The Art of Work

A Proven Path to Discovering What You Were Meant to Do

04 Painful Practice

Art of Work Conversations Podcast Episode 04

Jeff discusses why pursuing and finding your calling doesn’t mean that the work will be easy.

Here’s Jeff Goins on the principle of Painful Practice.

Show highlights

In this episode, Andy Traub and I discuss:

  • Why finding and pursuing your calling isn’t easy.
  • How practice can help you figure out what you are and are not meant to do.
  • The type of practice it takes to become great at something.
  • What we can learn from two different rejected American Idols about pursuing our calling.
  • The difference between practice and the right kind of practice.

Quotes and takeaways

  • Pursuing your calling is not always easy. It will take work.
  • What it takes to become great at something is not just practice, but the right kind of practice.
  • All of life is a practice arena preparing you for your life’s work.
  • The pain of practice is not only worth the outcome, but the process.


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 finding your calling isn’t about taking a glorious leap, but about building bridges.

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