This is the third and final book recommendation in a series. If you missed the first two, you can get them here and here.

After finishing my master’s degree in industrial and organizational psychology, I was more interested in all things work, purpose and calling than ever.

So, I started reading everything I could find but, with every boring and/or difficult book I read on these topics, I became more frustrated that I couldn’t find one that a normal person would enjoy.

That is… until I read The Art of Work by Jeff Goins.

In case you just want the highlights, I’ve pulled out the best truth bombs and added some commentary for you.


Most of us have some sneaking suspicion that there must be more to life than this. {Jeff Goins}


When I left my corporate job, I was so tired of the grind… commuting to work, sitting in meetings, responding to instant messages, replying to emails and commuting home.

If this sounds familiar, you’ve probably found yourself wondering whether there is more to life than this.

And I can say with a resounding yes that there is more to life than being stuck and bored at work.

A different life is possible if you have the courage to start looking for it.


The process of finding and claiming your calling is a journey, one that requires you to leave what you know in search of what you don’t know. {Jeff Goins}


When it comes to having a calling, I’ve spent much of my career skeptical at best.

But the more I study work, and the purpose it serves in our lives, the more I’m convinced that we each have a calling.

And it really doesn’t matter what stage of life you’re in… whether you’re just starting your career, already retired or somewhere in between… you have a calling.

Because, doing work that we are called to do is part of what gives our lives purpose and meaning.

It's what allows us to feel as if we are contributing something. And without contribution, we tend to be unfulfilled because our lives become rather meaningless.


A calling is more than a career; it’s the purpose and direction of your life. Which means that it doesn’t apply to what you do; it’s who you are. {Jeff Goins}


When we shift our thinking about having a calling from what we do to who we are, it changes everything.

All of a sudden, it becomes more realistic that there might be one out there for us.

When you’re doubting yourself, not sure what direction to go… just remember this:


Committing to the wrong thing is better than standing still. {Jeff Goins}


Yep! You heard that right. Doing something is better than nothing.

And it might just be time to pick a small thing to do differently and see what happens.


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