Last night I was flipping through my new Working Mother magazine and came across an article told to an author by Marcia Gay Harden, who spoke about being a working mother among other things.
In the article, Marcia made a comment that gave me that ‘aha!’ moment we sometimes find when someone says something that explains how we feel when we can’t put our finger on that exact feeling.
For three years now I have worked from home,and I have loved it. I have many friends who work outside of the home, some who work from home on an outside job and I have many friends who stay at home and work inside the home but not at an outside job.
I’m sometimes asked why I choose to work and why I have spent so much time these past few years working to put this company together. I always explain to people that I enjoy what I do and so I don’t mind getting up early in the morning or working late into the night. It gives me satisfaction. It makes me feel as though I have something for myself.
In the article, Marcia called the feeling of working and finding satisfaction in the work “Professional Fulfillment.” When I read this, the lightbulb went off.
I work because it fulfills me professionally.
Perhaps this won’t explain it to everyone. In fact, some may still not understand why I choose to work, and why I put in the hours that I do-all of my free time, in fact-trying to get this company off of the ground.
But now I get it: I need to be professionally fulfilled. That is another aspect that completes me.
I’ve asked people before if what they do makes them happy. I know many people who answer no. They go to work each day and do a job that they are not happy doing, or they want to be doing something else but are unsure of how to go about it.
Then I speak with others whose eyes light up when they talk about their companies or their jobs, and now I get it: They are Professionally Fulfilled.
Finally, a term to fit the way that I feel about my business.
Don’t you just love those little ahas that make it all clear in the end?