Every now and then (okay, maybe every day), working moms feel a tension between their roles as caregiver and career professional. No matter your reasons for choosing to work while raising children – the love of your career, a way to stay connected to “adult” you, the need to contribute financially, or any combination of these or other reasons – it’s a path that can be bumpy.
So here’s some inspiration! We all need reminders sometimes to embrace our lives as they are, whether chaotic, happy, stressful, satisfying, or anywhere in between. To help with that, here are six quotes from successful individuals on what work means to them. Maybe you’ll find yourself reflected in one of these gems.
To find joy in work is to discover the fountain of youth. - Pearl S. Buck
We hear stories of the CEO who works until she’s 90 or the yoga enthusiast who still does headstands at 85 and we think, “How do they do that?” Pictures of these people usually reveal them as smiling, happy people who exude joy in whatever they’re doing. And that’s the key! Finding joy in your life’s works, whatever they may be, preserves youth better than any anti-aging skin cream or diet trick ever will.
Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get, but if you work really hard and you're kind, amazing things will happen. - Conan O’Brien
A great reminder that we can plan for our future lives all we want, but hardly ever will reality cooperate. Thankfully, our kind acts have a way of rebounding back to us. Kindness towards your family, your coworkers, and yourself is just plain good karma.
Gentleness doesn't get work done unless you happen to be a hen laying eggs. - Coco Chanel
Oh Coco, you always know how to remind us that kindness only gets us so far. Grit, determination, and standing up for what you believe is fair and right will get you the rest of the way there. Whether going after an important project at work, or making sure your child is receiving attention from her teacher at school, sometimes being gentle ain’t gonna do it.
As for me, prizes are nothing. My prize is my work. - Katharine Hepburn
With jobs as with kids, do your work well for the sake of work well done, because the expectation of a prize at the end of the day will likely leave you disappointed. While you ought to be well-compensated in both your career and in motherhood, often times the effort itself is the reward.
Luck? I don't know anything about luck. I've never banked on it and I'm afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: Hard work - and realizing what is opportunity and what isn't. - Lucille Ball
It’s easy to pass off other people’s success (or your own) as luck, but don’t discount the hard work it takes to get to the right place at the right time. While yes, some things take a bit of aligning on the part of the universe to happen, you are responsible for getting yourself positioned properly through hard work so that you can be in the right place at the right time. View your goals as possible through hard work and you won’t need luck, just opportunity.
Good things happen when you go for it! - Alan Webb
You’ve probably heard the old adage before – people never look back on their lives and say they wish they'd done less, not tried as hard, or given up on more things. If you’re the kind of woman who analyzes every scenario, weighs pros and cons, and researches each option before jumping into something, sometimes you have to just jump.
Hopefully one of these, or all of them, resonate with you and will help make some of those hair-pulling moments just a little bit easier. Also, please share any of your own inspirational quotes below! We’d love to hear them.
Brie Weiler Reynolds is the Content and Social Media Manager at FlexJobs, the award-winning site for telecommuting and flexible job listings, and a former career advisor. At FlexJobs, Brie offers job seekers career and work-life balance advice through the FlexJobs Blog and social media.