20+ min read · From 2019 · Do you see your career as a painting, or a ladder? If you ask Zainab Ghadiyali, product lead at Airbnb, she’ll encourage you to pick up the paintbrush and get to work covering your canvas. Envisioning your career as a painting allows you to seek “omnidirectional growth,” ultimately providing a broader foundation for eventual vertical climbing. She also recommends letting curiosity be your guide to better – albeit less conventional – career decisions. While most interviews with Silicon Valley successes are crawling over themselves to be “inspirational,” Ghadiyali’s story and advice can actually lay claim to the title.