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  • Center for Teaching Quality

    At CTQ we believe deeply in the idea that teachers and educators not only have a deep sense of purpose to serve students but also to serve the greater communities in which they work. Your post serves as a great reminder that purpose leads to service which leads to fulfillment. Thanks for the important reminder about the intrinsic motivation that fuels a more positive environment (work and otherwise).

  • Priscilla Villa

    I'm currently in this exact situation. I'm about to be 2 years old with a degree in anthropology and a job in accounting. My why is because I need to pay off my student loans, and I try to make the best of it, but it's hard to continue coming to work everyday knowing I want to do something better, something beneficial to society. The hardest step I have found, is figuring out how to get there.

    • Kris Giere

      Don't lose hope, Priscilla! Many people throughout history had jobs they didn't enjoy, and in time, they found where they belong. One point CTQ made above is in regards to community involvement. Most of those phantom historical people I just referenced got to where they wanted through community involvement. Today with the internet, we have community everywhere. Find one that you feel alive in face-to-face or digitally and give yourself the inspiration you deserve to feel each week. That could be volunteering in your neighborhood, at a school, or connecting online with like-minded individuals for some sort of project. Let your talents shine where ever you can and the fulfilling opportunities will come. Unfortunately, it might take some extra patience.

  • Mia Pokriefka

    This is a great reminder that we, as humans, have such a collective desire to fulfill and be fulfilled. I try to ask myself WHY at two times: One, at the start of each week as I focus my intentions for the next seven days, and two, every time I make a new life goals. I also try and ask: am I doing this for me, or because I feel pressure from society to do/act X, Y, or Z? Does anyone else have any suggestions for how they ask themselves WHY and once they have the answer, implement it (if applicable)?