I first interviewed Dan Millman over three years ago when I started Inside Personal Growth. As a matter of fact when my son Sean and I were in the Bay area we had the opportunity to meet Dan, and it was quite a treat.
His new book entitled ” The Four Purposes of Life” sets out to help the reader find meaning and direction in our ever changing world. Dan states in the introduction ” With the pace of life accelerating, in a world of change, it’s not easy to maintain our balance and sense of direction. Yet we strive to do so, because a sense of direction, toward a meaningful goal, may be a better part of happiness.
The Four Purposes Of Life as Dan state are–learning life’s lessons, finding your career and calling, discovering your life path, and attending to this arising moment. We are reminded that “lessons repeat themselves until we learn them. If we don’t learn the easier lessons, they get harder. We learn and grow through challenges, and every adversity has hidden gifts. Now if you believe this bit of advice that Dan is doling out is just a little to simple, I highly recommend that you read and take note of “life’s lessons” they are truly one of the areas where you can propel you life forward in a positive way if you are “learning daily from the lessons”
Dan make a distinction in the book between our career and our calling. I like this, because our career is not our calling. His distinction reminds us that our calling refers to a personal interest, attraction, inclination, drive or passion that is usually of higher order. It isn’t just something you want to do, but rather something you need to do, something that captures your imagination, touches you deeply and absorbs you, whether or not you can explain why.
So if you are seeking more clarity about your purpose and passion in life, then Dan Millman’s new book ” The Four Purposes of Life” is for you. He has done an excellent job of guiding the reader understanding of the four purposes of life. Also I highly recommend that you visit his website and enter you birthdate into the “Life Purpose Caculator“. Please look at the results, they were quite revealing for me and probably will be for you as well.
Enjoy my interview with a wonderful author and teacher, Dan Millman.