There is an organization called Echoing Green that I found, rather randomly, while researching my options for another graduate degree. Along with the fellowship program, which I hope to apply for once I get closer to that stage of my nonprofit development, they also give workshops and have a book called Work on Purpose by Lara Galinsky with Kelly Nuxoll. I used a gift card my dear cousin gave me as a graduation gift to get the book (thank you, Katie!) and promptly read it.
As I read the progression the individuals in the book went through to get to where they got to, I realized that I didn’t need the book the way I thought. Instead of showing me how to get where I wanted to go, it validated how I am getting to where I want to be.
As soon as I started mentioning a second graduate degree, people tried to warn me away. They have good reasons. Yet, this seemingly round-about path is providing me with exactly the foundation I will need to do what I want to do.
Business degree: Yep, that’ll be useful.
Written Communications degree: Yep, that one too.
And yes, the next degree will serve a different, but equally useful purpose.
Sometimes we go about our lives, not knowing what we’re working towards, because we’re not thinking big enough. God knows, though, because He’s a lot bigger than we are and He knows what we can really do.