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Author : Jeff Goins

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About Author : Before Talking About the Book ” The Art of Work Summary ” Let Discuss Author First : Jeff Goins is a full-time writer who lives just outside of Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife, son, and border collie. He has authored three other books: The In-Between, Wrecked, and You Are a Writer . 

His website,, has been visited by more than four million people from all over the world.

 The Art of Work Book Summary

A calling is not some carefully crafted plan. It’ s what’ s left when the plan goes horribly wrong.

We can’t control what life throws our way, but we can control how we react to it.

Before I can tell my life what I want to do with it, I must listen to my life telling me who I am. —PARKER PALMER

You don ’t “just know ” what your calling is. You must listen for clues along the way, discovering what your life can tell you. Awareness comes with practice.

Before you know what your calling is, you must believe you are called to something.

If you pay attention to your life and the lessons it can teach you, you won’t feel so lost.

Every single thing that has ever happened in your life is preparing you for a moment that is yet to come. 

You cannot find your calling on your own. It’ s a process that involves a team of mentors. And everywhere you look, help is available.

Every place you go, every person you meet, every job you have is a chance to gain greater clarity in your selfeducation. Life is the classroom, and if you are paying attention, you can recognize the daily lessons available.

Always do more than is required of you.

Your calling is not always easy. It will take work. Practice can teach you what you are and are not meant to do.

Success is a process of persevering through difficulties, but it’s also about knowing yourself. 

Climate is what we expect. Weather is what we get. 

Discovering your calling is not an epiphany but a series of intentional decisions. It looks less like a giant leap and more like building a bridge.

When you start pursuing your calling, you may find it to be more difficult than you thought it would be. And that’s okay. It means the journey is bigger than you expected.

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no point in being a damn fool about it.

It will take a few tries before you get your calling right. Failure isn ’t what prevents us from success, then. It’ s what leads us there.

You must be willing to recognize hardship as an opportunity to learn, willing yourself to push through failure.

Your life’s work is not a single event, but a process you are constantly perfecting, finding new ways to put your passion to work.

Stop talking and start doing. Don’t dream of being a writer—begin writing. Don’t dream of being an activist—go start something. Don’t dream of being an entrepreneur—launch something.

The future belongs to those who learn more skills and combine them in creative ways. —ROBERT GREENE

Your calling is not just one thing; it’ s a few things. The trick is to not be a jack-of-all-trades but to become a master of some.

“Success isn’t about money. It’s about setting a goal—and then achieving it.”

“The habit of thinking about work as something one does to make money is so ingrained in us,”

A life isn’t significant except for its impact on other lives.

Your calling is not a job. It is your entire life.

You must become your calling, a choice that happens only if you make it.

Life is not a support system for your work; your work is a support system for your life.

Your calling is not a destination. It is a journey that doesn ’t end until you die. 

Every story of success is a story of community. Although mentors are hard to come by, accidental apprenticeships are everywhere. Your life is preparing you for what’s to come.

Real practice hurts. It takes not only time but intentional effort. But some things do come naturally. Be open to learning new skills, and watch for sparks of inspiration to guide you.

Don’t take the leap; build a bridge. You never “just know” what you’re supposed to do with your life. Discovery happens in stages.

Failure is your best friend. Don’t push through obstacles; pivot around them. Let every mistake and rejection teach you something.

A calling is not just one thing. It’s a few things, a portfolio that isn’t just your job but the life you live.

Your calling is not just what you do; it’s the person you become—and the legacy you leave. 

You find your calling not just by looking forward to what you will do but also by looking back at what you’ve done.

You are not just waiting on your calling; your calling is waiting on you.

There must be something bigger than what you do that guides you through the choices you make, the risks you take, and the opportunities you pursue.

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