The Art of Work

A Proven Path to Discovering What You Were Meant to Do

08 Your Magnum Opus

The Art of Work - Your Magnum Opus

Jeff discusses why our calling isn’t as much about ourselves as we thought it was.

Here’s Jeff Goins on the principle of Your Magnum Opus.

Show highlights

In this episode, Andy Traub and I discuss:

  • What a magnum opus is, and how yours influences your entire life
  • The tension of feeling as if you missed your calling
  • Why discovering your calling is a progression, not a single event
  • Looking upon your entire life as your calling
  • Why your calling isn’t only about you
  • What it takes to leave a legacy

Quotes and takeaways

  • “We are your symphony, Mr. Holland. We are the melodies and the notes of your opus. We are the music of your life.” – Gertrude Lang, from Mr. Holland’s Opus
  • Life is what happens when you’re waiting for other things
  • Don’t wait until the end of your life to understand your purpose
  • “A life isn’t significant except for its impact on other lives.” – Jackie Robinson
  • If your calling is only about you, then your greatest work dies with you
  • A calling is not just about what you do, but what you leave behind


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 our work will never be finished if we do not find our calling.

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