• The Art of Work

  • By: Jeff Goins
  • Narrated by: Jeff Goins
  • Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (533 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Fair content, depressing undertones

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Leave out the personal and family matters, stick to the inspiration parts - there was an undertone of what I felt was the author coming to terms with leveraging his work/carreer against his personal and family issues in his own life. This felt stilted and/or untrue in a way, as if prompted by fears of losing his wife and/or comfort and family stability. This manifests as a biased/slanted attitude toward self sacrifice and normalcy to me. To put it a different way, there seems to be an emphasis on promoting a certain kind of restraint of personal ambition and drive. Hope that helps.

Would you recommend The Art of Work to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes, although I would warn them that it is quite depressing at times.

The examples given are not the most inspiring - if you are expecting an inspiring/positive read, look elsewhere - if you are looking for what is more realistic (and at times depressing) this book contains what I would guess are more accurate examples of various successes and failures...

Would you be willing to try another one of Jeff Goins’s performances?

Sorry if this sounds mean, but the voice of the narrator (who also happens to be the author) cracks in a distracting pubescent sort of way - quite often. I have to be honest that it takes away from the book...I am very surprised that no one has mentioned this. On a lighter note, his enthusiasm is slightly redeeming.

Was The Art of Work worth the listening time?

Yes - the content was intriguing enough to keep my attention despite the performance.

Any additional comments?

No.

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Death and more death

I couldn’t get past the first chapter and opening of the book as all it did was talk about death and sarrow and really is in my opinion irrelevant for what the title and book is about. I couldn’t relate at all to this. If death and near deaths stories of winning and losing life with regret is a way to look at life as an art of work, I’ll pass.

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Non-original thougts, cliché and shallow

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The book lacks original, concise and meaningful ideas. Just another mash of "success" psudo-literature, dressed as a new one.

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Fluff, written by a whole bunch of his buddies

What disappointed you about The Art of Work?

I was in an art club and some of the authors friends advised people of the cheap price and I decided to purchase and check it out. The entire book is about someone else's life. He doesn't give you any kind of definition about anything, he just ends a story about one persons life and moves on to the next. I was underwhelmed and found this book boring. Also, the title is closely to Steven Pressfields own book The War of Art. Save yourself time and effort. And chapter one doesn't even start to chapter four, it's jus a lot of babble until then. Definitely requesting a refund.

Would you ever listen to anything by Jeff Goins again?

Probably not

What three words best describe Jeff Goins’s voice?

It was ok, a little fast and he didn't have emotion.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment, this is a fluff book

Any additional comments?

This book is not good and I read books all the time

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  • Mr Amara Sesay
  • 07-02-18

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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  • Rebecca Hallam
  • 03-15-16

One of the best.

I loved this from start to finish it had me inspired. Great read! I finished it in 5 days with a two day conference and 2 full days of work thrown in.

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  • Yan
  • 01-03-17

Honest and engaging. not your standard 'How to'

Author has succeeded in drawing out key insights from inspiring yet realistic stories that are empathetic to those on this mysterious, confounding, often frustrating path to discover one's calling. A refreshing take on this subject matter. thanks

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  • Sayth Renshaw
  • 12-02-20

honest simplicity

thoughtful, honest the book is a collection of thoughtful insights. Opening up new paths for consideration as well as appreciation for the path and the contributions already made.

well with a read.