What if we started measuring career success in the present tense? - Christie Pitts, Backstage CapitalFeatured

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Hi Elphas – as a reminder – this is part of our public posts series sharing conversations with women across tech on the topic of #careergrowth. Christie, thank you for sharing with us.Please share your thoughts in the comments below.
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Hi Christie, Thanks for sharing this perspective. It's a great reminder that careers are not linear. Some times you zig and sometimes zag. The important thing is to keep momentum and keep pursuing your passions and interests...Love what you are doing at Backstage Capital, and I am curious if your philosophy of 'measuring success in present tense' is also shared by Backstage for their founder / investment metrics. Is your team thinking about success in ways that other tradition firms have not? Cheers,Jocelyn
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Focusing on what I want my everyday to look like rather than the job title has helped me so much. It helped me realize I was in a job I absolutely hated. I'm in the middle of switching gears and my everyday is now much better, although, I'm growing my own company, so we'll see if it's sustainable.
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Thanks a lot for sharing this Christie, really loved it 🙌! And I completely agree with you on the points you made. I guess I've been lucky enough in the past few years to have a mentor/friend to help me understand how I should be growing and the things to look at when jumping the ship. Always found it hard to move to another job, as I thought that one of my strengths was commitment/loyalty (I always wanted to finish projects and support the teams I worked with, although the structure wasn't necessarily working for me anymore), but I recently realised that when I asked myself those questions the answers weren't in the company that I worked with. Which led to new beginnings. Very grateful to all the people that have been around, asked me the right questions and help me figure out what I want to do.
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Thanks for sharing Christie, really love your approach and point of view. So often we ignore those very physical signs of unhappiness in a role in pursuit of this preconceived idea of “success”. I will definitely be taking on board what you’ve said when I consider my own role and look forward to hearing more from this series!
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It is so wonderful to hear from "successful" women like yourself regarding the ebb and flow of titles and career changes. I left Senior Management and Director roles to pursue a career in tech because it was more stable long term for me, my family, and was something exciting and new to learn. I don't have a lot of people to look to that have done this. Contending with the backwards direction has been a challenge. Your post was very comforting - not many people discuss the internal struggle relating to titles and roles professionally. It leads me to believe that it will all work out and to keep truckin.
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Yes to this! Took a leap 4 years ago into the great unknown and started my first business. That led me to summon the courage to found my company over a year ago—it’s clear to me that I’m doing exactly what I’m meant to do. And the most gratifying thing about my career has been realizing that as big and brave as my vision is for the future, I could die today, proud of my life and contribution. I’m in excellent health and hope to have decades ahead of me, though making that switch to creating my own work and serving in my own way has had impact. It’s worth more than any amount of money or status. Not that I have anything against money or status—I welcome both in the coming years. 🤓 But living a brave life for me has meant going all-in on myself, with an unwavering commitment to see this through. I call this my excitified life because I’m both excited and terrified every damn day. What a privilege. There is no greater luxury than the ability to create the vision in my head by building a community to bring it into being. I remain inspired by what y’all are creating. 🥂
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Thanks for posing these insightful questions. I'm a few years into my career and I'm finding that I am doing something similar, feeling a bit anxious and bored, and finally ready to respect that my needs for learning, growth and succeeding in the present tense require me to make some new swerves! I'll be asking myself those 4 questions more often. :)
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Christie, thank you for being so open and sharing your story with us. I started my career in the non-profit sector and I’m glad I did because it set a strong foundation for me. I knew I was walking into a career that didn’t make that much money, but I woke up feeling good about the work that I did in my community. To me, that was being successful because I was helping others reach their potential. Any job I took after that had a requirement of making a social impact and helping underrepresented communities in some shape or form. I eventually moved out of the nonprofit sector to join the tech industry and success evolved into finding a way to combine aspects from those two worlds into one. Today, I look for opportunities rather than titles that will allow me to create something from nothing, test my limits and leadership capabilities, and be surrounded by others who care about uplifting others. That is my definition of success in this moment.