Undergraduate Blog / Career Development

Pivoting to Something Greater

We learn in our first year at Babson, during our FME class, that pivoting is something you should do, and inevitably will do (often, I learned). Yet, whenever pivoting occurs, it’s often with heavy hearts. We abhor change, failure, our Plan A going awry. Why is that though? Why do we think our Plan A is the best plan?

More often than not, all the twists and turns in the road lead to a better outcome than Plan A could have provided. There’s an old Romanian adage that goes something along the lines of “Change is neither good nor bad, it’s what you make of it”, of course derived from some tale about farmers (as all Romanian adages are). This is true of business as well.

As I’ve delved deeper into my startup internship experience, the company I work for has hit startup road bumps, and we’ve had to become comfortable with starting over. Business partners can fall through, funding can run out, business ideas can shift faster than the blink of an eye. We have had to realize that all change happens for a reason and to make the best of the pivot. Because if you do, you’re always pivoting to something greater.