I received an email today from a professional organization of which I am a member. Within the email was a link to a TED talk by Shonda Rhimes. a television producer, screenwriter, and author. In her talk, Shonda shares how much she loves her work. "When I am hard at work, when I am deep in it, there is no other feeling," she says. Shonda calls this feeling “the hum”. She says, “The hum is a drug, the hum is music, the hum is God's whisper in my ear.”
I hear the hum when I am working with mid-level professionals who are searching for their next career or their next career step. I am so engrossed in the conversation as I listen carefully to what is being shared. All other thoughts and activities are out of mind. Sometimes I wonder, “Where did that aha question come from?” Perhaps as Shonda says it is God whispering in my ear.
I’m sure you have experienced your hum too. Perhaps it was earlier today. Maybe it was in a different job. It could have been during a volunteer experience.
Take a couple of minutes to remember…What were you doing when you heard the hum? Who were you working with or for at that time? How did you feel when you heard the hum?
The goal with making a fulfilling career change is to determine what brings on your hum. Then, match up roles that require the components of your hum. The more you are doing the things that allow you to hear the hum the more you will feel satisfied and fulfilled by your work.
Shonda’s hum has been called by other names: the groove, using your strengths, the zone, living in your genius. Regardless of which name you use, the feeling that you get is called joy.
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