There’s certainly lots of reasons not to work in conservation. You’re unlikely to get rich or find job security. Your career might feel like elaborate environmental triage. People might think you’re a bit nutty. In the end, you’ll probably fail (but are unlikely ever to admit it).
Nevertheless it’s a wonderful thing to do and an amazingly motivated community of people to be part of. It makes me excited for Monday mornings. It makes me feel like I have something to do with my life, rather than just doing life – and there are occasional success stories. Here’s a few mantras that I’ve picked up or been sent by friends. They vary in corny-ness, but invariably manage to hit the nail on the head.