How to Do the Right Thing
Astrid Baumgardner should have loved her job: she was a partner at a law firm in New York and brought in a hefty salary. Her husband, a securities lawyer, woke up each day excited to head to the office. But she couldn’t muster the enthusiasm she saw in her husband-the position didn’t fulfill her need to help people or give her a sense of purpose.
So, in 2000, after 24 years in law, she left the profession, sacrificing prestige for passion. After a series of positions in different fields, she earned her certificate as a life coach in 2008 and promptly started her own business. Today, as a lecturer and co-ordinator of career strategies at the Yale University School of Music (a position she’s held since 2011-and loves), Baumgardner helps students make decisions as tough as her own.