Sherry A. Phillips

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The Art of Work

The Art of Work by Jeff Goins

The Art of Work by Jeff Goins is one of those books you will want to share with everyone you know.

This morning, I finished reading a book called, “The Art of Work – A Proven Path to Discovering What You Were Meant To Do” by Jeff Goins.

Just like with everything else in life, when I find something great, I like to share so that others can enjoy and benefit from it too. I originally downloaded this book on my Nook app for my tablet and when I was half-way through, I bought a hard copy to share with my family. I wanted my husband and my kids to read it. Right now, my husband is about a third of the way through and said, “I think I’m going to see if I can get this on audio. It’s really good!”

Yes, it IS that good!

That’s why I’m sharing it on my blog today. So, you may be asking, “What makes this book so great?” It’s hard to explain other than to say it helps give you a good perspective on life in general.

It’s not just a self-help or motivational book. If I could compare it to anything, it’s like someone who cannot see well and is groping around looking for the door and someone hands them a pair of glasses that helps them clearly see the door so they can walk through it.

I will give you an example. Looking back on my life, I can now see I was always a writer. The clues were always there, I just didn’t see them. It wasn’t until I was much older, I realized it was my calling.

Examples of clues during my life – Going all the way back to Kindergarten, I remember keeping about 5 or 6 kids on the playground mesmerized with my “ghost story” I made up about the scary looking shack behind a house next to the school. When my friends and I played pretend, I was the one who came up with the scenarios we would all act out (it was always very soap opera-ish and dramatic). In high school, I neglected to read a book for an oral book report that was due. When the teacher called my name, I made up a book on the spot, complete with protagonist, plot and review as well as a fictional author (I do not recommend doing this, but I did get an A on that report).

Because I loved movies and becoming other people, I grew up thinking I wanted to be an actress. Later, I went to school and received my BFA in acting. One semester I took directing and it was like an entirely different world. I loved it. In working with the actor, I was able to put him into a scenario which helped bring out a great performance. I did not realize I was being watched, but a graduate student approached after watching me work and said, “You’re really great at this!” I let that go and after graduation, I moved to Los Angeles to pursue my dream of acting.

Needless to say, there is a plethora of people wanting to work as actors in films and even when you do get a job, there is plenty of down time between filming. I used my down time to read books. I was reading a lot of books. Sometimes as many as 3 or 4 a week. My preference at the time was romance novels and I devoured them. It was during this time I made the fateful realization, “I could write better than this!”

That is the day it all began. I started writing. At first, all of my writing was done by hand in a notebook. Later, I bought a computer and continued to learn more about the craft of writing. I joined Romance Writers of America. I started reading a romance magazine called, “Romantic Times” and found they were going to have a conference for readers and writers. I went and was paired with a roommate who ultimately was responsible for me meeting my husband. That is another story for another time.

I was very close to getting published, then life happened. I met my future husband, got married, had children and writing was left behind. Now it’s back. I’ve rejoined RWA and I’m writing again. So far I’ve completed a Middle Grade Fiction book (which I hope becomes a series) and am writing a romantic trilogy (sort of in the vein of a Jackie Collins novel) and I am seriously considering taking one of my old manuscripts, dusting it off and submitting it for consideration.

I also have script ideas and would love to learn that craft as well.

Looking back, I was always meant to be a writer. The stories are inside me. They always have been. Characters talk to me and won’t leave me alone until their story is told. This book just clarified for me what I’ve always known.

If you have been struggling to find your purpose, your path, your true calling, I cannot recommend this book strongly enough.

Have a blessed day!

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