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Melissa Everett

  • Finding your work in the world is like finding your soul mate: open-ended, full of possibility, and therefore terrifying. The world is so complex and fluid that it's rarely possible to map out more than the crudest approximation of the path you need to follow. But each muddling movement along the path gives you new information about who you are, what you need, and what is required to meet those needs — if only you keep paying attention. The ability to find wisdom in moment-to-moment reality, and to function with both adaptability and integrity, may be the ultimate career survival skill for the '90s and beyond.

  • In work, as in love, you need a proper mixture of romance and realism to get you through. Most of us err on the side of so-called realism. We keep our heads down and our options open and our résumés so very sedate. But consider the benefits of erring on the romantic side, the side that's concerned not with adapting to the old but with imagining and building the new.

  • The ability to make a living and a difference is not a luxury. It's the essence of a dignified life ...

Melissa Everett, U.S. writer, environmental activist