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Ostracized for being an independent thinker
Ostracized for being an independent thinker
Angela Palmier
Age: 39
Location: Smithson, Ill.
Position: Volunteer

The "office" was actually a non-profit association for massage therapy and I was a volunteer --- not even paid! You think of this kind, nurturing, loving, supportive environment. But when I would have ideas or suggestions, if they didn't fit the organizational culture, then I felt very ostracized.

There was one instance where I was working in a group and I disagreed with a decision, but they were so dedicated to staying inside of what they knew. I felt I had to resign from that group. It was an incredibly stressful time for me -- very unfulfilling and tons of disillusionment.

I was there 9 years. I just left in July. I started a consulting business with a fellow volunteer, and now we teach, train and consult non profit volunteers, leaders and adult educators.

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