“I coulda been a contender!”
Maybe you were, or are, a contender. You had a successful academic career and have held jobs or practiced professions that others admire or envy. People sometimes call you “brilliant.” All of this isn’t enough. You want to change the world — or at least YOUR world. You may be motivated by altruism, by righteous indignation, or by intellectual curiosity; traditional rewards leave you cold.
If you are called to act as a catalyst for change in your community, your workplace, or on a larger scale, join the club.