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Work on Purpose

Work on Purpose

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by Lara Galinsky

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“I want a meaningful career—not just a job. But how do I get there?”

When passion drives your choices and your talents shine, opportunities abound. But you can’t get there if you don’t know where or how to start.

This book shows you how.

Since 1987, Echoing Green has provided over thirty million dollars


“I want a meaningful career—not just a job. But how do I get there?”

When passion drives your choices and your talents shine, opportunities abound. But you can’t get there if you don’t know where or how to start.

This book shows you how.

Since 1987, Echoing Green has provided over thirty million dollars in seed funding to the world’s top young social entrepreneurs who figured out the where and the how. But their paths weren’t straight or always clear. How did they do it? Meet five of these changemakers and see for yourself as they dig deep and find their way.

Career choice is a destination, not a decision, and having the right tools to navigate the ride is essential. The stories in this book will help you listen to your heart, use your head, and unleash your hustle. Meanwhile, thought-provoking questions will prompt you to discover what moves you most—what gets you out of bed in the morning—and guide you as you take inventory of your beliefs, acquired skills, and innate gifts so you can lock onto your inspiration. PLUS, more than 150 career resources and programs targeted toward helping you move your vision forward in real time that will put your career on the fast track.

With a foreword by LIVESTRONG’s Lance Armstrong and Doug Ulman and an afterword by Harlem Children’s Zone’s Geoffrey Canada, Work on Purpose is your source for inspiration and practical guidance around creating a career that will change your life—and the world.

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Meet the Author

Lara Galinsky is Senior Vice President of Echoing Green, the perfect laboratory in which to study meaningful work. With the mission to unleash the next generation of talent to solve the world’s biggest problems, Echoing Green offers seed funding fellowships to the world’s most promising social entrepreneurs. Over the last two decades, Echoing Green has invested $30 million in funding to 500 visionaries from around the world. Galinsky serves as board chair of StartingBloc and is a board member for the Fast Forward Fund.

Before joining Echoing Green, Galinsky served as Do Something’s national program director, working with 20,000 educators and 4 million young people to get involved in service learning and community service projects. There, she created the BRICK Award, now called the Do Something Award, to identify and financially support these young leaders. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wesleyan University and Coro Leadership New York. Galinsky is also the co-author of Be Bold: Create a Career with Impact (2007).

Kelly Nuxoll is a writer living in Washington, DC. Nuxoll writes about politics, American culture, and books for the Huffington Post, the Christian Science Monitor, and the Voice of America, among other media outlets. She consults for education and international development nonprofits. Nuxoll has a BA in African Studies from Yale and a MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Columbia University.

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Work On Purpose 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The individual stories of the Echoing Green Fellows are inspirational on so many levels and really illustrate how the combination of Heart, Head and Hustle can lead people into a job they love. As someone fairly young in their professional career, this book has provided a wealth of knowledge on how to find a job that is not only personally fulfilling, but one that benefits society as a whole. Although it's a quick read, the questions asked and the lessons learned will surely stick with me throughout my professional career.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The stories bring to the surface everything I've always thought about but never have done. The rest of the book (especially the resources pages) push me to actually do it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As someone trying to figure out how to start out on the path of a meaningful career, I found "Work on Purpose" inspirational. The five people whose stories we follow are so easy to relate to, and yet have accomplished amazing things. I love that there are sections throughout the book for personal reflection, so that the reader is invited to trace their own journey through the same steps these leaders have taken to get to where they are now. It is also so encouraging to be reminded that this journey is usually a winding one, but that every experience can be valuable when we finally do end up syncing our heart and head.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a college student who is in the process of "finding myself," I have found this book to be THE MOST helpful read. The book tells the story of 5 of the fellows funded by the organization who published the book and follows them as they find and shape their career path. Often my generation is told that we shouldn't major in things like anthropology because we will never be able to make money doing so, but this book proves them all wrong. Whatever your skills and passions are, you can mix them in such a way that is not only successful but also life-fulfilling. Totally recommend it!! (Plus, it is a short, easy, yet captivating read!)
LindaKayKlein More than 1 year ago
I read an advanced copy of this book when I was in the midst of a career shift and found its framework for creating a meaningful career (Heart + Head = Hustle) incredibly useful in discerning my career path. So much so, in fact, that I have since begun working at the organization that produced the book--Echoing Green. I highly recommend Work on Purpose to others who want to create a career that is both good for them and the world at the same time.