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Compassionate Careers

Making a Living by Making a Difference

Author:Jeffrey W. Pryor and Alexandra Mitchell
Subject:Career
ISBN-13: 978-1-60163-359-0
Pages: 288
Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches
Format: Paper
Price: $16.99

*Foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu

“What I see when I look into the eyes and hearts of the people who serve is joy. My invitation to you is to join them on compassionate careers.”
—Archbishop Desmond Tutu

“Life’s too short for you not to wholeheartedly pursue your gifts and passions. If you find the right mission and the right role within that mission, that’s such a powerful thing. But Compassionate Careers also does a favor for people in that it’s not candy coated. There are real tradeoffs, and it helps people think about how to navigate that path.”
—Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity

“It’s no accident that the world’s happiest and most successful people all seem to have one very important thing in common—they chose a life of passion and purpose, not just a paycheck. Compassionate Careers is an intimate look into how many fascinating people have achieved the well-balanced life and how you, too, can reach the same plateau. If you want to turn your career into the vehicle you ride into an amazing future, this book is for you.”
—Jeff Hoffman, cofounder of Priceline.com

In interviewing people for Compassionate Careers, the authors felt that Dr. Goodall’s words captured a common theme expressed by many:
“I’m a hopeful, optimistic person and I want to help people understand that it’s not too late to save the world if we all get involved, roll up our sleeves, and do something about it ourselves. We’ve got to realize that our own life and the choices that we make actually make a difference. Young people have so much to offer, and the time for action is now.”
—Jane Goodall, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, and United Nations Messenger of Peace


Many young people today are seeking something more—purpose, meaning, a cause.

Compassionate Careers is filled with examples of people who have meaningful jobs in cause-focused organizations. These stories capture their spirit, intelligence, imagination, and heart. The book is an inspirational guide to finding purpose-driven work and offers advice to anyone who feels that sitting on the sidelines is just not enough. It includes:

  • Stories from people of all walks of life who have jobs that make a difference, including Bill Clinton, Jane Goodall, and Dave Matthews.
  • Information on how to get started in a cause-focused career.
  • An online assessment that identifies the type of organizational culture for which you are best suited.
  • Exercises and resources for hands-on exploration of compassionate career opportunities.

 

An old Yaqui Indian proverb reads, “If you have a choice of paths to take in life, take the path with a heart.”Compassionate Careers will show you how.


Jeffrey W. Pryor is a thought leader in the field of philanthropy who has received multiple awards for his entrepreneurial efforts. After 20 years as executive director of a family foundation, Jeff now serves as CEO of Pathfinder Solutions, providing research and training on talent development to nonprofits and other organizations. He also teaches at Regis University and the University of Colorado.

Alexandra Mitchell, MPA, has long been an advocate for young people and cause-focused endeavors. She has been a high school teacher, nonprofit leader, researcher, and organizational coach. Currently, Alex is the president of Pathfinder Solutions and teaches at the University of Colorado. She speaks nationally on talent development. Standford Social Innovations Review and Harvard University have published her work.

 

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