The Four Purposes of Life: Finding Meaning and Direction in a Changing World

The Four Purposes of Life: Finding Meaning and Direction in a Changing World

by Dan Millman
     
 

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For many of us, life seems like a puzzle with pieces missing. We form plans and then change them; we choose one path, then another, trying to find the right mate and career, hoping we’ve made the right decision and that it will all work out. At some point, we may even ask the important questions: What is the purpose of my life? How shall I spend it?

Overview

For many of us, life seems like a puzzle with pieces missing. We form plans and then change them; we choose one path, then another, trying to find the right mate and career, hoping we’ve made the right decision and that it will all work out. At some point, we may even ask the important questions: What is the purpose of my life? How shall I spend it?

This book provides some answers to finally bring your life into sharper focus. First, we have to understand that we are here to fulfill not one but four fundamental purposes:

  1. Learning Life’s Lessons
  2. Finding Your Career and Calling
  3. Fulfilling Your Hidden Life Path
  4. Attending to This Arising Moment
The Four Purposes of Life was born from Dan Millman’s decades-long search to make sense of life. He distills decades of experience into a concise map of the journey — the full scope of what we’re each here to accomplish here on planet Earth.

You will learn:

  • the higher purpose of daily life
  • twelve required lessons in the school of life
  • how to make better decisions in career and relationships
  • a mysterious system to clarifying your hidden calling
  • keys to mastering the most important purpose of all
Prepare for a quantum leap in self-knowledge, insight, and wisdom to light your way, expand your awareness, and improve the quality of your life. The seeds planted by this remarkable book will bear fruit for years to come.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Millman, author of Way of the Peaceful Warrior, shares more of the ideas that are central to his way of life—and well being—in the hopes of leading others onto their true path. Millman's system ("Life-Purposes") is simple: self-examination; goal-making; decision-making; finding a passion; and conscious living. Relying on the words of philosophers both current and historical (Oprah and Kierkegaard both appear), the author finds a new twist for this addition to the genre he knows so well. The "School of Life" he argues, has only 12 subjects, among them self-worth, courage, sexuality, and service. He shares ways to earn a "Pass" grade from that great campus called Earth. Finding a calling is a more profound challenge than advancing career or finding "satisfying" work, and Millman doesn't make this distinction often enough. One purpose finds the author re-imagining the western horoscope; birth numbers can help us reach our life's purpose, he argues somewhat unpersuasively. And finally, despite all the talk of the subconscious mind and mental time leaps, Millman arrives at this chestnut: live in the moment. (Apr.)
From the Publisher

“Keys to a well-lived life. A lovely read filled with meaningful insight.”
— Marianne Williamson

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781932073492
Publisher:
Kramer, H. J., Inc.
Publication date:
04/01/2011
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
609,835
Product dimensions:
5.08(w) x 7.52(h) x 0.59(d)

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Meet the Author


Dan Millman, the author of 17 books translated into 29 languages, teaches worldwide, speaking to people from all walks of life, including leaders in the fields of health, psychology, education, business, politics, sports, entertainments, and the arts. He lives in New York City.

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