The authors of Figuring Out Fulfillment have never publicly subscribed to a particular philosophical method, though many of our posts assume the career journey is an existential one – a journey we take alone as independent, conscious actors. We create our own meaning and define our own lives.

Creating meaning is a slow, laborious process – except when it’s not. Sometimes we have flashes of insight or momentous events mark our progress. We realize how we have held ourselves in place and how we can overcome that. We realize what it is we want to be. We gain entrance onto our chosen path. And when we enjoy these discoveries and noteworthy events it is often our first instinct to share our good fortune.

When our discovery happens at work we may discreetly step away from our desk, phone in hand, to call whomever it is we call to share this type of news. Or maybe we have a trusted colleague we email and ask to meet us in the conference room or for coffee. We are so overcome we must tell someone and tell them now. The forward motion of our journey seems suspended until we can share our news because it is when we share it that it seems officially real.

But sometimes, there is no one available for us to tell. We sit alone with our discovery and it becomes real on its own because it has to, the initial momentum of the insight worn off. We proceed alone. And if we are honest with ourselves, we realize that alone is the only way we ever really do.