Have you ever considered your work to be art?
Jeff Goins, in his latest book, The Art of Work, contends it is and makes a very good case to support that supposition.
This might be rather unconventional but…
I don’t think you should read The Art of Work IF…
- You’ve already discovered what you were meant to do and have already done it. If the Magnum Opus of your life has already been written and your legacy is secure there is probably not much to benefit you in this book. If your life and career is on track with no room for improvement God Bless You! According to most polls on the subject of job satisfaction you are in a minority.
- You don’t enjoy reading inspiring success stories about those who have found their calling and vocation in life.
- Ginny was at a crossroad in her young life. She was 23 years old and pregnant and being pushed toward an abortion by her boyfriend and her parents. If she chose to have the baby she would lose her boyfriend as well as the business opportunity he had offered to help her start. Her parents were going to kick her out of their house and disown her. Then she received a phone call that would change the trajectory of her life.
- Jody experienced the loss of her husband and two close friends and those experiences led her to start her own business that now helps others going through similar experiences.
- The rest of Ginny and Jody’s stories and many more are explored in The Art of Work.
- You believe your purpose in life or your calling will just appear one day with no effort on your part, then you obviously would be at odds with these quotes from the book.
However, if the scenarios above do not describe you OR if they do and you are still curious, keep reading.
A Few Reasons You Might Want To Pick Up A Copy of The Art of Work
- You are in a job doing work you don’t think matters and is not challenging, satisfying or fulfilling.
- You are in a job that is going well, everything is good, but you are just a lifetime learner who wants to see if there is something you might have missed or can do better.
- You have often thought of escaping the drudgery of your current job but have never acted on that thought.
- You know you are not doing what you were meant to do and want to discover how you can change that reality.
This book can help you to realize many things you might have overlooked on your journey so far. You may be much closer than you think to where you want to be. Once you make yourself more aware of where you are and what you have learned and accomplished so far, you will learn how to apply that knowledge and move forward. After all, part of the title of the book is, A Proven Path To Discovering What You Were Meant To Do.
Jeff researched hundreds of people who had found their calling and discovered seven characteristics common in each of their journeys. Each chapter describes these characteristics using at least one life story of someone who exemplifies that particular characteristic. These characteristics are not steps as much as they are stages that often overlap and continue as your journey continues. It was hard to just pull one quote to represent each characteristic but that is what I attempted to do here
Awareness – A calling is what you have when you look back at your life and make sense of what it’s been trying to teach you all along.
Apprenticeship – Apprenticeship, then, isn’t a class you take or a mentor you meet—its’ a choice you make.
Practice – Practice can teach you what you are and are not meant to do.
Discovery – A calling takes everything you’ve done up to a certain point and turns it into preparation.
Profession – Every calling is marked by a season of insignificance, a period when nothing seems to make sense.
Mastery – We are not what we do for our living, but our life is made up of what we do.
Legacy – Life has a funny way of teaching us that sometimes the most important stuff is the ordinary stuff.
Jeff concludes with, “The work is never done. Your calling is not a destination. It is a journey that doesn’t end until you die.”
How are you doing on your journey?
If you think there is more “out there” that you could or should be doing The Art of Work might just be the trigger you need to set your journey in motion.
As in any book review I publish here I believe there is someone out there reading this blog that will benefit from buying and reading the book being reviewed. A book can remind you of something you knew once but had forgotten, teach you something new you have never even considered, or just entertain you for a little while. I hope I have given you enough here to pique your interest in this one.
Enjoy YOUR journey!
Until next time…
Originally posted on Peculiar Perspective on 2/15/2015