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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The literal millions who have read Dan Millman’s books know that he approaches the complex topic of life’s meaning with a unique and exceedingly appealing blend of wisdom, wit, and practicality. His insights connect with people where they are — and then move them forward. Those at a crossroads, facing a challenge, or simply seeking a deeper understanding of themselves and the workings of the world will find realistic, doable action steps. These practices amount to the kind of “Humanity Curriculum” many of us never studied. As readers Learn Life’s Lessons, Find Career and Calling, Discover Life’s Path, Attend to the Arising Moment, and for “extra credit,” Explore Spiritual Purpose, insights accumulate. Direction is clarified and the authentic and unique life purpose each of us is meant to live illuminated.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781932073737
Publisher: Kramer, H. J., Inc.
Publication date: 01/05/2016
Pages: 168
Sales rank: 424,418
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Living on Purpose 1

The First Purpose: Learning Life's Lessons

Smarten Up

Grow Up

Wake Up 9

Voluntary Adversity 16

The School Rules 17

Humanity's Curriculum 18

Required Courses 19

The Second Purpose: Finding Your Career and Calling

Choose Satisfying Work

Earn a Good Living

Provide a Useful Service 31

The Essence of Career and Calling 34

Stories of Career and Calling 36

Self-Knowledge and Career Decisions 48

Talents, Interests, and Values 52

Career Criteria: The Trinity of Needs 61

Career Decisions: Analysis and Imagination 67

Time Travel with Your Subconscious Mind 70

Deciding to Decide 73

Career Notes: From Entry Level to Leadership 75

How Will You Spend Your Life? 80

The Third Purpose: Discovering Your Life Path

Understand Your Hidden Calling

Follow Your Higher Potential 89

Hidden Calling, Higher Potential 92

Determining Your Birth Number 96

Your Birth Number and the Third Purpose 97

The Nine Life Paths 99

Putting It Together 106

Individual Differences, Shared Patterns 109

Fundamentals on Your Life Path 111

Life Paths, Career Paths 113

Insight Isn't Enough 116

Keeping the Faith: Your Promise and Potential 117

The Fourth Purpose: Attending to this Arising Moment

Pay Close Attention

Make Each Moment Count 119

The Man Who Had No Purpose 122

What Snood Taught Me about Life 124

Life as a Series of Moments 126

There's No Such Thing as a Future Decision 127

We Cannot Grasp the Now 129

The Challenge of Attending to the Present 130

The Gift of Life: A Matter of Perspective 132

The Highest Practice of All 134

Epilogue: Our Spiritual Purpose 139

Acknowledgments 145

Further Resources: Source Material 147

Appendix: Determining Your Life-Path Number by Doing the Math 151

About the Author 153

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