Book Suggestion “The Art of Work”
“The Art of Work” by Jeff Goins is my new go to book for helping people discover their next steps in life and work. Even if you’re not wondering about your next steps right now, I still recommend you read this book. After all, everyone is just a breath away from the unexpected need to reevaluate their life and future. So do the work before the need arises; read this book.
In my time as a pastor I’ve met with many people who struggle with issues around their purpose. Everyone struggles with identifying why they were created and what they were meant to do. It really helps to have someone come alongside us to help in this process of identifying our purpose; a fresh set of eyes can help us discern our calling.
The term “calling’ is most often used in communities of faith. And it’s probably the most appropriate word. However, I think we make a mistake when understand ‘calling’ only in terms of religious vocation. I think everyone has a calling; not just pastors and missionaries. Everyone. This is where Goin’s book is particularly useful.
Whether you are struggling to decide your next career move, or to decide on your first career choice, “The Art of Work” can really help you in your process of choosing your next right step in life and work.
Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the book:
“Comfort never leads to excellence.”
“The only way to know the difference between a hobby and a calling is to put yourself through the crucible of painful practice.”
“Every calling is marked by a season of insignificance, a period when nothing seems to make sense. This is a time of wandering in the wilderness, when you feel alone and misunderstood. To the outsider, such a time looks like failure, as if you are grasping at air or simply wasting time. But the reality is this is the most important experience a person can have if they make the most of it.”
“Calling is a conduit for life, allowing us to bring our skills and passions together in a satisfying, meaningful way.”
“A calling isn’t something new and shiny. Often it’s something old and predictable, a familiar face that’s easily taken for granted, an old habit or hobby that comes back into our lives. It’s our true self, shared with the world. But sometimes it takes a wake-up call for us to see that this work that we’re doing is more significant than we realize.”
There are so many more quotes that I would like share! But you should really buy the book for yourself and read it. It’s a powerful book and true gift for anyone looking for their purpose and calling. You can click the image above or the link below to get the book!