Eliot LeBow
Eliot LeBow
Hometown: New York City
Age: 40
Was: Graphic artist

Why I did it: "I found myself unhappy doing other people's work," LeBow recalls. "The pivotal moment was when I was working on an advertisement for cigarettes, and I said to myself, `What am I doing with my life?' I'd rather be helping people than hurting people."

How I did it: Quitting his job to go back to school was a hard decision, says LeBow. But his family was behind him.

"With their encouragement and support, I went to Fordham University for two years. Now I'm a licensed clinical social worker and recently just started my own practice."

Why I love it: "The work I do is 100 times more fulfilling. The job is 10 times harder than I thought it would be, but it's so rewarding. When you have a client come up to you and say, 'Thank you for saving my life,' there's nothing else like it."

Last updated October 11 2011: 5:07 PM ET
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