“I’d like to leave some sort of mark in my field.”
“What’s your field?”
“I’m the data manager in the museum bird department. I started in the fish department, then moved to reptiles and amphibians, then just sort of fell into birds.”
“What sort of mark do you hope to leave in the bird data world?”
“Well, in a perfect world, we’d conserve all the lands that needed to be conserved. But as things are, you have to be able to make a really strong argument about what areas are crucial to certain species. I can help the people making those arguments by organizing bird data from the museum’s collection and making it easily accessible to researchers.”
That moment in life when your (awesome) former co-worker ends up on Humans of New York, and makes a succinct, perfectly-worded statement on purpose and importance in this field.
Way to absolutely rock it, Tom!