Atleast at my company, the different roles in the 'hierarchy' are well defined, which in turn provides a clear idea of where you need to grow and what you need to improve for each jump.
Yeah, I don’t want to dismiss the value of the hierarchy, but my own head-in-the-clouds outlook on the whole thing really wound up being a feature and not a bug. I never felt like I had to pay my dues at any certain level.
The world sort of holds you to your title, but if it’s not important to you, it’s not necessary that you hold yourself to it.
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