Excerpt from Los Angeles Times: December 12, 1999 By Susan Vaughn.

Career Make-Over.

... For guidance, [Thronson] sought the advice of Manhattan-based counselor Judith Gerberg. “Basically, I'd like to do something for the greater good of others,” she told Gerberg. “But first,” Gerberg countered, “we should start with the greater good of you.” After querying Thronson about her work history, career dreams and cherished causes, Gerberg suggested that Thronson focus on three specific goals, each of which would satisfy an important inner need.

First, Thronson should find a challenging, likable day job.
She also should seek an outlet for creative self-expression.
Last, she should find a way to perform public service.

These goals could converge in one occupation, Gerberg said, but that's not necessary. More specifically, Gerberg and other career experts had these suggestions for Thronson: Find your tribe. Leaving a familiar work role is “a dangerous, cold, and very lonely walk off a cliff called Security,” Rubin notes. But remaining at an unchallenging job or in an oppressive work environment can have its own negative repercussions. “A person can become less competent, less capable of functioning,” said William Lundin, a clinical psychologist and managerial consultant who is the author of “When Smart People Work for Dumb Bosses” (McGraw-Hill, 1998).

The antidote is what Gerberg calls “finding your tribe.”

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