The Art of Work: A Proven Path to Discovering What You Were Meant to Do, a bestseller by blogger Jeff Goins, was my favorite read of the year.
As a career coach, I’ve read dozens of books on finding your purpose, so I expected to do little more than skim this one when I first picked it up. But The Art of Work caught me off-guard. With his masterful writing, captivating stories about everyday people and insightful observations, Goins held my attention from the first page to the last.
When it comes to career reinvention, too many people expect easy answers and neat formulas. But in practice, finding your purpose is more of a path than a plan — a messy, unpredictable and winding journey. Serendipity happens, but most of the time it takes hard work. And inevitably, once you “reach” your destiny, life throws a curveball that sends you out searching again.
Goins reminds you to seek help along the journey. In his chapter on Accidental Apprenticeships he writes, “Every place you go, every person you meet, every job you have is a chance to gain greater clarity in your self-education.”
The stories in this book are a testament to the powerful role that communities and mentors play in shaping our dreams.
“The Art of Work was not the book I intended to write but ended up being the one I was supposed to write,” Goins says. “A calling is like that too, I suppose. It is the thing that you never thought would be, the twist in the plot that makes everything else come together, and somehow in the end you cannot imagine otherwise.”
I couldn't agree more. Fortunately, no matter where you are along your career or life journey, this book will make you think differently about who you are, the options you have and what you choose to do about them.