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Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman
I had various recommendations to read this book, but none of the recommendations came with any context for why to read it. So I didn’t. I don’t love to sit down and read any more. I read a lot when I was a kid and might have worn myself out.
Dave Kurlan, a sales guru we work with regularly, stated that this book was one of the most important books he had ever read. Now I had enough context on a reason to read it.
The Way of the Peaceful Warrior is a story about a gymnast who discovers a mysterious man named Socrates. Dan is struggling through life at the time and the timing of meeting Socrates is critical to him learning how to live life in a better and more fulfilling way. The story weaves its way through experiences and lessons that Socrates gives to Dan to teach him to recover from his wounds and take control of his life and his own destiny.
This book teaches many lessons through its story. It teaches about how to be excellent while living a balanced life. It teaches that it is more important to be vulnerable to life than to seek invulnerability. It teaches about true love and friendship and the components for both.
This is a great read for people who are in pursuit of excellence but see many barriers in front of them rather than opportunities. It is a perfect read for that time in your life when you feel like you have to give something up in order to gain something. It teaches about the art of pursuit and the journey as opposed to the results. It is about how to live better.
This is a great book for people who are sick of the standard business book format. It is written as a fictional story that may or may not be the real story of the author.