The Art of Work: A Proven Path to Discovering What You Were Meant to Do

Goins, Jeff . The Art of Work: A Proven Path to Discovering What You Were Meant to Do. Nashville: Nelson Books, 2015.

Many know they are meant to be and do more than their current occupation. The problem is figuring out what one’s particular calling is. For some strange reason, no letter or package has arrived on the doorstep announcing their life’s passion. In his thought provoking new book, The Art of Work: A Proven Path to Discovering What You Were Meant to Do, Jeff Goins delivers the surprising news that we already know who we are meant to be. The real challenge is having the “desire and willingness to begin.” (16)

In a little over 200 pages, Goins describes the seven stages of a calling which once begun continue as a life-long journey. Through the sharing of stories about ordinary people, Goins introduces the readers to each stage and shows how a courage to act in faith can overcome the fear of failure. The Art of Work is easily read and provides helpful exercises, augmented by web resources, to assist the reader with taking the first steps down the path of self-discovery. Additionally, Goins expertly utilizes end notes to introduce the reader to other authors for further self-study efforts.

The Art of Work is highly recommended for anyone who is serious about doing and not just dreaming. The seven stages describe a process by which the reader is shown how to discover who they are, how to make the best of what happens to them in life, and how to leave a legacy for others. For when death comes, success is defined in what one has left behind.

© Copyright 2015 by Yvonne R. Roberts

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