The Art of Work

A Proven Path to Discovering What You Were Meant to Do

02 Listening To Your Life

Art of Work Conversations Podcast Episode 02

In this conversation, Jeff discusses why doing work that has meaning for ourselves and the world around us is necessary to finding our calling.

Show highlights

In this episode, Andy Traub and I discuss:

  • Why I started The Art of Work with listening to your life.
  • How listening to your life can help inform your future.
  • Why we have a tendency to not make the time to listen to our life.
  • How listening to the pleasure and pain in our life creates clarity.
  • The source of true happiness.
  • Why switching jobs may not bring you fulfillment.
  • What will create significance and meaning in your life.

Quotes and takeaways

  • We discover our life’s work by looking backward, not forward.
  • Your past doesn’t dictate your future, but it can inform it.
  • Listening is a discipline we have to practice if we want to make sense of our life.
  • Trying to be happy is the worst way to be happy.
  • Happiness is a byproduct of living a life that matters
  • Happiness is what happens after you’ve done the work.
  • What makes a life significant is the choice to answer your calling.


If you want to move down the proven path to discovering what you were meant to do then we encourage you to pick up a copy of The Art of Work.

We hope you’ll join us in our next installment of The Art of Work Conversations where Jeff discusses why you need a team of mentors to find your calling and why finding them is easier than you think.

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