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The Four Purposes of Life

  • Sep 12, 2011
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Most of us tend to focus our energy in one or maybe two avenues. We see things in a very either/or way. Either we make family a priority or we build a successful career. Either we make money or we follow our calling. Balancing what we have is difficult enough so doing it all seems rather unrealistic.

The Four Purposes of Life tells us that not only is having it all possible but having a balance between all the parts of our lives is crucial. The book looks at the four purposes and is taught in stages or levels. For instance, in the first stage, we learn all the basics such as self- discipline, well-being, money, intuition, feeling, courage, love, knowing yourself, etc. From here, the other three purposes are more about finding your calling and providing service.

I'm thinking that the average person would be lucky to gain even a foundational understanding of half of the basics. Mastering these would probably take more than a single lifetime. I guess it's a journey not a destination.

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September 12, 2011
Another great review, thanks for sharing!
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“Once again, Dan Millman provides us with keys to a well-lived life. This is a lovely read, filled with meaningful insight.”
— Marianne Williamson, author of A Return to Love

“A wonderful book with extremely helpful practices for finding one’s authentic purpose. Highly recommended!”
— Ken Wilber, author of The Integral Vision

“Dan’s new book offers concise and practical guidance for living a meaningful life with a clear sense of purpose.”
— Deepak Chopra, author of The Soul of Leadership

“Leave it to Dan Millman to come up with a way of making purposeful decisions and helping us see deeply into the center of each moment...a graceful and wise book.”
— Elizabeth Lesser, cofounder of Omega Institute and author of Broken Open

“A refreshingly practical yet profound approach to living your sacred calling.”
— Peter Russell, author of From Science to God

“Dan Millman reminds us of the power of our essential humanity, how to touch it and use it to make this a better world.”
— Thom Hartmann, author of The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight

“This book skillfully delivers on its promise of bringing renewed meaning and purpose — for anyone seeking clear directions at one of life’s crossroads.”
— Ken Dychtwald, author of A New Purpose

“During one of the darkest periods of my life, Dan’s writing in Way of the Peaceful Warrior extended a hand to me and helped pull ...
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