expert, and author of Trust Yourself: Stop Overthinking and Channel Your Emotions for Success at Work. She is a human behavior expert and executive coach and teaches graduate-level human behavior and psychology at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College in New York. 

    🌟 3 Key Takeaways:

    Leave margin in your life for serendipity and fluctuations. Don’t be afraid to book yourself to only 80% capacity.

    Protect your time and energy by protecting your calendar. Sensitive strivers need the time to switch gears between activities.

    Trusting yourself is the antidote to perfectionism, overfunctioning, and people-pleasing. Depend on your intuition more.

     
    📝 Melody’s Permission List:


    I hereby grant myself complete and unlimited permission to: 

    In order to:


    Specifically, I have permission to feel: 

    I have permission to be:


    Specifically I have permission to push when: 


    I have permission to rest when: 


    I have permission to start: 


    I have permission to try: 


    I have permission to stop: 


    I have permission to let go: 

    Giving myself full permission and wholeheartedly believing in myself is important right now because: 


    I trust myself to: 


    📘 Books Mentioned: 


    Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business 


    Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One

    Trust Yourself: Stop Overthinking and Channel Your Emotions for Success at Work

    Boundary Boss: The Essential Guide to Talk True, Be Seen, and (Finally) Live Free

    The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You

    🔗 Resources Mentioned: 

    Melody on the web | LinkedIn | Twitter | Instagram


    Video: Celebrating one year of Trust Yourself


    Articles: Medium Article on Trust Yourself, Forbes on Being an Overfunctioner at Work

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    The Penney & Jenny Show (12 episodes)

    277: Expansive Impact and Spacious Scheduling with Sarah Young

    172: Self-Care for Empaths and HSPs with Sarah Santacroce

    148: Penney & Jenny Show—Pivoting From Toxic Situations Toward Self-Entertainment

    112: Whose Voice is in Your Head? Perfection Detox Round Two with Petra Kolber

    73: What's more important to you than perfection? With Jenny Blake

    56: Perfection Detox with Petra Kolber

    78: How to Stop Feeling Like Sh*t — With Andrea Owen

     
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    • 45 min
    Feeling Impostery? Become a Qualified Curator Instead of an End-All-Be-All Expert

    Feeling Impostery? Become a Qualified Curator Instead of an End-All-Be-All Expert

    Self-doubt isn’t all bad. It means you’re stretching outside of your comfort zone, that you’re willing to learn, and that you aim to surround yourself with people who challenge you. So if you often grapple with imposter syndrome (or as I like to call it, an Imposter Monster sitting beside you), you are not alone. If you sometimes fall into the trap of feeling like you’re not good enough or ready yet to tackle your biggest creative aspirations, here’s a new perspective to consider.

    🌟 3 Key Takeaways:

    There is a big difference between acting like you are the ultimate expert, and being a curious and informed curator of ideas and resources. 

    One of the biggest gifts you can give others is curating people, and allowing them to connect and share with each other.

    We have no control how a project is going to land in the world, so “don’t suffer twice,” in terms of worrying before you hit publish and after — just put it out there, then deal with what follows in the moment.

     
    ✅ Next Action: Shift your mindset from “I need to be an expert before . . .” to “I’m curious.” Start curating the people and ideas that inspire you, then share them with others through your unique lens and experiences.
    📘 Books Mentioned: 


    Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business 


    Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One

    Perfection Detox: Tame Your Inner Critic, Live Bravely and Unleash Your Joy

    You’re Invited: The Art and Science of Connection, Trust, and Belonging

    The Wisdom of Insecurity: A Message for an Age of Anxiety

    🔗 Resources Mentioned: Shane Snow’s article on Intellectual Humility
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    86: Grab Bag! Upcoming NYC Workshop, BookRx on Interviewing Tips, and the Upside of Awkwardness

    56: Perfection Detox with Petra Kolber

    Penney & Jenny 8: Embracing Liminal Space (July 2019)

     
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    • 16 min

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172 Ratings

Lindsay-Nason ,

Inspirational approach to work and life

I started listening to this podcast in 2019. Everytime I listened to an episode I had some spark of inspiration encouraging me to take a new approach to my career (and life). When the pandemic hit, I decided to listen to every episode starting from 01. I didn’t want to miss a single nugget of insight! This podcast is truly amazing. It’s been a real game changer for me. Thanks Jenny.

Mom not in the middle ,

Relevant, Honest and Practical

If you are having mindset blocks, this is the place to get practical and simple aligned steps that helps to create shifts in your life and business. As a service-provider, I am grateful for the many takeaways from the show and the community. I already feel expanded in life and business, thank you Jenny!

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Love Jenny’s motto!

Thanks for creating such an awesome & informative show :)

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