Jeff Goins is living the dream. He quit his day job to write and speak full time. Sure, I do part of that, but not as much as he does. And to top it off, he’s just a nice guy. I’ve never met him, but I follow him on Twitter. Tweets say a lot about a person. So do their books.
The Art of Work had great reviews from well-respected names in a variety of fields, so I looked forward to reading it. When you’re a writer, you read differently. You notice things like sentence structure, flow, and consistency. As a reviewer, you strive to be objective in order to deliver the most accurate review, but objectivity is compromised when the author is so dang likable.
I’ll start with what I liked about the book. The last chapter was, by far, the best. Goins displayed his passion for a life’s calling with strong enthusiasm and inspiration, relying primarily on his own experience and knowledge. I wish he had done more of that. While I appreciate that he referenced other people’s knowledge and stories, his strongest writing was when he would recount his own experiences.
Overall, the book is inspirational for anyone searching for a career path. The content may remind some readers of Donald Miller’s Storyline material mixed with a dash of Jon Acuff‘s Quiter. As many references as Goins used, I was very surprised to see no reference to Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers.
If you’re looking for a book with practical, step-by-step advice on how to find the job of your dreams, this isn’t it. If you’re looking for a book that inspires you to pursue your life’s calling, pick up The Art of Work. It’s worth the read.
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