On Staying Resilient and Pulling Off Pivots | Tara McMullin

June 6, 2019


“Anytime you’re pushing the envelope and moving forward with new ideas or making a pivot, things are in flux and you don’t know as many answers to as many questions as you’d like to.”

Highlights of Episode 98

  • What drives Tara McMullins’ pivots
  • How she validates her idea before moving forward with a change
  • Why and what she shares with people during periods of change
  • How she’s able to move forward despite not knowing enough
  • How she stays resilient when things are in flux and don’t go as planned

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There are a lot of moving parts when we making a pivot or change in direction.

From the moment the idea of a change first shows up in our head — making a decision about it, to planning it, to testing our assumptions, to making it happen — there are a lot juggling and managing of things.

And the risk of getting stuck, feeling overwhelmed, or getting frustrated and quitting is always present.

I’ve always been a student of the art of making change happen. Someone I observe closely is Tara McMullin. She is the founder of the What Works network and the host of the podcast with the same name.

Tara has worn many hats: she’s been in an employee in the book publishing industry, a freelancer designing websites, a blogger, a business strategist, a trainer, a coach, among others.

Throughout her many pivots and evolutions, Tara has demonstrated for me the resilience and smoothness that I think most of us would like for ourselves as we make changes. The statement, “You make this look easy” comes to mind.

I know though, that there’s more to it than we see on the surface. And if there’s one thing I find fruitful about following Tara is that she’s gracious about sharing her experiences and thought process.

Anytime you are pushing the envelope and moving forward with new ideas or making a pivot, things are in flux and you don’t know as many answers to as many questions as you’d like to. There are going to be things that don’t go the way you want them to go. For me, it’s (1) accepting and knowing that there are going to be hard times, and (2) that they end. They always end and things get better. Things might not get better the way you thought they were going to get better, but they get better.

In this episode, Tara shares her thought process around her pivots. We talk about what drives her pivots, how she validates her ideas, and what (why!) she shares with people during.

The bits about goal setting (in this case, setting pivot goals) and about staying resilient and bouncing back when things don’t work out as planned, are most instructive.

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