At Agile2019, I was asked what my three pivotal moments in my career where thus far.  The specific answer doesn’t really matter.  However, this generated a few conversations about people’s pivotal moments.  Then I noticed a few common patterns – usually at least two (most of the time all of them) were present in every instance:

  • I was exposed to new learning concepts. This could be a small bit of information that invokes your curiosity.  Or something that knocks you out of your chair because it explains so much and/or scares you completely.
  • I was emotionally challenged. Sunshine and rainbows would not be the description to describe myself at these moments.  Usually, I was either sad – frustrated – bored – questioning if I’m adding value or a combination of many things that didn’t make me feel like I was on top of the world.
  • Someone one else believed in me. This one I thought was more of my crutch.  I tend to be able to get myself into a growth mindset with encouragement and support from others.  Yet, in many of the stories there is always a “hero” that helped with the first step.
  • I took a risk. With the other three in place, the confidence to take the risk is there. I’ve taken plenty of risks that don’t pay off, but when they do – my life changes enormously for the good.

What are your pivotal moment patterns and what was common behind them?

Tricia Broderick

Tricia Broderick

Tricia Broderick is a leadership and organizational advisor. Her transformational leadership at all levels of an organization, ignites growth of leaders and high performing teams to deliver quality outcomes. Tricia has more than twenty years of experience in the software development industry. She is a highly-rated trainer, coach, facilitator and motivational keynote speaker. Beyond her extensive knowledge and skills, her biggest offering is inspiring people to believe anything is possible.

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