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The Art of Work: A Proven Path to Discovering What You Were Meant to Do Paperback – March 24, 2015
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Jeff Goins, a brilliant new voice counting Seth Godin and Jon Acuff among his fans, explains how to abandon the status quo and live a life that matters with true passion and purpose.
The path to your life's work is difficult and risky, even scary, which is why few finish the journey. This is a book about discovering your life's work, that treasure of immeasurable worth we all long for. It's about the task you were born to do.
As Jeff Goins explains, the search begins with passion but does not end there. Only when our interests connect with the needs of the world do we begin living for a larger purpose. Those who experience this intersection experience something exceptional and enviable. Though it is rare, such a life is attainable by anyone brave enough to try.
Through personal experience, compelling case studies, and current research on the mysteries of motivation and talent, Jeff shows readers how to find their vocation and what to expect along the way.
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Finding your purpose is more of a path than a plan: it involves twists and turns that you never expected. Ultimately these surprises lead you to your destiny. And once you arrive at what you thought was the destination, you realize it’s only another leg in the journey. This book is a description of that path, as well as the steps it takes to navigate it. It’s the way of master craftsmen and artisans, a centuries-old road that requires both perseverance and dedication—the narrow path that few find. Discovering your calling, it turns out, isn’t so simple. If you’re feeling stuck in life, The Art of Work is the roadmap you need to discern, embrace, and master your calling to build a body of work you can be proud of.
Jeff Goins is a writer, speaker, and entrepreneur. He is the best-selling author of five books, including The Art of Work and Real Artists Don’t Starve. His award-winning blog Goinswriter.com is visited by millions of people every year, and his work has been featured in the Washington Post, USA Today, Entrepreneur, Forbes, Psychology Today, Business Insider, The Huffington Post, Time, and hundreds of other publications. Through his online courses, events, and coaching programs, he helps thousands of creatives succeed every year. Jeff lives just outside of Nashville, where he makes the world’s best guacamole.
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Steven Pressfield—best-selling author of The War of Art
“The Art of Work will make you think differently about what you do and how you do it. Jeff Goins is a fresh young voice in a field full of copycats. He challenges us to approach our work the way we would a canvas—both delicately and with furious discipline. People will be reading this book, and profiting from it, for a long time.”
Seth Godin—best-selling author of What to Do When It’s Your Turn
“This is one of the most honest, direct, and generous books about you and your life that you will read this year. It took guts to write and it will take guts to read. Leap.”
Michael Hyatt—New York Times best-selling author and former CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers
“Today, unlike any previous time in history, we have options about the work we do and the role it plays in our lives. But it is precisely here that so many of us get stuck. With so many choices, we struggle to figure out what we really want or where to start once we do. In The Art of Work, Jeff Goins provides a clear framework for discerning our calling, developing our mastery, and
maximizing our impact. This is the plan we’ve been waiting for—from a guide we can trust.”
Chris Brogan—New York Times best-selling author of The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth
“This is the real stuff. The Art of Work is a powerful dive into what matters, how to connect with that inside yourself, and then how to bring it out into the world in a useful way. This book will push some buttons you want pushed, and from there, it will guide you toward a new level. Dig in.”
"The Art of Work will make you think differently about what you do and how you do it. Jeff Goins is a fresh young voice in a field full of copycats. He challenges us to approach our work the way we would a canvas--both delicately and with furious discipline. People will be reading this book, and profiting from it, for a long time."
—Steven Pressfield, best-selling author of The War of Art
"Today, unlike any previous time in history, we have options about the work we do and the role it plays in our lives. But it is precisely here that so many of us get stuck. With so many choices, we struggle to figure out what we really want or where to start once we do. In The Art of Work, Jeff Goins provides a clear framework for discerning our calling, developing our mastery, and maximizing our impact. This is the plan we've been waiting for--from a guide we can trust."
—Michael Hyatt, New York Times best-selling author and former CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers
"I used to think hating your job was just a normal part of every adult's life--that is until I discovered I could build a job I actually loved. Thank goodness for Jeff and thank goodness for this book. Here's to not waiting one more day to find, build, and engage in work you love!"
—Allison Vesterfelt, author of Packing Light
"This is the real stuff. The Art of Work is a powerful dive into what matters, how to connect with that inside yourself, and then how to bring it out into the world in a useful way. This book will push some buttons you want pushed, and from there, it will guide you toward a new level. Dig in."
—Chris Brogan, New York Times best-selling author of The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth
"At times, The Art of Work felt like I was reading my diary. Jeff has such a knack for clearly articulating the thoughts we’ve all quietly wondered!”
—Jon Acuff, New York Times best- selling author of Do over and Start
“How would it feel to go to work each day because you wanted to—not because you had to? In The Art of Work, Jeff Goins shows you how. This is a real-life treasure map that can lead you to the life you were meant to live.”
—Chris Guillebeau, New York Times best-selling author of The Happiness of Pursuit and The $100 Startup
“Our hearts crave connection to a meaningful calling. The Art of Work shares the process for hearing that calling and then doing the work that feels like ‘slipping into an old pair of shoes.’ A must-read for anyone wanting to live a life that matters—fully alive.”
—Dan Miller, New York Times best-selling author of 48 Days To The Work You Love
“The Art of Work accomplishes the next to impossible, providing clear, relevant, useful guidance on finding your calling while being enormously enjoyable to read. It is required reading for anyone who is asking, ‘What should I do with my life?’”
—Pamela Slim, author of Body of Work
From the Author
When asked how I got to this point, I struggle to give an intelligent answer. The experience of finding your calling can be both mysterious and practical. It takes effort but also seems to happen to you at times. What I've come to understand is that finding your purpose is more of a path than a plan: it involves twists and turns that you never expected. Ultimately these surprises lead you to your destiny. And once you arrive at what you thought was the destination, you realize it's only another leg in the journey.
This book is a description of that path, as well as the steps it takes to navigate it.
Everyone, it seems, is searching for a purpose, for something to satisfy their deepest desires. I believe that "something" is a calling.
What is a calling? You will hear me use the word interchangeably with the terms vocation and life's work, but quite simply, it is the reason you were born.
When I began working on this project, I thought I knew what the process of pursuing a dream looked like, but what I found surprised me. Discovering your calling, it turns out, isn't quite so simple. The journey looks different for each person, but there are common themes that consistently emerge. If we look at those themes, we can identify a pattern that will help us understand our own vocations a little better.
What if what happened to me wasn't so rare? What if everyone has a calling? That was the question that sent me on my journey. The people whose stories appear in this book, many of whom I personally interviewed, are not extraordinary, in the sense that you've heard their stories before.
They are not typical case studies for success, and that was intentional. In these seemingly ordinary accounts, I think we understand our own stories, which often feel far too ordinary for our liking, a little better. Some readers might be disappointed with the subjectivity of such a book. But this is the way we live our lives--not as research projects and book reports--but as anecdotes and emotions. And in each experience, we find certain truths we might otherwise miss. My hope is these stories connect with you in ways that plain facts cannot, and in reading them, you too are changed.
The Art of Work was not the book I intended to write but ended up being the one I was supposed to write. A calling is like that too, I suppose. It is the thing that you never thought would be, the twist in the plot that makes everything else come together, and somehow in the end you cannot imagine otherwise.
Writing this book illuminated my own understanding of how purpose and vocation work together, and I hope it does the same for you.
- ASIN : 0718022076
- Publisher : HarperCollins Leadership (March 24, 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780718022075
- ISBN-13 : 978-0718022075
- Item Weight : 7.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.63 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #408,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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But you'd be wrong.
In The Art of Work, Jeff Goins manages to address people on both ends of this spectrum--and everyone in between. No matter where you are in the journey of your life, no matter what you do or what you want to do, you'll find wisdom and encouragement and even a little bit of hard truth about what it will take to get there. And what your responsibility is once you're there. This book won't tell you exactly how to be a writer or an engineer or a CEO. But it can lead you into a personal journey to live out whatever it is you are passionate about.
How will this book affect you? I can't say. Discovering your life's passions and then pursuing them is a uniquely personal journey, and you have to want it more than anyone else wants it for you. Do you?
No matter where you are in your life, no matter your profession, you need to read this book. You need to sit with it, and reflect on it, and ponder the things it has to tell you. Jeff Goins has a clear love for what he does, and a beautiful passion for wanting to help everyone else find that some kind of love in their own life.
I accidentally wandered into his Tribe Writers Course, began that, challenged like I didn't know I could be. Then his course Intentional Blog. Now his book the Art of Work, and the course he is challenging people to do.
His other books made me think in new ways. The Art of Work challenged me to KNOW I still have life and things to do. His description and application of the word "calling", is perhaps the clearest and best I've ever read.
I'm buying copies of this book to give as gifts. It is applicable for anyone who can read and think. The applications may be different with varied age groups... but this book is going to make us all think more deeply and have renewed purpose in our lives.
I've used the word "challenge" several times ... it fits. And this book I will read more than once. Thanks, Jeff, for writing it!
If you're looking for a step-by-step instructions or magic recipes how to find the job that will satisfy you - you won't find them in this book, but if you want to learn more about how to embark on the path that will make your existence more meaningful - you should definitely check this book.
To my surprise I found myself in possession of a well thought out, written and argued book
Jeff puts a new spin on the notion of finding your calling. There are many books on this topic on the market, but The Art of Work argues that a calling is not a single or static entity, but one that evolves through a life well spent.
Standing on the threshold of reaching the age of being “officially” old, I have spent much time pondering my calling, and whether I had missed it.
With Jeff’s help I realize that my life has panned out exactly the way it was meant to, and I am now ready to tackle the next big thing that is calling me.
Thank you, Jeff, for an intelligent, inspiring and inspired book!
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Jeff combines moving real-life stories with a fluff-free framework that encourage us to wake up and realise that a calling isn't something we just find, it's something we create. It's not an easy journey, it's rarely a clear journey, but it is available to all of us who are willing to see where the path ahead leads.
A great book for anyone who wants a deeper sense of meaning and purpose in their lives, and for people who are already doing "their" work and want guidance and a hefty dose of inspiration.