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Working in the education field has never been for the faint of heart—whether on the frontlines as a classroom teacher, or behind the scenes; working the field takes passion, drive, and commitment. But we’ve also seen a lot of shake-up in the industry recently. With the rise of massive open online courses (MOOC) and other new tech disruptors, the entire sector is being reexamined.

The most influential, and happiest, agents of change have a valuable lesson to teach: self-concern is as essential as your desire to help others.

This story is part of Heart at Work, a monthly series produced by Idealist.org and Echoing Green, in which we tilt the spotlight towards everyday people doing extraordinary work that makes the world a better place. Read more.

In my experience, the most successful world changers have all had what I call a Moment of Obligation. This moment frequently becomes their North Star—the memory that guides them on their journey, and keeps them going when all seems dark.

Whether you feel settled or not, your current employment situation does not have to determine your future. I have spoken to many people of all ages with career paths that initially seemed less than linear. They have bounced from the private sector to local government to non-profit and back. While some see this as “job jolting,” I encourage them to take a deeper look—there is often a connection beneath the surface. Read more.

Job boards terrify me. So many fields. So many positions. So many questions: “Can I do that?” “What does a controller do anyway?” “Am I ‘comfortable with ambiguity’? Well, the ambiguity of this question scares me, so I guess not.” Read more.

This story is part of Heart at Work, a monthly series produced by Idealist.org and Echoing Green, in which we tilt the spotlight towards everyday people doing extraordinary work that makes the world a better place. Read more.

I was setting up for a workshop at a careers conference in Madison, Wisconsin two weeks ago when a goateed gentleman sauntered into the room and asked me, “So, what does Work on Purpose do?” Read more.

It's exactly the advice your mother didn't give you, unless your mom was a rule-breaker like my mine. Fear means go. This was one of my mom's favorite principles. Read more.

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