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

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

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

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

by Jeff Goins


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The path to your life's work is difficult and risky, even scary, which is why few finish the journey. This book will help you discover your life’s work to live a life that matters with passion and purpose. It’s about the task you were born to do, your true life’s work.

Bestselling author and entrepreneur Jeff Goins explains how 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 you how to find their vocation and what to expect along the way.

In The Art of Work, you’ll learn:

  • The seven stages of calling to discover your life’s work
  • How accidental apprenticeships differ from mentoring and why taking action is key
  • How believing The Myth of the Leap can prevent you from achieving your dreams
  • To live The Portfolio Life and how it can lead to your greatest satisfaction and best work

Our hearts crave connection to a meaningful calling. The Art of Work illuminates the proven path for anyone who wants to embrace that calling and build a body of work they can be proud of.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780718022075
Publisher: HarperCollins Leadership
Publication date: 03/24/2015
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,050,642
Product dimensions: 5.55(w) x 8.35(h) x 0.85(d)

About the Author

Jeff Goins is a bestselling author, keynote speaker, and popular blogger with a reputation for challenging the status quo. In three years, Goins built a million-dollar business, published four books, and became an online marketing expert, using his skills in writing and business to help others succeed. He is the author of four books, including The Art of Work, which landed on the bestseller lists of USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly, and Washington Post. He lives with his family near Nashville, TN.

Table of Contents

Author's Note xi

Introduction: The Cancer That Couldn't Stop a Triathlete xv

Part 1 Preparation 1

1 Listening to Your Life: The Call to Something Old, Not New 3

2 Accidental Apprenticeships: The Teacher Appears When the Student Least Expects 31

3 Painful Practice: When Trying Isn't Good Enough 55

Part 2 Action 83

4 Building Bridges: The Leap That Wasn't a Leap 85

5 Pivot Points: Why Failure Is Your Friend 111

6 The Portfolio Life: A New Kind of Mastery 131

Part 3 Completion 155

7 Your Magnum Opus: What Legacy Looks Like 157

Conclusion: The Work Is Never Done 179

Acknowledgments 193

Appendix: Your First Steps Down the Path 195

Notes 203

About the Author 212

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