This week we welcome the amazing Naomi Pitt on Dissecting Success. Like many during the pandemic, a loss of employment encouraged Naomi to transition career paths. Building on different experiences during her career has allowed her to put all the different pieces together and find her success. Being a natural people person, Naomi found herself often saying yes, however boundaries are important and learning to say no was a big piece to prioritizing those boundaries. Showing up, trying and doing it consistently, and feeling satisfied with what she is doing are all ways our guest believes brought her success and can do the same for you.
About the Guest
Naomi Pitt is the founder of Naomi Pitt Coaching and a Certified Life Coach. It was not a linear path to where she is today, but all of her experiences support where she is today. Naomi has over 16 years of experience in the luxury hospitality industry, working with top brands such as Four Seasons Hotels, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, and Marriott International. With a background in wedding planning, event management, and Human Resources, this is where Naomi’s true passion and ability to support and work with people really shines. When COVID hit, she was laid off from her Event Manager role and took the opportunity to pursue something she had been dreaming of.
In 2020, she completed her Life Coaching Certification and founded Naomi Pitt Coaching, where she focuses on supporting her clients and community on moving from feeling stuck to taking action. She is the creator of The Community Corner, which is an online space that brings together inspiring women from around the world to share their stories of what community means to them.
In 2021, she took her motivational speech “ Ready, Steady, Go: Exploring what ready feels like” to the virtual stage and spoke to over 250 people, as part of the Shine Bootcamp Speakers Showdown. Hailing from the West Coast of Canada, Naomi has grown up with a love of the outdoors and now resides in the resort town of Whistler, British Columbia. Today, she has the pleasure of working as an HR Consultant for a boutique firm, coaching her amazing clients, and enjoying time with her husband, Jonas, their French Bulldog pup Margaux and friends!
You ever wonder what success actually means? How do you get it? And how do you keep it?Theresa Lambert:
We all want it yet sometimes it feels only some of us get to have it.Blair Kaplan Venables:t's be real for a hot minute.:Theresa Lambert:
Can you put it in a box?Blair Kaplan Venables:
How can you get it?Theresa Lambert:
Can people take it away? Or are you the one with the power?Blair Kaplan Venables:
Does it mean the same to all of us? Or are we the ones that create it?Theresa Lambert:his is really really cool. In:Naomi Pitt:
Oh, I'm so good. I am so happy to be here toTheresa Lambert:
you. This is gonna be a really fun and juicy conversation. I know it. And I'm gonna dive right in what does success mean to you? Nomi?Naomi Pitt:
Oh, been waiting for this question. You know, I've been listening to all of the other episodes of dissecting success, and I love it. And so it's it's so good to be able to really think about what it means to me. And I think it really comes down to two things, feeling satisfied with what I've been doing with whatever it is like, do I feel satisfied? That makes me feel successful. And then yesterday, okay, so yesterday, I took a tennis lesson, because sidenote, I've decided this is the summer I'm gonna get good at tennis. And so I took a lesson with a couple of girlfriends in Whistler, and, and our instructor was awesome. And he was telling us this story, and I cannot remember who the tennis player is, but some famous tennis player, have this rule where he, as long as he went for the ball every time he just went for it. And it didn't matter if it was like a clean shot, or what it really looked like but it was all about just showing up and getting after the ball. And so being consistent. And that I think, is really that's what success is about. It's about showing up trying and just doing it consistently. Even if it's not perfect, right, like even if clean. That's a new tennis term I've learned so good shot. That's even if whatever you're trying is not clean, that you're just still showing up and you're figuring it out. And maybe there's some mistakes, but that's all part of the package.Blair Kaplan Venables:
That's That's so good. Want to know why that's so good. Teresa, and I talk about this all the time. You just have to show up. Yeah, you have to show up. Okay, so there's clean which is a good hit. What's like a messy hit. What's that? What's the term for that?Naomi Pitt:
I don't know. Bad. Dirty. I don't know. Just show up dirty. It's like a try again. Basically be like try get and likeBlair Kaplan Venables:
Yeah, and like that's like you have to show up and you have to have those try again moments in order to get those clean hits, right? You don't just start hitting clean. And I think that's been probably a really great analogy for business. And I love that you share that. First of all, I know you really like you're learning tennis, I kind of want to learn pickleballNaomi Pitt:
Yes, it's very trendy.Blair Kaplan Venables:
Yeah, I hear it's very trendy. And I think it's like my speed. But um, you know, I've known you for a while I've watched your, your career evolve over the years. And I just want to talk about where you're at today. So you have a business and you work for a company. Let's talk about how you juggle all of that. And, like, let's tell us about your life.Naomi Pitt:amazing. And so going back to:Blair Kaplan Venables:
you just saying that I pictured the like an old school Snakes and Ladders game. Oh, I love that. It's like that's kind of like what the game I know there's a game called life but the game of life, like snakes and ladders, you know, like, for then you like shoot up a ladder, then you go maybe a little this way. Oops, gotta go down a slide. But I think that's really great. And you know, I loved Okay, so Teresa, you know Teresa's background, and also luxury hospitality. So I think that's really cool that you both have this background and to see where your careers have evolved, and how you both are in this coaching space. What is it like? Who do you work with? What is what's your ideal client?Naomi Pitt:
Yeah, I love working with people who are ready to, they want to take action on something, maybe they don't know exactly what it is, but there's something more that they want to do that they want to work towards, or they just want to shift something in their life. And it can be anything, and a lot of the times it is about smaller shifts. But it could be something like career, it could be moving, it could be any different thing and just being able to kind of walk that path with them and support and give some tools. And really it's just encouraging people I think to you know, be constantly moving forward in some way or another like, yes, rest is important. 100% and I took me a long time to realize that you come from the hospitality industry, it's you don't know what rest is. But you know, it's all great. Sit in the bubble bath and you just wait you know, like okay, I'm gonna get other bubble bath and $100,000 is gonna be my bank account, like maybe one day but to get to that point, you do need to be moving forward. So it's just helping people you know, help working with my clients who are ready to kind of take those steps and help them just do a little bit each day to move them forward to where they want to be.Theresa Lambert:
I love that know me and I know like you and I have known each other for a bit we sort of knew off each other before we ever really met in person like tatto conversation because we're both in the hotel industry in Whistler. And I remember we met at De event that I did the laughs in person event. It was actually at the beautiful Fairmont Chateau Whistler I rented with the amazing Yasmin, who's now the Director of PR Director at the Fairmont. And it was all about empowering women in hospitality to step into leadership roles and learning from leadership. And there was this whole idea about doing this leadership cycle Long story short, this was on March 12. And um, yes, well shut down. I remember. Like, yeah, exactly, everyone was kind of what's happening. But that's where we met. And then a few months later, you actually reached out and you jumped into my first ever group coaching program that I had, which is, is, was from last till purpose. And I really needed a mind map. like a lifetime ago now. And you have been in my wealth ever since. And you joined us in momentum as well, which was amazing. And we can talk about that a little bit more. But the reason why I'm bringing this up is because I have seen you change and transition and move forward and move forward and move forward. So sometimes the really cool thing is when we, you know, so many of us say that we want to change or say that we want to take action. And one of the things that I really love about what you do know me is that not only are you helping people figure out what is that change, what is that shift, but actually you're guiding them to actually take that action and like you just said, right, like, it's not like we're lying in a bubble Bop, and then all of a sudden, $100,000 drop in and if we are having a bubble above and $100,000 drop in, it's because we've worked, we've worked, and we set ourselves up for success with that to be able to happen, like it doesn't just drop out of the sky. And so, you know, not that that is always necessary for coaching. But one cool thing I just found with you is that, you know, you don't just help clients with that you constantly are living it. And I think that that is something that is so important, because when we're hiring coaches, when we're hiring mentors, when we're hiring people to help us on our path to success, it I find it very important to to actually see and know, how is that person that's leading me showing up in their life? And how does that work for them? And I think you're just such a prime example of someone that always moves forward. Because yeah, you weren't the hotel industry, you ended up moving into a HR role. You You know, obviously did your life coaching certification, you moved on with that, then you're like, let's do some speaking. I'm going to learn how to speak next thing, you know, you speak in front of 250 people and like, it was just like, cool to see you do all these different things. And I would love to know, how do you think like, the changes that you've made the transitions in this? How has that changed the way you show up in the world? Because I feel like that has changed. And I would love to know from your perspective what that's been like,Naomi Pitt:
for sure. Well, first of all, thank you my nice little hype girl there. I love it. That's so nice. And it's been amazing to be on this journey with you too. In watching you grow and learning from you, I loved loved it. Loved it loved it and Blair to when we did momentum, but for me, yeah, I mean, there's been no, there's not like every day, I'm moving forward. I mean, I wish I would think I sometimes I wish I could. But it's important to, you know, to remember for everyone that sometimes you don't, I mean, you always are in some ways. But it doesn't need to be big steps or big events all the time. So I think for me, I've really just learned to start showing up in some way, even each day, even if it's something small. So if it's just, you know, I've really been into building a morning routine, and even if it's just doing one of those things, like ideally, wouldn't it be great to have two hours every morning, but that's kind of unrealistic. So even it was just one thing. And to be able to kind of give myself that time and to set some boundaries around what that you know, whatever I need to do so I can actually get there and show up, whether it's you know, having to say not notice something the night before, so I can get up early and do that or just really committing myself in the morning, you know, maybe having a meeting a bit later so I can make sure I can go for a run or something like that. So I've definitely been a lot better at being more consistent and setting boundaries.Blair Kaplan Venables:
Boundaries. Boundaries are so important. And I you know, I know you. We've you were a part of our cohort in momentum. You helped me at my wedding, which, yes. Amazing, I would go, yes. Oh my gosh, it was a lifetime ago. But you know, it's so interesting because I think boundaries, the topic of boundaries really came into play during the pandemic, because we all have this huge life shift. And I think people never really thought too much about boundaries. And I think that's an important thing to talk about. Because what you're saying is like you very much want your morning routine and your ritual, I follow you on Instagram, and you are very good at sharing what you're doing. Maybe you're out for a run, or you're journaling or you do it all. And I'm like that too. Like, I I love a good two three hour morning routine, like wake up workout, have a candlelit bath, my coffee, they pull a card, and then I listen to music while I journal. And then I pet my cat for like 20 minutes. You know, I love a slow morning where before was like, Get up and go. Yeah, yeah. And like I work from home, like my commute is across the hall. But I love a morning routine. And it's funny because Tracy and I were just talking about this with boundaries about like, sometimes when we like, out of our parameters, like we say yes to something even though our gut tells us not to, and then kind of comes back to like, we shouldn't have said that. Like, what is that like for you? Like, I love my boundaries when someone wants to meet me. And it means I have to go to bed too late or you know if it doesn't like if it doesn't like jive with my day. I've really embraced saying no, or providing an alternative solution. And it's really empowering.Naomi Pitt:
Yeah, absolutely. I love how you sit said to like, it's kind of come in maybe more friend of mine. For people what since the pandemics hit? Because I think that's so true. Because I think we all slow down so much. So we started to realize, like, how much maybe we were overloaded before so I'm getting I mean, maybe Teresa will feel this too. But the hospitality industry really trains you to be a yes person. And I'm a naturally like a people pleaser. And a people person and and so I saying no, I'm getting better at but I'm definitely getting better on alternatives or just kind of knowing what I need to do first before I can go and do something else. Instead of before when it was in reverse. And then and then when you have your private your own priorities, or they usually get taken off the table.Theresa Lambert:
Yeah, you know, it's funny what you're saying with the hospitality industry? Because I feel like it's sad. I feel like it's that service card. Right? Like, it's like the service sacrifice. Yes. And, you know, it's like being trained like the, you know, the gifts is always King and like, you know, we don't ever say no, like no doesn't, you know, exist in a vocabulary and like, and it's really interesting, like, I mean, I get it, like counting for this world, for sure, like boundaries has definitely been something that like, continuously, I would revisit. But the really interesting thing is that, and for me, it wasn't so much to pandemic, I feel like because I was already working for myself. So in that sense, I had that bit more flexibility. I had left the hotel industry already. But I think that at the end of the day when it comes to boundaries, right? And that saying no piece, it's so empowering, to step back, and to ask yourself, what do I need you for us, you give your response. And I think that can happen in a very short amount of time. But, but I know what you mean when you likeBlair Kaplan Venables:
I'm like literally I'm like about to be like it. And then I'm like, literally can feel myself pulling back and taking a breath and then being like, ah, um, I'm going to have to like I'm getting I'm gonna get back to you about that. Like when I when I realized was that the lunch? So learning to listen. Yeah, and having those stronger boundaries, I think is so important. And, you know, with a pandemic, I think what everyone realizes that there's just life is precious. Yeah. And you never know when it goes away. And I think that is the big message that I have found, you know, has come through the pandemic, but that I've also seen people take that on and stop to really ask themselves, what do I really want? You know, what do I really want the terms of my career? What do I really want in terms of other things, right, where you have gone through that transition yourself also where you started to be like, Well, what do I actually want? Right, rather than just staying put and following the next thing, and I feel like black and robbery relate to that as well. SoBlair Kaplan Venables:
yeah, and I think you I think like what's so important and what I mean, listen, I don't make the rules. I just break the rules. You can't tell me what to do because I will not do it. Even though I know I should do it, even if I tell myself I have to do something, it's very hard for me to do it. But what I've really learned over the last year with all the loss I've suffered, is that like, you really only have one life. And I'm someone who's always worked for myself, like as a kid, I had my mom sign up for Avon and I went door to door selling makeup, my lipstick, and I used to sell roses in the bar, and I imported cigar box purses from New York and sold them in the mall. And my business is 14 years old. And I mean, I didn't have support in the sense of an entrepreneurial coach or business coach or social media marketing was even a thing when I started, like I coached myself, I became the source. But it's cool, because Theresa and I started this podcast that we're now listening to over a year ago. And you know, along with that people started reaching out Blair and Teresa like, how can you support us? And that's how we created momentum. And we were so honored to have you as one of our cohort core rotis.Blair Kaplan Venables:
Are you for hoti momento.Naomi Pitt:
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is, but anyways, we were so honored to have you as part of the first cohort for momentum. And it's really cool to watch your business grow how, like, tell us about your momentum experience? Like how has that impacted where your career is today?Naomi Pitt:
Oh, there's so much. I mean, I feel like there's so much amazing information in that program. And it was things that when you start a business, you have no idea about like, oh, no, I'm just gonna whip up a little website or an Instagram page that off I go. But there's so many other layers. And it was so nice to have that to be in a group in a small group, but like, I really appreciated that kind of boutique, you know, its size, when you're around like, 10 people, it's amazing, because you have the support of the group, we have the support of both of you, which is incredible, and not just one teacher, and then to be able to pull from, you know, business and, and all the social media and PR that Blair gives, like, it was amazing, you know, I would have never thought to be like, Oh, he's gonna have a social media strategy and, and break this down into this calendar, you know, I don't know what I thought, to be honest about it, just go for it, you know. So it was amazing to be able to have the strategy and the structure. And it's really, you know, I still use so many of the pieces and the tools from the program today. So thank you.Theresa Lambert:
I love that. I love that. And it's so true. You know, it's, there's a lot of moving pieces. And one thing that I've also noticed is because you moved into your role with crew HR, and you're doing you know, it's kind of cool to see because you've moved from this role in an organization where you're an employee and being paid to working for another entrepreneur, in more of a consultant role. And I know you'll also supporting on some of the other aspects dealt with social media, and you were helping with the rebranding that just happened. And then you have your own business. And what I find is really cool is that I see you, using the skills that you've learned in a program like momentum and, and vidi applying that which is so awesome. And like you said at the beginning, right, you've taken all these different things, and you've sort of just built them, it's like you're making this beautiful cake off your success. And and I just,Naomi Pitt:
you know, I love that analogy.Theresa Lambert:
It's like you're baking like your success cake, and all these different layers and layers and, and flavors, and all of that stuff. But like, I would love to know from you like what, like, in terms of your path to success, like what would be like a piece of advice that you would maybe give somebody that's at the beginning journey of their success? Or they might even be in transition? What would you tell them? What would you have them startNaomi Pitt:
I would have them start with speaking to their network or speaking to people where they think that they want to go, I mean, you know what, whatever direction they're kind of leaning towards, start speaking to those people who are doing it, because they're the ones that are gonna be able to give you the best, you know, insight into what it's really like. It's easy to look at people or industries or careers from the outside and have one opinion about it, but it's so different to actually go and live that. And so I just start asking questions, ask questions, use your network. You know, people are the most powerful, like we are the most powerful tool in our toolbox. I love to say that, but so are other people. So go and ask them the questions, you know, if you can, if it's something that if it's a career move, you can go and actually be there and whatever it is, to experience a little bit more reach out to people People love to help other people grow. And yeah, just ask questions. I think that it's not never utilized in math because people think that maybe they're being a burden or something like that. But I just think you know, if put yourself in, like if someone approached you and was like, Oh, you're so you're doing such a great job at what you do. Could I ask you a few questions? I've been thinking about this. Would you be excited to ensure that like, approach it that way?Blair Kaplan Venables:
I think that's such great advice, because we have to ask questions. We have to try stuff out. We have to see what works we have to fail forward. We have to, you know, be messy before we're clean, you know. All right. This is amazing. I love jamming with you. So you know people are listening. They're like, well, I want to check her out. Where can i Where can our followers or listeners or fans find you?Naomi Pitt:
The best way to find me is on Instagram Instagrams, my jam, Naomi pit coaching. And yeah, reach out. I love to connect.Blair Kaplan Venables:
I'm amazed so exciting. So we'll drop all your your Lowry all your links are in the show notes. I'm stuttering because I'm still want to get all the words out at once, but can't. Thank you so much for taking the time to jam with us to dissect what success is to you, Theresa, and I love you. It's been a pleasure watching your business grow. I can't wait to see what's next for you in the next season of spring summer. Naomi, and Margo and Jonas. I love it. Oh my gosh. And thank you to everyone who just tuned in for another episode of dissecting success. We'll be back in your ears next week. Peace.Theresa Lambert:
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