I finished The Art of Work and wanted to share my review with you! I have been a fan of Jeff Goins ever since Whitney English introduced him in one of her business classes. Actually, I have this book because Whitney was giving them away! The general idea of The Art of Work is about finding what you were meant to do with your life, but I got much more out of it than that.
The first part of the book addressed finding your calling. Personally, I feel like I have a firm grasp on this (maybe, I shouldn’t say that), but it’s definitely valuable for people who aren’t sure what they want to do with their lives. Jeff talks about listening to your life and keeping your eyes open for opportunities that you’re passionate about. He talks about allowing people to mentor us and guide us into unofficial apprenticeships that shape our futures.
My favorite part of The Art of Work, and the one that had the biggest impact on me, was when Jeff introduced the subjects of “pivoting” and the “portfolio life.”
-Pivoting: When you fail, you can either stop altogether (not a good choice) or you can pivot in another direction. Usually, failure just points us to something different and better if we learn to change paths instead of quitting altogether.
-Portfolio life: This quote from the book sums it up pretty well: “At some point, you must come to grips with the fact that you will do many different things in life. Jobs will come and go, and careers won’t last as long as you think they should. But in all those experiences, you will be growing. Every new experience contributes to the portfolio.”
Jeff ends the book by highlighting the importance of viewing each facet of life as your calling, not just your career. If we fail to value our roles as family members, friends, and contributors to our community because we’re too busy working, we’re doing it wrong. Our work is only one part of the whole of our lives, and finding that is mastering the art of work.
Have you read it? Share YOUR review in the comments!