BABL 077: Solocast- What will 2016 bring?


Hey life architects, Adam Carroll with a solocast for the beginning of 2016. Today I’m digging out my crystal ball and looking to the future to tell you what to expect in the building of your own bigger life.

This podcast is really meant to give you a glimpse into the trends I’m watching as I plan out the next year and beyond in my business and life. And, depending on who eventually is elected president, I may cash in all my chips and buy a condo in the Caymans and peddle shell jewelry on the beach. Heck, we’ll make it a family affair — I’m sure my kids could sell the heck out of unique t-shirts going chair to chair.

The reason I wanted to record this particular podcast is I think looking forward is essential to planning. Sure, most of what you’ll hear over the next several minutes is speculation, but it’s also based on history and facts that I can corroborate. Nothing that you’ll hear is stuff pulled from my backside…. though it may be pulled from the backside of our Federal Reserve, our nation’s investment system, and possibly our political environment.

Yes, let’s start there, with politics.

Without a doubt we will have presidential hopeful shenanigans. I was listening to Pandora this morning while writing and the ads that kept coming up were for presidential hopefuls bashing each other. What a country we live in where instead of talking about the issues, we just bash the backgrounds of those we are running against. Because I live in Iowa and we’re the first caucus state, the environment is ripe with negativity. Every single one of the egos running for president is doing their damnedest to sideswipe the others.

I checked out the most recently running ads and decided what each was telling me about the candidate, so here they are in no particular order:

Jeb, who is doing his best to separate himself from the Bush name by adding an exclamation point to the end of his name, (I like to call him Jeb!) puts people to sleep according to an ad by Trump.

Bernie is flat out crazy and can’t defend a microphone let alone the US.

Trump is a dictator, disguised as a self-made businessman, and is terribly angry at most everyone.

Rubio appears to be a flip-flopper, and according to my wife has huge ears, (not a reason NOT to vote for him, but look at them next time, she’s right.)

Cruz likes guns and carpet bombing terrorists and quite frankly he scares the shit out of me.

and Hillary, according to most every ad shown in my market is on the FBI watch list and should be convicted of dozens of crimes against humanity.

The bottom line is this is the pool that we have to draw from and as a result of the relative unknowns out there, I believe that what we’ll see in 2016 is a very volatile stock market. None of them, in the primaries at least, have shared a formal plan for “saving” our economy, when what I believe actually needs to happen is a major market correction so companies can begin pouring the cash they have on the sidelines into value based stocks. You’d be hard pressed to find one of those at the moment.

There are two glaring issues on the horizon that, in my opinion, will rear their ugly heads this year. The first is the sub-prime car loan market which has absolutely exploded in the past 3-5 years. According to the WSJ, top regulators are sounding the alarm about the $70B in car loans that have been written to people with a 620 or below credit score. The issue, it seems, is these loans have been packaged into collateralized debt obligations and sold to investors. You might remember CDO’s from back in 2007 and 2008 — they were pretty much the reason the housing market took a huge dump do to under and non performing mortgages. The theory is the same thing could happen in car loans.

The silver lining is the banks can always repo the cars and sell them again to borrowers who can barely qualify. Not to worry, we’ll just get you into a car loan at 18% interest over 8 years. That should make it better. (it’s called sarcasm.)

For something that can’t be repossessed and will also rear it’s ugly head in 2016, let’s look at student loans. Right now there is $1.3T in student loans (almost $1.4) and it’s growing at over $3500 a second. According to the CBO, 1 in 4 student loans will default in 2016. That’s 25% of the loans in repayment (only $600B). What will happen to the other $700B — only time will tell. Default, by the way, only occurs after 180 days of not making a payment. Car loans are around 90-120.

Both of these issues will have an effect on the economy, though to what extent, no one really knows.

What we do know is the Federal Reserve’s Money Honey Chairwoman Janet Yellen has made the proclomation that interest rates WILL be trending upward over the coming quarters and years. No idea how much or how fast that will go, but because our economy is supposedly on the mend, it seems a good a time as any to begin easing up the interest rates that have remained close to zero for a good long while.

What you may not know is that an increase in interest rates from the Fed pushes up interest rates on a number of things like variable credit cards, car loans, home equity lines of credit and yes, new mortgages. Now this will be the big adjustment for 2016 — interest rates on 30 year fixed mortgage products that could go above 5% or more. What this means to Joe and Jane consumer is their house will come down in price. The reason being when you have a set amount budgeted for your house payment and you start looking for places to live, there is going to be downward pressure on home valuations so that people can continue to afford the payment on their new properties. Not sure how much at this point, but you will most likely NOT see appreciation on your property in 2016. or 17 perhaps. It’s good if you’re in the market to buy, neutral if you’re staying put, and could be negative if you’re thinking of selling in the coming months.

When the market does adjust to interest rates, and especially as adjustable rates go up you’ll begin to hear about people deleveraging. This means you’ll have society as a whole paying down debts because the monthly holding costs are increasing. I bet we see a fair number of bankruptcy filings as well, but the legislation on that may be changing too.

In order to get some of those debts paid off, we’ll see a brand new genre of people making money on the side. On episode ____ I interviewed Nick Loper of Side Hustle Nation and he shared ways that some of his guests have been making money on the side. This will become more and more common. It’s predicted at this point that by the year 2020 nearly half of our population will be independent contractors, not working for one company, but for many.

If any or all of this frightens you, please don’t be worried. My last bit of advice is really geared for my Build a Bigger Life audience — 2016 will be whatever you make of it. In down economic years, I’ve only always made more. I think the same will be true for you. It’s my honest to God belief that what we take in on a regular basis begins to cloud our judgment, so the more you see of negative stuff, the more you tend to believe it’s negative. All the more reason for you to soak in the good news, revel in successes, and learn from the setbacks. In EP 3 I interviewed my friend Chad Carden who often gives the advice from the late Wayne Dyer — When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

Great advice for building a bigger life. So for this week and beyond, focus on the positive, live to your core values, and ask bigger questions. It’s a pleasure to spend time with you.
See you soon…

BABL 060: Solocast- The Power 100 List

This Build a Bigger Life Solocast hits on the power of your network when it comes to accomplishing your vision of a bigger life.  

If you’re anything like me, and you’re listening to the podcast so I have to believe you’re somewhat like me, you have big projects happening on a regular basis. Maybe you’re working on the next big thing, or a book or video project. Maybe you’re even considering starting a business, getting involved in a charity of some kind, or just planning a major vacation.

I’m going to share with you today an idea that has helped me immensely in the pursuit of my own bigger life. It’s a concept that came to me on a plane one day while flying to a speaking engagement on the West Coast. The idea that I’m referring to hit me like a ton of bricks and I’ve been somewhat obsessed with the idea of using this method ever since. Essentially, as I sat on the airplane, waiting on the tarmac, I began tracing back through the conversations I’d had with various people that led me to the engagement I was heading to. It all funneled back to a contact of mine who has been instrumental in me getting a fairly serious amount of business. That got me wondering where a majority of my business came from and I could trace almost every gig back to a handful of people — many of them people who’d been in my “camp” for some time. In effect, they were people that I would describe as having my back. They were people who liked, loved and respected me.

At this point on the plane ride, I began scribbling in my notebook all of the names of people in my life who liked, loved and respected me. The list grew with each airline mile and I now have a list of nearly 400 people that fit that description. The list continues to grow today and I hope it always does.

For a time in my early 30’s, I was really into studying what the best internet marketers did to build their businesses. One relatively famous marketer I was studying said in an interview that if your house were on fire and you could only take one thing out of your home, it would be your list. Because the mailing list for an internet marketer was like their own gold mine that they had to mine every now and again to make massive amounts of money. It’s part of the reason you’re seeing a proliferation of squeeze pages and enter your name and email boxes on websites. Everyone, it seems, is in the game of grabbing your email for future marketing.

So, my recommendation to you, which I’ll go into greater detail on the podcast is: Begin building your list — what I call the Power 100 List. It’s a list of the 100 people in your life that like, love and respect you. To get the pump primed a bit, consider adding people from these categories to your list: College friends, coworkers, family friends, advisors, mentors, pastors, professors, parents of friends, business peers, networking buddies — literally anyone that comes to mind that you feel would have your back if needed. And keep in mind, the reverse is also true. If you would do the same for others in your network, then put their name on your list. The key to people being on your list is they want YOU to succeed.

My deep dive into my own list got me thinking about networks in general and how effective they are at the rapid transmission of data, information, contacts, and the like. I started to think about it this way — if you were going to do some research to write a paper or put together a talk on something, you’d go to google to do the searching. Whenever I put a search term in google, I will get hundreds of thousands of results in milliseconds. And if you really dug into how that happens (behind all the complicated algorithms used to find it), you’d find one of the largest networks in the world — that being the interconnected computers that are all part of the world wide webs. The more connections there are, the faster the data can be combed from all of them. Since Al Gore invented the interwebs, you have the ability to look up data on your phone in less than a minute which would’ve taken you a year or more to find 25 years ago and 10 years to find 50 years ago. In short, the more connections there are, the more data you have access to, faster.

Similarly, in your brain there are interconnected neural pathways that the neorons travel along. The more interconnected your neural pathways, the faster the neurons travel allowing you to access the information even more readily. So, if you wanted to learn Spanish and you wanted to learn guitar, you’d be better off learning them at the same time to create more neural pathways in your brain, therefore having more connections and an ability to access the information more readily. The guy who competed against IBMs Watson in Jeopardy — his name is Ken Jennings — the guy probably has more neural pathways than just about anybody. Hence his ability to pull information as quickly as he does. The more neural pathways, the faster the information can be obtained.

So, I began to assume that if the more connections on the web meant we could access stuff faster and the more neural pathways in your brain, the faster you could access stuff, I wondered if the more connections we had in our network, the faster we could accomplish what we set out to accomplish. In my talk on Networking, called Networking POWER, I do an example of this called the web of connections. Ultimately, my goal is to show every audience that there is tremendous power in a room of people to help each other get where they want to go. I connect as many people as possible in the room with a ball of yarn, each person within 1 or 2 degrees of what the other person most wants or needs. It’s most effective when someone is looking for a job, an introduction into a company, or wants information about a person or place. It’s astonishing to me how well this works.

So, if you’re asking yourself WHY would I do this? Why would I make a list of the 100 people in my life that like, love and respect me? (Other than the fact that it feels really good to make a list of people who care about you like that), the reasons are many:

Are you trying to find a job?

Wanting to market a product?

Need help getting connections?

Want to build a mastermind group?

Feel like success is just up to you?

I have a perfect example of how I used the Power 100 list to help me with something last year. In early 2014, two partners and I launched a crowd-funding campaign to raise money for a documentary on student loan debt. The name of which is Broke, Busted & Disgusted. You’ve no doubt heard me talk about it on the show. Having never crowdfunded anything before, the most logical thing for me to do was to reach out to my POwer 100 list and ask them for help spreading the word, and help with the crowdfunding campaign. The list responded in a BIG way.

At the end of our 45 day campaign, we had raised $67,000 and almost 90% of the funds raised came directly or indirectly as a result of my Power 100 list coming alongside. They shared the message, they donated, and they supported us in our charge towards raising enough to finish the film. It was an awesome thing to see.

The way I leveraged my Power 100 list was simple — I built the list in a google spreadsheet. And contrary to my story earlier, all 400+ people on my list weren’t listed on the airline flight. I’ve added to the list over time, mainly by having the google docs app on my phone, opening that particular spreadsheet whenever I was moved to, and added someone to the ever-expanding list.

On the spreadsheet are four columns. First name, last name, email address and phone number. Everyone on the list has all four columns filled because you never know when I’ll need to either send them an email or a text message.

As I build the list, I import the list into Mailchimp, which is an email automator and allows you to write one email and send it to your mass list as if you’re sending it to an individual person. Mailchimp is a super simple service to use and allows you to have a list of up to 2000 people for free. It’s literally dead simple.

For the crowdfunding campaign, I sent a simple email that asked them for their support in an incredibly important project I was working on that had the capacity to change lives en masse. One little secret is people will get behind a BIG vision. One of my favorite quotes is: Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logicaldiagram once recorded will never die, but long after we are gone be a living thing, asserting itself with ever-growing insistency. Remember that our sons and our grandsons are going to do things that would stagger us. Let your watchword be order and your beacon beauty. — Daniel Burnham an American architect.

So whatever your ask of your group, inspire them with a big vision that wants them to jump on board.

And the bottom line of sending out the email is this – ASK. Let me say it again, 3 times: Ask, Ask. Ask.  Jack Canfield once told me if you ask, ask, ask, then you’ll get, get, get. Ask so much you begin to feel like an askhole. It’s a beautiful thing when you ask for what you want and then get it.

Once you’ve built your list to a substantial number, and you know who is going to respond positively, you’ll begin to segment your list based on business deals, outreach to the public, who are the marketers, the connectors, etc. And through segmenting, your asks become that much more powerful.

It has been said that your net worth is determined by your network. So, if you are having a hard time coming up with 100 people in your life that like, love and respect you, perhaps it’s time to do a little more networking. Consider throwing a party for the people that you most want to connect with in life and introduce them to each other. IF you don’t feel like you have the right network, the key is to build it yourself.

Reading books like Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi and How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie are a great first step. Throw a Power 100 party or a cool people party and be known as the guy or gal that makes shit happen for your network and your own Power 100 will grow stronger with more connections.

Building a bigger life is about being the architect of your life, imagining the life you most want to live and going for that in big ways. Having people in your corner that have your back is the fastest way to accomplish that.

And as a final word, if you are asking, be also giving at the same time. The law of reciprocity is as powerful as gravity and is working behind the scenes always.
Good luck in your Power 100 List creation, and have fun connecting… I sure do.

Magic of Thinking Big

BABL 052: Solocast- The Magic of Thinking Big

This show I thought I’d break down a book that was life changing for the me the first time I read it and makes me re-think what I’m doing every time I read it. It’s a seminal classic called The Magic of Thinking Big by Dr. David Schwartz. You’ll hear just about every self-development and expert in the industry of transformation talk about this book because it was that impactful when Dr. Schwartz wrote it.

Important to know is the book was originally published in 1959 while Dr. Schwartz was  a professor at Georgia State University. He’s the president of Creative Educational Services which is a consulting company that specializes in leadership development.

This book was introduced to me first when I was a door-to-door book salesman in the summers between my junior and senior year in college. I remember a mentor of mine suggested I read it and it opened the door to a number of ideas that, to this day, I use on a daily basis. The first of which in the book is the idea that to Think Big you must first BELIEVE BIG. Big thinkers, first and foremost, have an incredible amount of belief in themselves, their ideas, their abilities, their work ethic — essentially in the fact that they have big potential. They ignore naysayers and understand the difference between feedback and negative criticism from people who tend to be self-doubters in the first place.

So step 1 according to Dr. Schwartz: Here is the first step toward success. It’s a basic step. It can’t be avoided. Step One: Believe in yourself, believe that you can succeed.”

The first century philosopher Seneca put it this way: It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that things are difficult.

Schwartz recommends removing the word IMPOSSIBLE from your vocabulary. Things referred to as impossible or thought of as impossible summon the power of your subconscious mind to find all the reasons that you’re right. You’ll begin to notice the little things you normally wouldn’t that support the idea that whatever you’re contemplating is impossible. My friend, Rick Petry, a future guest on the podcast has lived his life by the saying Impossible is Nothing, and actually does a podcast about people who perceive life the same way.

In the book, Dr. Schwartz says “Eliminate the word impossible from your thinking and speaking vocabularies. Impossible is a failure word. The thought ‘it’s impossible’ sets off a chain reaction of other thoughts to prove you’re right.”

Walt Disney was famous for saying these words: “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”

Well said, Walt. Now sell me another set of mouse ears.

There is something that plagues most people when it comes to an inability to think big and a sure cure for what ails you. The plague is called Excusitis — In the book, Dr. Schwartz describes it this way: “Go deep into your study of people, and you’ll discover unsuccessful people suffer a mind-deadening thought disease. We call this disease excusitis. Every failure has this disease in its advanced form. And most ‘average’ persons have at least a mild case of it.

He goes on to say that the more successful the individual, the less inclined he is to make excuses.  So which way do you lean — towards making excuses or making results happen?

I’ve heard you can’t have results and excuses at the same time.

The cure to excusitis is simple — it’s the applied knowledge that action cures fear. Excuses are generally bred from the fact that fear keeps us from attempting or achieving goals. But ACTION cures fear.

When I first agreed to go sell books door-to-door, my family thought I had joined a cult. After a few meetings, I was pretty sure I had too. But this cult had success on the brain and they told me one thing that has stuck with me every since: The only time motivation comes before work is in the dictionary. They told me when you feel fear, work. When you feel tired, work. When you need motivation… you guessed it… work.

It seems they knew that action was a sure fire cure to fear.

Schwartz talks about fear this way: “Fear of all kinds and sizes is a form of psychological infection. We can cure a mental infection the same way we cure a body infection — with specific, proven treatments… condition yourself with this fact: all confidence is acquired, developed. No one is born with confidence. Those people around you who radiate confidence, who have conquered worry, who are at ease everywhere and all the time, acquired their confidence, every bit of it.”

It seems they did it through taking action.

Action, and specifically repeated action again and again until you’ve mastered something is critical. Schwartz calls it Stickability. In a meeting with my friend, mentor and business partner Chad Carden earlier this week, he made the comment that the only reason he’s achieved what he has (and if you haven’t had a chance to listen to the podcast with Chad, you should definitely take the time)… Chad said the only reason he’s achieved what he has is he’s failed more times than most people will even try in their life. He’s quick to act, has stickability, and won’t bail when things get tough. I respect the man immensely because he’s been to the woodshed and back again and again and refuses to give up. He learns from his mistakes, succeeds in the face of adversity and never gives up.

Chad and I share a similar trait, and it’s one that Dr. Schwartz recommends in the grand scheme of Thinking Big. It involves paying close attention to the thoughts that you keep in, what Schwartz calls your Memory Bank Deposits.

There are really two kinds of deposits you can make — negative or positive. Put another way, you can either add to the memory bank or subtract from it. I overheard someone adding a negative statement to their memory bank just the other day. It started with an “I wish” statement, but the I wish was something that had happened some time ago and the wish was that it had happened differently. I asked them how that thought made them feel and after some digging into their “feelings” it was pretty clear that the I wish statement had a negative attachment.

As a general rule, I’ve found that wishes can either be positive or negative, and it’s almost always tied with the time frame in which you’re wishing. If you wish to the future, there is a positive emotion and pull to the wish. Wishes backwards, such as, I wish I would’ve gotten that part in the school play, I wish my parents would’ve stayed together, I wish that things would’ve turned out differently, etc. are making negative deposits in your mental bank.

The positive thoughts and comments you make that are deposits into your memory bank are uplifting, inspiring, and can be transformational. If you struggle with adding positive thoughts to your memory bank, consider making a list of all the things you’ve rocked in your life. Go way back to when you passed driver’s ed, when you asked that guy or girl to prom, when you played the saxophone solo in band. Most people don’t give themselves enough credit for rocking huge chunks of their life. Yet THOSE thoughts are the ones we must redeposit in our memory banks on the daily.

Schwartz says in the book: “In brief, it really is easy to forget the unpleasant if we simply refuse to recall it. Withdraw only positive thoughts from your memory bank. Let the others fade away. And your confidence, that feeling of being on top of the world, will zoom upward. You take a big step forward toward conquering your fear when you refuse to remember negative, self-deprecating thoughts.”

The last idea I’d like to share from The Magic of Thinking Big is an important one. Capture your ideas. Every day lots of ideas are born only to die quickly because they were never nailed to paper. Don’t let ideas escape, figure out a place to keep them all.

Anthony Robbins called this place your ubiquitous idea capturing tool. Many of my friends carry moleskine notebooks with them everywhere they go and capture EVERY idea, big or small. My friend Scott Ginsberg even developed his own prolific writing system so that he’d never forget an amazing idea. He also has nearly 40 books on Amazon to prove how prolific his ideas really are. And Jim Rohn used to say that the only thing we have to leave future generations are our words and our pictures. Words people. Ideas. Capture them because they could be life-changing.

I promise that if you get in the habit of thinking big, you’ll experience the magic that Dr. Schwartz writes about in his incredible book, and in the process you’ll build a bigger life!!

The Magic Of Thinking Big

BABL 048: Amy & Jordan Demos on Capturing Bliss

When Amy and Jordan Demos were in high school they made a pact that they would spend as much time as humanly possible together. Today, they are married wedding photographers who used to be elementary school teachers. Now, their weekdays are their own while their weekends are filled with capturing love, devotion, and total bliss.

These two are amazing in their love for each other, for their business, and for helping others create a bigger life. What started as a contagion, turned into a part-time hobby, then a business, and now a business helping others pursue the same fantastic business.

Jordan has not watched college football in 2 years. Shooting 40 weddings in the luxury market of Scottsdale, Arizona keeps the Demos’ super busy, but doing what they love every day.

Amy and Jordan believe that just being married means you’re in business together. But additionally doing a business together has been very marriage enriching for both of them. The key to making it work, according to Jordan, is having grace for one another on a daily basis and being each others’ biggest supporters.

The next 3-5 years for Amy and Jordan are about taking things one day at a time. Jordan described the scene from Good To Great where Jim Collins wrote about pushing a boulder up a hill and right at the top of the hill is the tipping point where you’re now chasing the boulder back down the other side. The boulder, for Amy and Jordan, has started to roll!

Amy and Jordan have offered a quick start guide to pursuing your dream job which is available HERE.

Books Amy and Jordan recommend:

The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey

Quitter by Jon Acuff

EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey

Start by Jon Acuff

Love and Respect by Emerson Eggerichs

Hope you enjoy the podcast as much as I enjoyed the interview!! –AC

BABL 037: Mark Charter Staying Focused

Mark Charter is Iowa’s Most Recommended Real Estate Agent and has a growing business, a loving family and a BIG life. At the age of 36, Mark is entering his 10th year in real estate, having survived the ups and downs of the real estate game. His best advice on finding the road to success is: Stick To It.

Becoming the most recommended real estate agent in the state, Mark says, was all about nurturing his spiritual gift of GIVING. Around the 8:00 point, Mark talks about how he focused his business on growing the opportunity for everyone to get something. Doing business with Mark has become the easy choice because of everything he’s offering his clients who work with him

“Pros focus on relationships and amateurs focus on sales” (14:00)  Mark says the challenge for most people is the relationship building aspect of business takes focused effort. From Power Vs. Force, by David Hawkins, Mark said the idea of urging versus inviting has impacted how he works with real estate clients.

Mark is adamant about the fact that he likes to work with people who like to work with him. (18:45)  As such, he’s more than willing to do what some agents won’t do, like write checks to make deals happen, doing some deals pro bono, and attempting to move mountains to make the clients happy.

Books Mark recommends:

The Bible

Drudge Report – News Articles

The bottom line magic according to Mark is DON’T QUIT!  And through loving what you do, the life you seek gets bigger and bigger!

Find out more about Mark at


BABL 024: Without Vision People Perish


Do you have a vision for your life? Whether it be with your partner, your family, your business partner, or your co-worker?

On this Solocast, Adam discusses the importance of having a vision playing against your perceived reality and how having a clear vision and adding weight to that element will always overcome.

What is your vision? For your family, your life, your career, your money, or your health?  It should be so clear that you can articulate it to anyone that asks.

What does the next 6-12 months, 5 years or 20 years look like for you?

To get started download the Build A Bigger Life Blueprint and begin outlining your vision.

**Show Quotes:**
“We are Love, We Are One, We are how we treat each other when the day is done.”
“Be Nice to Each other” – House Rules

**Recommended Books**
The Magic of Thinking Big-David Schwartz
The On Purpose Person- Kevin McCarthy

BABL 022: Jenny Blake on How to Pivot

Jenny Blake on How to Pivot

Jenny Blake is a creative powerhouse and a force to be reckoned with. She authored the book Life After College and a new book titled Pivot, all about making great changes in your life, meaningfully, powerfully and strategically.

On the recording, you’ll hear Jenny talk about high net growth individuals — smart, hungry people that are about building themselves as much as building business. For those that are ready to pivot and you’re stuck or frustrated figuring out your life purpose, just try helping other people as much as possible. (And maybe it’s about helping yourself!)

Jenny’s dream job at google collided with an entrepreneurial drive to launch her first book and do her own thing. At that point, she saved 6 months worth of expenses and plowed forward on her own in New York City. (9:00)

In January 2014, Jenny hit a roadblock in her business and learned some valuable lessons about pivoting into another way of doing business. Those realizations directed her to create a strategy around making changes in your career.

Start with what’s already working. What are your strengths/interests and what did you love to do as a kid? Anything you know about what’s already working, start there.


The Four Strategies of How To Pivot

Plant – get your known variables captured

Scan – who’s around you that can help

Pilot – run small experiments

Launch – when you know it’s time


Jenny mentions that nowhere in the pivot method does she focus on what isn’t working — it’s all about what is. (18:30)

There is a theory Jenny has put forward called Punctuated Points of Career Success. She says we hold out for certain moments in our career called “The Pinata of Far Off Dreams”. We could instead find punctuated points of career success. The celebration instead should be experiencing forward momentum. (23:00)


Mentioned on the podcast:


Anti-Fragile by Naseem Paleb

Books recommended by Jenny:

Smart hacks

The Antidote by Oliver Berkman

Anti-Fragile by Naseem Paleb


Building a Bigger Life to Jenny means expanding all of the small moments of the day and finding enjoyment in just sitting in the park and feeling the breeze on her face.


To get more of Jenny, check her out here:

Thanks for tuning in!