It's a question I ask myself a lot. It's a question that inevitably comes up in some form when I've interviewed someone for a story, when I'm meeting a new client or writing a short biography on an expert.
What makes your job worthwhile? What do you love about it? What do you do that no one else quite does the same way?
That answer, there's a little bit of magic hidden in it somewhere.
If we can uncover the moments in the day remind us why we do what we do, it will lead us to a more fulfilled, more efficient or productive place. From there, anything is possible.
To find it we have to block out the Monday blues, the monotony of certain tasks, the mix of excitement and trepidation we might feel when acquiring new skills or meeting new people.
What is really motivating you at work?
The answers will shift. They take into account things we might guess like getting a great paycheck, working with people who value and understand you, or making a real difference that can help others. It can be all of these, or something different.
I have a few answers - but they all point back to a common thread. I feel most fulfilled in those moments in the day when I connect someone with the answers she is seeking, help someone get closer to a goal, or meet another expert who compliments a project, even connecting with the perfect source for an article in stages of research.
Little things. They add up.
How might you answer?
Stephanie Angelyn Casola founded Prologue as a writer, social media and PR professional with more than two decades of experience in media. She's addicted to wi-fi and minimalist design, holds high expectations for coffee, craft beer and pizza, and grew up an avid fan of scary movies. Recently dubbed the "Queen Bee of hustle, media relations and coolness" when she's not working, she's probably ducking into a movie, rock show or museum (so she'll text you after). Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org