Hard Pivot

Embrace Change. Find Purpose. Show Up Fully.
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When your life takes a sudden turn into unknown territory, what do you do? Apolo Ohno was faced with that challenge when his Olympic career ended. Here he shares the Five Golden Principles he developed for building resilience, overcoming self-doubt, reinventing ourselves, and pivoting gracefully into new opportunities for success.
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Apolo Ohno shares his most valuable lessons for overcoming challenges with resilience, creativity, and purpose.

In speed skating, a hard pivot is an aggressive shift of direction that requires courage, practice, and split-second timing. For Apolo Ohno, the most frightening hard pivot of his life didn’t happen on the ice—but rather, when he had to hang up his skates for good. “After my final Olympics, I felt confused, vulnerable, and adrift without purpose,” he says. “Yet that’s when I realized my experiences had given me something much more valuable than medals and memories. I had tools I could use to shift my life in a new direction—and most importantly, these were tools anyone could benefit from.”

With Hard Pivot, Apolo combines practical guidance, personal stories, and deep insights from the psychology of success into a resource to help you through challenging times. Here he shares his most valuable lessons and tools, condensed into the Five Golden Principles:

  • Gratitude: A daily practice to help you maintain perspective, cultivate empathy, and alleviate stress
  • Giving: How to elevate your life’s purpose by offering your time, attention, and resources to others
  • Grit: Exercises to build mental stamina, resilience, and toughness to persevere through hard times
  • Gearing Up: Ways to prepare yourself to meet the unknown with flexibility and grace
  • Go: Develop the courage to take risks, learn from success and failure, and come back stronger
When life drastically changes—whether by choice or circumstance—the hardest part is often letting go of what was familiar and stable. Yet in Hard Pivot, Apolo provides the tools and inspiration to create a new life filled with greater purpose, wisdom, and joy. “You can trust yourself,” he writes. “You can lean into the curve, pick up momentum, and speed down the track to success. In that pivotal moment, you might even find that you’re having the most fun you’ve ever had. You’re in flow. You’re enjoying your precious life. And you’re winning.”
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Contents Hardcover Book (160 pages) eBook (160 pages)
Filetypes EPUB, PDF, MOBI
Dimensions 6 x 9 inches
Product Code BK06432 BK06432W
ISBN Number 978-1-68364-932-8 978-1-68364-933-5
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Apolo Anton Ohno

About Apolo Anton Ohno

Reinvention is at the core of Apolo Anton Ohno. He acquired and honed this skill over a decade of Olympic speed skating competition, during which he became the most decorated US Winter Olympian of all time. Apolo continually adapts that performance mindset to support ongoing personal and professional growth. He has drawn on this acumen to become a global cross-industry entrepreneur, a successful sports broadcaster and television personality, a New York Times bestselling author, and a lifelong scholar inside and outside the university setting. Apolo harnesses these experiences to educate and inspire organizations on how to foster a sustained leadership mindset needed to overcome current business challenges.

Author photo © Oliver-Endahl