Our ideals don't have to be self-punishing obstacles--they can give us vision, deep hope, and inspiration. 
Rick Jarow is a professor of history of religious studies at Vassar College and a practicing alternative career counselor. His popular Anti-Career Workshop is based on years of research and practice with lineage holders in both Eastern and Western traditions. He is the author of "In Search of the Sacred" and "Creating the Work You Love: Courage, Commitment, and Career."
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