If you’ve ever spent the afternoon staring at the gray flannel of your cubicle and longing for a better job, you’re certainly not alone. There are many who say that such dissatisfaction led them to greener pastures of career change success. One of the keys to enjoying what you do every day is finding inspiration within your role—whether you work for yourself or someone else. Two women who cite inspiration as key to job satisfaction are Amy Palmer, the president and CEO of Soldiers’ Angels, and Jennifer Windsor, the CEO of Women for Women International. In recent interviews, they offered their insights into what aspects of their jobs inspire them the most.

Amy Palmer

Palmer’s organization, Soldier’s Angels, is a nonprofit that provides aid and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, their families and the veteran population. She says her work with the military inspires her to keep her going:

The most rewarding part of the job is serving military families and veterans. When you get to spend every day of your life serving others, it gives you a reason to go to work. I feel like my life has meaning, and I am exactly where God wanted me to be.

I love serving those who have served our great country. Just one trip to visit patients at the VA quickly reminds me why we do what we do. They are not thanked and appreciated nearly enough for their sacrifices and service. When you realize what you do has an impact on another person, it drives you to continue to serve.”

Jennifer Windsor

Women for Women International is a nonprofit in which Windsor and her team work directly with women who are isolated and displaced in post-war regions of the world. She says knowing the difference she can make in the lives of others is what she enjoys most:

The best part of my work is knowing that we are having a direct and positive impact on the lives of women all over the world. Hearing their stories of what they have overcome and what they dream of achieving is inspiring.

What I love about Women for Women International is that we’re helping women to develop a greater awareness of their own power and what they can do to improve their own lives, as well as their families and communities.”

In addition, helping individuals overcome seemingly insurmountable odds is a powerful inspiration to keep her going:

“In my work, I see what the headlines rarely cover: Women who are not just victims of violence, but survivors who are strong enough to rebuild their families and communities after conflict. I think when people hear about war, they often think that nothing can be done. I believe we need to push back against that idea because each of us can do something to help. For me, the greatest source of hope and inspiration are the women we serve in these countries affected by war and conflict.”

If you find that you lack inspiration in your job, looking to role models like Palmer and Windsor may be helpful—or try following a few tips from others who’ve found a way to recharge their careers. In any case, as the old saying goes, “happiness is an inside job,” and finding the inspiration in what you do every day is a big part of pleasing your inner self.