215: How to find deeper purpose in life – with Dan Millman (PART ONE)

By January 17, 2022The Simplifiers Podcast

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How and where do you find deeper purpose in your life? My goodness, that’s a BIG question to tackle…. and a vital one, too. So, we’re jumping in head-first to see what we can uncover.

My special guest today is author Dan Millman and he’s simplifying how to find deeper purpose in life. Now, you may be familiar with Dan as he wrote the book, Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives many moons ago… or you may be new to his work.

Either way, he brings to the table so much heartfelt wisdom on how to turn intentions into action, challenges into strength, and life experience into wisdom. And when we do that, we begin to realize that there are no ordinary moments in life… when you look again, you realize that every moment has the bright opportunity to be mind-blowing and spectacular if you slow down to really see it.  And when you do, Dan believes that your deeper purpose shines back at you. 

Here’s how. 


My special guest today is Dan Millman and he’s simplifying how to find deeper purpose in life.

We tackle and simplify all aspects of it, including:

  • As a young man early on, he learned a valuable life lesson: “Stop thinking about it and jump!” Dan shares this childhood memory and how that phrase has guided him over his lifetime
  • How he defines the “human spirit” and why we humans yearn to find deeper purpose in life, unlike any other mammals that we know of
  • What the four purposes of life are:
    • Learning life’s lessons
    • Finding your career & calling
    • Discovering your life path
    • Attending to this arising moment
  • Through his spiritual quest over his lifetime, Dan encountered four mentors: The Professor, The Guru, The Warrior-Priest, and The Sage. He shares what he learned from each and why it’s important to find a mentor to help you uncover your purpose
  • …and ultimately, what it means to have a “peaceful heart” and a “warrior spirit” in life. How to incorporate this in a simple, practical way into your work and life

Just a quick bit of love to you, our listeners at The Simplifiers Podcast! 

When you hear an episode like today’s on the podcast that potentially stirs up a new idea in your heart, talk about it with someone else. 

Maybe you’re thinking about making your own jump, like taking a great big leap in your career, your relationships or how you structure your calendar… I just want to encourage you to talk about it with someone else. Choose someone you trust who you know will give you wise counsel.

Gain their insight and don’t be afraid to say, “hey, I heard this thing on The Simplifiers Podcast… I’m thinking about doing something BIG – what do you think?” Spark a conversation – you might be surprised with what you learn. This is how we all grow and evolve.

Q: Are you ready to find your deeper purpose in life? If yes, this one is for you.

It’s time to #DoTheThing!

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My challenge for you this week:

How are you going to take what you’ve learned in today’s episode and to help you find your deeper purpose in life? What’s one thing you’ll do differently? Share it with me, privately or publicly. Snap a photo of you doing the thing, and tag @thesimplifiers on Instagram for added accountability and support!

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About Dan Millman

Dan Millman – He teaches “the peaceful warrior’s way” in the United States and around the world.  Author of eighteen books published in twenty-nine languages, Millman is a former world-champion athlete, university coach, martial arts instructor, and college professor. 

His bestseller Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives was adapted into a feature film starring Nick Nolte.

Where Dan hangs out online:

Website: peacefulwarrior.com

Twitter: @pwdan

Facebook: @officialpeacefulwarrior


Dan’s vote for the perfect guest on The Simplifiers Podcast:

…you’ll just have to wait and see in PART TWO of this conversation!

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