How I chose meaning over money
Posted by Christina Greenwood Barlow, Conservation careers
Thu January 31st at 12:00am 6 comments

I have loved animals since I was small and wanted to do something with my life to save them, but somehow I got swept up into a management job in a huge company. What I knew of saving animals then is what we all see from the outside – the khaki outfits, the sweaty, scientific expeditions through steamy jungles to find rare and new species. It’s hard to see a way in from outside, and jobs seem as rare some of those species. Though I’d developed some great skills and experience over years of hard work in my corporate job, I thought that surely I’d have to retrain and become a biologist or a vet. How would I make the move from corporate to conservation?

A magical trip to a tiger-filled jungle in Nepal showed me a glimpse of another life, and how could I go about changing my own. I took the chance to work on a project in Kenya and found out that my skills were not only valuable but also scarce in nature conservation. It was a great realisation, and I leapt. I leapt from the safety of my known world into a new field, into an unknown country, into the promise of adventure. Into zero salary but into 100% meaning. It was one of the scariest things I’d ever done, but I knew it was right. 

There were five of us and we started to create together: we built relationships, ideas, energy, and trust. We paved a path through an unchartered territory to find solutions, and to make it easier for others to join and come after us to grow and multiply our impact.

That I am still part of this amazing work five years later still amazes me; I mean, who’d have thought that I’d be helping to save animals as cool as tigers! I feel lucky yet I know that this was my choice. A simple choice really – money or meaning. Anyone can do it.  All it takes is that first leap.

Comments

Its really amazing that Christina is working for wild animals of our earth. It would be a great pleasure for me if I could get opportunity to work along with Wild Team.Its a devine job and Christina is doing the same. Wish her every success in this noble work.

Posted by Zaweed Sheul, Wed September 3rd at 08:17pm

nice to know that someone tried to move his type of job & was successful..thats grate . i am highly motivated. Let i should try harder to change job type. that may not be a job .a service. .from corporate to nature..

Posted by Dedar Ahmed Dedar, Sat September 21st at 02:06am

Dear Christina Greenwood Barlow, thank you very much for sharing your story and experience. Its a great inspiration for me. I am a Banker (in Bangladesh) but I love nature, want to work for conservation of nature. I hope that I would be able to leap like you. Pray for me.

Posted by Muminul Islam, Tue September 17th at 11:38pm

Very motivational and very much appreciated. Salutes.

Posted by Rezwanur Rakib Chowdhury, Mon September 16th at 09:38pm

Really, the story inspired me as well as shows the way of meaningful life over money. Salute to her choice.

Posted by FARUK RAHAMAN, Sun July 28th at 10:24am

It really makes me feel good that you choose meaning than money. I appreciate your feelings towards tiger conservation.simply it was a daunting task.In NKC I have found you as a resource person.I am a vet and I too have compassion for wild creatures.

Wish you all the best,Christina.

Posted by Sanjoy Bhattacherjee, Tue May 7th at 10:20pm

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