4 Moms Share How Motherhood Makes Them Better Professional Service Providers
Unless you were born entirely in a test tube, you’re likely the child of a mother somewhere out there. And as children of mothers, we’ve probably all heard a little about one of the world’s most important jobs: being a mom.
Whether you identify as a ‘mother’ or are the mother of a human child or non-human alike, the sheer responsibility of mothering another being — whether from choice or the womb — develops skills that make us better coaches and trainers, leaders and humans.
Being a mother to two young children has shown me that nothing is impossible. (Even taking that Sharpie writing stain off my dining room chair!) There is always a solution when we work together.
How Being a Mom Makes You a Better Professional Coach, Trainer, Leader, Teammate & Human
The responsibility of motherhood is proven to make us better at almost everything we do. At Profi, though, we’re especially interested in how motherhood makes us better professional service providers, like:
- How being a mom makes you a better entrepreneur.
- Becoming a mother makes you a better leader, and how parenting makes us better managers.
- How moms make better executive and leadership coaches and trainers.
- And how being a mother makes you a better health and wellness coach.
Profi Moms Share How Motherhood Makes Them Better Teammates, Leaders & Professional Service Providers
This Mother’s Day, we reached out to the Moms on our team at Profi to ask them:
How does being a Mom make you a better helper at Profi?
And we got back some tremendous inspirational answers from Profi Moms. Here’s what just a few of our Moms shared with us:
Being a Dog Mom Makes me More Reliable, Empathic & a Better Advocate
Motherhood isn’t limited to caring for human children. Our Customer Success & Enablement Partner, Nicole Brec, says that being a dog mom “encourages me to be extra reliable with anyone who needs me or is leaning on me.” And at Profi, her teammates rely on her as well as our customers.
Caring for two senior pups with health conditions, shares Nicole, “has helped me become more organized because there can be a lot to juggle (medicine cocktails, documenting seizure dates/length, making sure we have clean diapers, etc.).”
Having two fur babies with unique needs requires me to be even more empathetic, pay attention to the small things and advocate for their needs when I need to.
“I've always been empathetic and found it important to stand up for those without a voice. But having two fur babies with unique needs has required me to be even more empathetic, pay attention to the small things, and advocate for their needs when I need to.”
Being a Mother Makes me a Better Listener, Communicator & Helps me Understand my Impact.
“Being a Mom has taught me how to be a better communicator and listen to people — even if they don’t say some things out loud. I’ve started to understand better where they are coming from,” shares Profi’s Senior Demand Generation Manager, Olga Solodukhina. “My son tells me directly when he feels I’m crossing the line or being too demanding or strict with him, so I started reflecting more on how I say things and how it makes other people feel.”
At Profi, listening to what’s between the lines helps Olga be a better manager, teammate, and leader while helping drive demand for the only all-in-one solution for professional service providers like executive, business and leadership coaches, and business and health and wellness trainers.
Being a Mom taught me how to be a better communicator and listen to people. Even if they don’t say some things aloud, I better understand where they’re coming from. I started reflecting more on how I say things and how it makes other people feel.
Olga also shares that being a Mom helps her be more resilient given everything that’s going on in the world. “I’ve always been an optimist, but staying positive is something I learned and am still learning through being a Mom. The world around us will always bring unexpected surprises, and my goal is to teach my kid to look at surprises as an opportunity, not a failure. By doing this, I’ve also started my journey of enjoying every moment we are given.”
The world will always bring unexpected surprises. My goal is to teach my kid to look at these surprises as an opportunity, not a failure. I’ve also started my journey of enjoying every moment we are given by doing this.
Being a Mom Makes me Better at Making Work/Life Choices & Gives me Hope.
Profi CS&MO, Ashley Fina, shares that while “everyone talks about the need to create work/life balance. Once I tried balancing work, children and personal needs, I quickly learned that there is no ‘balance’ — merely life choices.
Ashley expands on two examples of moments that brought her this insight: “There are moments we have an important deadline that causes us to miss bedtime. And there are times when we have to rush children to the doctor and miss that important meeting.”
My children have helped me recognize these moments as choices. They’ve helped me understand the difference between what is urgent versus important. And that my colleagues’ choices may not always be vocational ones.
Being a mom has helped Ashley become a better leader and business coach for others: “My children have helped me recognize these moments as choices. They’ve helped me understand the difference between what is urgent versus important.”
And this insight expands to her colleagues at Profi: “Being a mom has helped me gain a greater understanding of my colleagues’ own choices that may not always be vocational ones.”
And being a mother to two young children has “also shown me that nothing is impossible. (Even taking that Sharpie writing stain off my dining room chair!) There is always a solution when we work together.”
Being a Dog Mom Helps me Stay Curious, Present & Playful With Life.
Motherhood is motherhood — whether you’re caring for humans or animals. And being a mom to my dogs throughout the years has kept me curious, first and foremost. Curiosity about life and learning makes me good at my job as a Head of Content for a SaaS startup and as a health and wellness coach.
“All animals, but for me, especially puppy dogs, are a constant reminder of staying present with our bodies and showing up fully with others in every moment we are given.”
“Dogs have a playful curiosity about life — the way they sniff their way through it — that returns me to the present and always has me asking myself: what is it like from their point of view?”
And this keeps me asking those same questions with the audiences I write for and the clients I serve.
What do You Think?
So, what do you think? Do you believe or know from experience how being a mother makes you a better professional, whether you’re a coach, trainer, team member, entrepreneur or leader?
And to all the Moms out there also being professionals every day, much respect to you for making it work in whatever ways you are. You are our everyday heroes.
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