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About The Book

Abandon the status quo and live a life that matters.

The path to your life's work is both difficult and mysterious, which is why few finish the journey. The Art of Work is about discovering your true calling—that thing you were born to do.

As Jeff Goins explains, the search begins with passion but does not end there. Only when our interests connect with the needs of the world do we begin living for a larger purpose. Those who experience this intersection experience something exceptional and enviable.

Though it is rare, such a life is attainable by anyone brave enough to try.

Through personal experience, compelling stories, and current research on the mysteries of motivation and talent, Jeff shows readers how to find their vocation and what to expect along the way.

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About The Author

Jeff Goins

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, Goinswriter.com, has been visited by more than four million people from all over the world. He humbly considers himself the world's foremost expert on guacamole.

Bestseller Lists


Steven Pressfield

“The Art of Work will make you think differently about what you do and how you do it. Jeff Goins is a fresh young voice in a field full of copycats. He challenges us to approach our work the way we would a canvas—both delicately and with furious discipline. People will be reading this book, and profiting from it, for a long time.”

Steven Pressfield,
best-selling author of The War of Art
Seth Godin

“This is one of the most honest, direct, and generous books about you and your life that you will read this year. It took guts to write and it will take guts to read. Leap.”

Seth Godin,
best-selling author of What to Do When It's Your Turn
Michael Hyatt

“Today, unlike any previous time in history, we have options about the work we do and the role it plays in our lives. But it is precisely here that so many of us get stuck. With so many choices, we struggle to figure out what we really want or where to start once we do. In The Art of Work, Jeff Goins provides a clear framework for discerning our calling, developing our mastery, and maximizing our impact. This is the plan we’ve been waiting for—from a guide we can trust.”

Michael Hyatt,
New York Times best-selling author and former CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers
Chris Brogan

“This is the real stuff. The Art of Work is a powerful dive into what matters, how to connect with that inside yourself, and then how to bring it out into the world in a useful way. This book will push some buttons you want pushed, and from there, it will guide you toward a new level. Dig in.”

Chris Brogan,
New York Times best-selling author of The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth
Jon Acuff

“'Every story of success is, in fact, a story of community.' Lines like that and the powerful truth behind them are why I'm such a big fan of the books Jeff Goins writes. At times, The Art of Work felt like I was reading my diary. Jeff has such a knack for clearly articulating the thoughts we've all quietly wondered!”

Jon Acuff,
New York Times best-selling author of Do Over and Start
Chris Guillebeau

“How would it feel to go to work each day because you wanted to—not because you had to? In The Art of Work, Jeff Goins shows you how. This is a real-life treasure map that can lead you to the life you were meant to live.”

Chris Guillebeau,
NYT bestselling author of The Happiness of Pursuit and The $100 Startup
Chris Ducker

“Jeff Goins takes away the mystery of discovering and mastering your true calling, all with a healthy slice of reality thrown in. Thoroughly life inspiring.”

Chris Ducker,
author of Virtual Freedom
Allison Vestefelt

“I used to think hating your job was just a normal part of every adult's life—that is until I discovered I could build a job I actually loved. Thank goodness for Jeff and thank goodness for this book. Here's to not waiting one more day to find, build, and engage in work you love!”

Allison Fallon,
author of Packing Light and founder of yourwritingvoice.com
Carrie Wilkerson

“If there were just one chapter I could recommend to my colleagues and clients from this book, it would be The Portfolio Life. Just this! I won't spoil it, but I will say it gave me a permission to be and embrace what I suspected about myself (and apologized for) for my entire life! I'm living a portfolio life, and you can't make me go back to conventional wisdom. Thanks, Jeff— this book is a must-read for the creative spirit, the restless soul, and the lifelong learner anxious to make things happen!”

Carrie Wilkerson,
author of The Barefoot Executive, carriewilkerson.com
Dan Miller

“Our hearts crave connection to a meaningful calling. The Art of Work shares the process for hearing that calling and then doing the work that feels like ‘slipping into an old pair of shoes.’ A must-read for anyone wanting to live a life that matters—fully alive.”

Dan Miller,
New York Times best-selling author of 48 Days to the Work You Love
Pamela Slim

“The Art of Work accomplishes the next to impossible, providing clear, relevant, useful guidance on finding your calling while being enormously enjoyable to read. It is required reading for anyone who is asking, 'What should I do with my life?'”

Pamela Slim,
author of Body of Work


For press inquiries regarding The Art of Work please contact
Emily Lineberger at emily.lineberger@harpercollins.com