Episode 93: Your Life's Trajectory Can Shift with One Reaction

It’s Not the Size of Your Network That Matters, It’s the Quality

Aaron Orendorff  - image from an article on  AutoPilot

Aaron Orendorff - image from an article on AutoPilot

Aaron Orendorff can look back at the time in his life when he took a complete, 180 degree turn, and know that though the incident that preceded it was beyond his control, his response to it wasn’t. He reacted to that incident with enthusiastic self-sabotage, and his career as he knew it at that point ended in a dramatic explosion.

A delicious Reuben sandwich at Elephants on Corbett, Portland, Oregon (Josh in the background)

What he knows now, that he couldn’t possibly have known then, was that his writing had already caught the attention of a person who would later become a mentor and supporter in his career pivot.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Aaron while I was visiting Portland, Oregon. We met at Elephants on Corbett, a lovely delicatessen in an older neighborhood filled with arts and crafts style homes built in the 30s and 40s. We sat in the upstairs dining room and started to record this episode. In the background, you’ll hear the sounds of a lively clientele of children and adults, enjoying delicious food.

I always look forward to hosting guests on this podcast, and I can rarely guess at the direction our conversation will take. This discussion took a few twists and turns around career pivots, a meaningful network, and the amazing satisfaction he finds when working with people he thinks are much smarter than he is. It came back in an organic, circular fashion to meaningful pivot points in our lives and careers, and the people who show up when we need them the most.

If you’re as intrigued by this guy as I was, I suggest you connect with him on LinkedIn, and visit his website to learn more about his uncanny ability to translate complex technical jargon into meaningful language almost anyone can understand.

After our recording, I decided to stick around when Aaron had to rush off to a meeting, and I’m so glad I did. If you get to Portland, Oregon, you might just want to stop by one of the Elephants Delicatessen locations!