The Art of Work, by Jeff Goins


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.

Even though Jeff specifically said that this wasn’t a ‘guru book,’ I think I still expected it to be. Jeff has always written in an affirming nature: ‘everyone has a story to tell,’ and Art of Work is no different. It focuses on figuring out the path to discover your calling, interspersed with stories of people finding their calling. I’m enjoying it thus far.

This book is equal parts inspirational, self-help, and a regaling of people who exemplify what Jeff coins a “portfolio life.” This read in more relaxed and perhaps introspective. Unlike other books out there, there is no end goal, other than perhaps a hearty, “I can do this too.”

I firmly believe that if someone hasn’t found their calling, this may be just the book to give them the proverbial “kick in the pants’.” So, if you’re looking for a ‘guru’ or ‘how-to’ book, you should look elsewhere. If you want an inspirational book about discovering your path, then Art of Work is for you.


Originally from Chicago, Jeff moved to Nashville after graduating from college and spending a year traveling with CTI Music Ministries. In college, he studied Spanish and Religion. He spent part of his Junior year in Spain, which unlocked a passion for missions, travel, and other cultures. After a long year of letter-writing and long-distance phone calls, Jeff moved to Tennessee to “see about a girl.” In 2008, he married her. Jeff lives with his wife Ashley and their dog Lyric and has been working from home for a nonprofit called Adventures in Missions since 2006. He has written and guest-blogged for a number of publications and blogs. Jeff also helps organizations with their marketing, communications, and creativity.


About Mark Gardner

Mark Gardner lives in northern Arizona with his wife, three children and a pair of spoiled dogs. Mark holds a degrees in Computer Systems and Applications and Applied Human Behavior. View all posts by Mark Gardner

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