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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 listeners how to find their vocations and what to expect along the way.

©2015 Jeff Goins (P)2015 Jeff Goins

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Excellent and Genuine Article.Practical & Helpful.

Excellent and Genuine Article.Practical, helpful and very good book. I would recommend this to everyone.

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  • M.R.
  • 19-05-15

Inspiring!

This is the second audiobook I have listened to by Jeff Goins. The first was "You Are A Writer." Although this sounds overly dramatic, both books have transformed my life. The author's positive encouraging tone and words have served as much needed inspiration to truly live my life. The first book gave me the courage to start writing instead of simply dreaming of writing. This book, "The Art of Work," has taught me a fresh way to view my life in its totality. Previously I thought of my life in a compartmentalized manner. In each separate little box in which I had stuffed my job, my writing hobby, my child-rearing, my chores, etc. I was facing burnout to varying degrees. A lot of it was downright drudgery. Through Jeff Goins' description of living a "portfolio life" I know see each portion as part of a larger vision and purpose. And keeping that newfound sense of purpose has infused meaning into even the most mundane tasks. I can't thank the author enough for giving me an unexpected life transformation! I highly encourage this book to everyone at a praxis in his or her life.

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  • Ann
  • 29-04-15

Enlightening

This book gave me clarity on what a calling is and what it's not. The book also inspired me to go after my own calling.

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  • Adil
  • 03-07-16

Inspirational, practical

This book is a gem. It came to me at the right time in my life and nudged me gently, but clearly, forward from where I am to where I thought, but probably feared, I need and want to be.
It's well written, well narrated and leaves a mark on my life: it's 'the shoe that makes it easier for me to pivot...'

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  • Solome
  • 01-01-18

Just platitudes

I had really high hopes for this book, given the reviews. I never give poor ratings, but this was a disappointment. The book was filled with very short case studies followed up by the most popular cliches as their punchline: “do good, not just well,” and obvious statements, “we want to find our identity in our work and become who we are.” Oh really? Well yeah, that’s why I bought the book! HOW! What he didn’t do is offer any real meaningful advice for how to get there or identify how we should find the path we were meant to take. Basic advice like “find a mentor” is not worth the credit.

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  • Kathleen Vaught
  • 25-07-16

Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

This is one of those books I am glad I own instead of borrowed from my library. I am sure I will listen to Jeff Goins more than a few times as I follow my life's path in my calling. This one and "You Are a Writer," for that is what I am, are now vital tools in my toolbox if a brain. Thanks, Jeff. I look forward to the day when you read and/or listen to my writing, too. Peace, Kathleen

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  • A. Yoshida
  • 24-09-16

Be true to yourself

This is a down-to-earth book about doing meaningful work. It's not a motivational book aimed at inspiring people to dream big, take actions, and become incredibly successful. It's about listening to your inner voice and taking the steps to do something more meaningful. The author provides stories of normal, relatable people who decided to follow their calling. They hit bumps along the road. They doubt themselves. They change their minds. But inevitable when they decide to be true to themselves, they find the satisfaction and meaning that they have so long sought.

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  • Yumi Wilson
  • 04-10-15

Excellent book!

I loved the book so much that after listening the audio version, I had to buy the paperback version as well. lots of tips to highlight and mark and reference to over and over again. highly recommended!

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  • Grimleyed
  • 04-01-17

Well researched and directional

This book may not tell you what your calling is, but it gives some great food for thought.

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  • Shawn
  • 09-11-16

Not much more than common sense

What disappointed you about The Art of Work?

After going through the book nothing more than a common sense of doing anything not just work. Wished it was based on more research rather than short stories.

What could Jeff Goins have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Waiting for a calling is good, but how to act on doesn't much difference from any real life situation and decisions.

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  • The Kharels
  • 12-09-16

a little loose with metaphors and examples

overall this book provides inspiration and some core points to reflect upon and possibly use for course correction when out on the ocean of self-discovery.

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