The Second-Best Mistake I Ever Made

…and the Importance of Embracing a Growth Mindset

‘Tine Zekis

--

Have you ever made a mistake that, at the time, felt like the wrong turn on your life’s journey, but in hindsight, turned out to be a pivotal moment leading you to unexpected success? I’ve certainly had my share of such experiences, and today, I want to share with you the story of the second-best mistake I ever made (perhaps we’ll save the best mistake for another day).

Dominos falling toward an egg that is upright at the edge of a table.
Photo by Getty Images on Unsplash

As many of you know, I began my career as a high school math teacher. It seemed like a noble path, but it quickly became apparent that it wasn’t the right fit for me. The stress and demands took a toll on my physical and mental well-being. It was tough, and I immediately questioned my life choices.

But here’s the twist — without that huge mistake, I would never have made the career pivot that led me to where I am today. I transitioned into the tech industry by becoming a software engineer. Through a series of strategic job moves and salary negotiations, I doubled my teacher’s salary in just two years, and in less than five years, I tripled it.

My journey didn’t stop there. I discovered my passion in helping other Black women navigate career transformations, negotiate higher salaries, and embrace their own potential. This experience embodies the essence of a…

--

--

‘Tine Zekis

Christine (‘Tine) Zekis is an author, international speaker, software engineer, and the Founder & CEO of Getting Black Women Paid