The Life You Were Born to Live (Revised 25th Anniversary Edition)

ByDan Millman

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christie schraad
it was a gift to a friend that i felt would be inspirational.

i love all of Dan Millmas books and have met him and he is a humble servant of the earth school and this book is a beautiful

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gothicbunny groves
This book is worthless. If you are looking for a guide to finding your life purpose, this is not it. You will be 100% disappointed in this trash, which is the literary equivalent of putting a quarter into a fortune-telling machine to have it tell you a predetermined platitude.

There is also no need to be skeptical of the numerology used in this book to find the life advice that is intended for you, because all of the "advice" is so vague and general that it could apply to almost anyone in society, no matter your personality or personal preferences in life. You can actually just look at any section of the book, even ones not intended for your birth date, and find the same empty platitudes that would only seem meaningful or relevant to the most naive of readers.

I'm actually dumbfounded that the author of this work was able to write so much (400+ pages), yet say so little. The content is so dull that readers with the slightest intellectual sophistication will have a laborious time trudging their way through it. The shallow nature of the content allows you to read an entire page and then wonder, "Did this page actually say anything at all?" And at the practical level, you may ask yourself after finishing it "What advice from this book can I actually apply to my actions in real life?" You will find that the answer is, in fact, none.
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Excellent presentation with thorough examination and explanation. The tenets were not set in stone, but were very useful guides to understanding not just myself, but my family dynamic. One of the better expose's on this discipline - more accurate than many others I've read.
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I'm not so much into numerology but this book has a lot of insight and makes you think about some things. I agree with what it said regarding my birthdate and number and have adapted some things from it in my life. A good tool to use to reflect on changes and to make some good changes too.
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I have read a few books on numerology and Mr. Millman has more indepth information regarding these numbers and what they mean on a personal basis. I found that much of what I read is really accurate for the people in my life. I highly suggest you read this book and I will be purchasing more of Mr. Millman's books in the future!
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barbara k
I can only say, this is the most amazing book - and I have read a lot of books. By computing each family member and friend's "birth number" I found that many of them are of the same number, a very spiritual number and I can only assume that I have been placed with or drawn to these people to help pull me out of my problems with communicating. This has given me such insight into the people I know and love - I have given this book as a gift many times and each person who received one, just loved it. Thank you Dan, for your incredible wisdom and teaching.
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niken savitri
Interesting book. Offers insite to ourcstrenths sbd weaknesses and strategies to improve one's self. The rear section of the book contains Laws of behaviour which are educational and give guides on how toblive better lives. Great read.
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more specific than numerology and less froofroo than astrology. it has a more doen to earth hard fact sort of feel to it and less mystical. it is seriously SPOT ON with telling you about what your life is about. even if you don't believe in being born for a certain purpose it helps to acknowledge and work through issues that reoccur throughout your life and how you can find and utilize the best aspects of yourself. wildly accurate, and it can be really encouraging and definetly offers self help in dealing with our personal problems.
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This book is kind of like a spiritual "bible" to me. I love it. This last purchase was for a friend since I already have this book. It's extremely interesting and it applies very much to not only yourself but everyone you know. With my experience it is DEAD ON as far as my personality and life path go! Must read.
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david rowley
Very interesting book based on Numerology and the personality traits shared by people with your "numbers". It makes you aware of the path you need to follow and gives light to the flaws of your personaligy, and how to improve your circumstance. This goes weel beyond anything on Numerology that I have read!
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aida dietz
This product I have read once before, and loved it but now I have my own copy and it has helped alot with my future endevors. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who would like some insite on self, friends, and others. Great book, fast shipping.
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I read this while on a cruise recently. Wonderfully written, and filled with timely and welcome thoughts, ideas, and suggestions, I am very happy I purchased this, but am struggling with how to encapsulate the elements that are specific to me into bite-size pieces. I'm working on that, though. I look forward to revisiting this book and its thoughts on a regular basis.
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mark greenhaw
i highly recommend this book to anyone who is seeking clarity on their lifes purpose and a clearer picture to who they are, why they are here, and how to remedy and thrive their life path :) HIGHLY recommended
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powerful places
I was never into numerology, but was introduced to it when me and a friend read each other's sections to one another and I was blasted away by how accurate it was. Now after reading to a lot of people in the same way, it seems to offer an insight into the nuance of one's experience in an incredibly deep and enlightening way that is quite different from the run-of-the-mill astrological stuff (which is also perfectly valuable).

It has been an impactful tool to my personal growth, and offers a bounty of perspective, tools, and exercises for further contemplation and reflection to "work your numbers" in the most positive way possible.

Get it and share it.
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It is a wonderful book. I just needed another copy!
Really recommend this book! It is amazing how accurate the numerology and SIMPLE.
Not complex. It is enough to stimulate consideration and guidance to grow beyond limitations.
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This book was exactly as discribed.. In excellent shape and delivered very very quickly... and an amazing value.. I strongly recommend .. This is a fun and eye opening book that really rings true to everyone I've shared it with... Thank you !
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craig corbeels
Amazing book! This is the third time I've ordered it, as I am a firm believer that this book needs to be shared with anyone who needs it. Shockingly accurate details about each number path. Any time I get myself in an emotional rut, this helps me get back to where I should be.
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This is an incredible book and worth the read. I have passed this book around to my friends and it is so spot on to all of our life purposes. It explains so much and makes so much sense to every aspect of our life, past present and future. Wish I had this book when it was teaching so I could understand each student personality better and to encourage their positive traits. I purchased this for my friend because they liked reading my copy of the book and really wanted a copy. Everyone should read this book in their life time to understand their life purpose and self better. Highly recommended!
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This is an amazing book! It is not traditional numerology, but, I agree with others, that I can't explain it, but it's very true! The key for me, is to work on this information to be more successful. Millman provides a lot of information to do this. Don't feel, is that all there is? There is a section on relationships, that I found very helpful.
This probably sounds "way out there", but I feel we may be born with "soul patterns" of things to learn throughout life. Whatever is true, if you are open we can all learn from this.
The book does not involve Tarot or astrology, and is your birthdate only.I mention this, because I personally, don't like Tarot. I intend to pursue some of his other books. I read a "Peaceful Warrior" years ago.
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melissa houston
I discovered so much about myself and others reading this book. It has a good balance of acknowledging positive and negative aspects with how to use them to your highest good, better health, and resolving issues.
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I love these types of books that look at personality archtypes. I found this one to be pretty good for a number of people. Some people didn't agree with their profile. C'est la vie. You can't get it right 100%.
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jennifer hackett
Highly recommend if they have the book you want. I ordered a book for my summer session and it arrived so much faster than I anticipated. This is good. I don't have to stress that my book is still on its way cause I have it. Thanks.
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devin lindsay
Over the past 2 or 3 years I have read a fair number of books of this genre, as I am very interested in helping guide others, especially youngsters, on a path to a satisfying, productive, creative, happy life.

I could not get through this book, to be frank. By far the least effective, least informative, full of numerology b.s. book I have held in my hands. If you are into numerology you may have a different opinion. To me this was a total waste of good money.

Sorry Mr. Millman, I could not possibly derive anything of value from what I believe to be pure rubbish.
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misty garcia
I really enjoyed Peaceful Warrior, so I got this book. Don't make the same mistake. It is based on numerology and has no substance. Are you really going to know anything about a person by summing the digits of their birthdate? Especially considering our base 10 decimal system doesn't translate very well into nature. If you want to understand yourself better I recommend you google "Myers-Briggs". It is much more accurate and useful. I'm tossing this book in the garbage where it belongs.
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The principal merit of this book is that it is long enough to get people focused on the issues of meaning, purpose, and value in their lives. But any book on this subject could do the same thing, and most of them would do it better (seriously, try Richard Leider's books, if you want real help in this area).

The fundamental concept is clearly baloney. Supposedly it is based on some sort of Pythagorean mysticism, but it uses numerology related to the modern calendar, which has existed in its current form for less than 300 years. The personality characteristics Millman discusses are broad and vague enough so that they apply to almost anybody, so they seem to work, more or less, but try this test: Pick three people you know well, and instead of calculating their "birth numbers" first, try to match them to the categories that fit them best, THEN calculate the birth numbers. You'll be lucky if even one of them matches.

So don't buy this book for truth. If you buy it (which I don't really recommend), think of it as a meditation tool -- an opportunity to ponder yourself and what matters to you, as well as what you think OUGHT to matter to you.

If you do want truth, avoid this book completely.
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rininta widhyajiwanti
I still respect Millman, but the Pythagorean number system is basically a horoscope in a different form. He says it doesn't know why it works but it does... I say it works for the same reason horoscopes work: they rely on incredibly broad personality traits that everyone has to a certain degree and where anyone can see themselves in the personal descriptions it provides.
The main audience for this book is simply anyone who's looking for direction in their life, and this method is as good as any other New Age way to decide what direction to pursue with yourself. I don't think it is any more specifically relevant or accurate to personality than any other gobbledeygook way of figuring out what to do with yourself.

If you really need something like this as far as direction, then hire a career counselor. If you need personal encouragement and belief in something out of your control to help you grow personally, then find a church, like everyone else. You'll get more out of it.

For an enjoyably entertaining read, I WOULD recommend The Journeys of Socrates, by Millman.
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tricia gordon
The Life You Were Born to Live
Author: Dan Millman

This book introduces an interesting concept. It is described on page three, thusly: “. . .our universe and our individual psyche aren’t random or chaotic but have a certain structure and order.” That’s what this book does, it leads us to ways of finding the structure and order that will help us live our lives more fully and purposefully.
The book isn’t written to be read page-by-page, but we are to find what is true for us, then discover how we can integrate this knowledge into our lives. The reader starts this journey to finding our life purpose, by using the Life-Purpose Calculator to determine our birth number. This number leads our path through the book as well as through our lives.
I find this book interesting, helpful, encouraging and surprisingly accurate as far as describing me and my purpose. The information is detailed and clearly explained.
I think this quotation by author Dan Millman, “Many systems of personality typing exist in both psychological and spiritual traditions. While self-analysis can generate the impulse to change, the Life-Purpose System provides the means – namely, specific spiritual laws keyed to each life path to help us transform our health, our relationships, our work, and every other facet of our life.”
I think this book is worth a read, and the method, some consideration. I find this book enlightening, interesting and comforting (I’m not alone in the universe to struggle through life.)
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dawn kang
In the course of reading 100's of books from the self-growth, personality typing and "spritual path" genres, I have developed a fair deal of skepticism along the way. This book was originally recommended to me by a friend whose insights I respect-- but after a cursory browse at the bookstore I was put off by the fact that it basically appeared to be about numerology. I consulted with my friend who assured me that this was something "different," and "not really numerology." Against my better judgment, I purchased to book.

I'm glad I did.

Dan Millman-- best known for his "Peaceful Warrior" books-- has written a rather extraordinary and slightly (to my way of thinking) "mysterious" book, based on the simple premise that we all have a "birth number" (based on our birth date) which serves as an indicator of the path to follow in finding our life purpose. There is absolutely NO reason why this makes sense, nor why it would work. Except... it does. And I am not alone in feeling mystified-- Millman, himself, has openly confessed that he has NO IDEA why it works. However, I have checked it against dozens of people I know well, and the system comes up 70-80% accurate every time-- FAR over and above any kind of statistical "random chance." What's more surprising is that the different life path characteristics are fairly specific-- not just vague explanations that "could fit anyone." I back-checked this by trying to apply my parents' and my ex-wife's numbers to myself-- and could barely relate, at all.

The 430+ page volume is divided into five main sections.

Part 1 explains the Life-Purpose system, both from a mathematical perspective, and in terms of how it actually works.

Part 2 describes the Issues and Energies of life-- these are the 10 primary "issues" or life lessons humans work with on their journey through life.

Part 3 details the paths of each possible life-purpose number, including basic traits, positive and negative aspects, health, relationships, work and finance. Each chapter also includes a list of well-known people of that number-- which should probably be taken with a grain of salt, given that people express themselves differently. The chapters conclude with tips on fulfilling your particular destiny.

Part 4 covers Millman's 17 "Laws of Spirit." Each different life-purpose number specifically "works with" a set of these laws.

Part 5 deals with Applied Wisdom-- or how to make the system work for you, which includes relationships, deriving "composite numbers" for couples, life cycles, and more.

Final thoughts: Highly recommended (9 out of 10 possible bookmarks) for spiritual seekers, and people on a path to self-understanding. It's easy to read, and easy to work with. If you consider yourself a "hard-core scientist" who requires documentable and reproducible "proof" for a system, this book is probably not for you. Otherwise it's great.

Thanks for reading!

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I have worked with this book for over 20 years. It has helped me overcome many issues. His numerology descriptions are right on! Once I know what my life path is and what I am here to overcome I know what I need to work on. It becomes very clear and much easier. My life has improved each time I have used his book to read about my life path and the numerology of my relationships. I am so grateful for this book. Want to change something about your life, use this. It will really help.
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"I don't claim that the Life-Purpose System is based upon conventional science or even logic; I can't rationally explain how people's seemingly arbitrary dates of birth on the Gregorian calendar could possible reveal valid, reliable information about their life purpose. I only know, with certainty based on years of empirical testing, that the system works-that it can bring lives into focus." - From the book

In The Life You Were Born to Live: A Guide to Finding Your Life Purpose, author Dan Millman explains an intriguing system based on the numerical reduction of your birth date. Instead of traditional numerological meanings, however, Millman applies a unique system that he learned from oral tradition. The key to the Life-Purpose system is determining and interpreting birth numbers, unlocking a path to personal transformation.

There are many systems of personality typing in both psychological and spiritual traditions. According to Millman, these systems only generate the *impulse* to change. However, the Life-Purpose System actually provides the *means* of doing so, especially in light of the universal spiritual laws that he shares in the second part of the book.

There are nine different soul paths thirty-seven possible numbers for the twentieth century. If these nine paths were colors, says Millman, then the variations show the different hues within that type. For example, I'm a 25/7, but other variations of 7 energy include 16/7, 34/7, and 43/7. All 7's share the same key issues, but the "flavors" differ slightly, as do the universal spiritual laws that provide leverage to change your life.

The Life You Were Born to Live outlines the meaning of component digits, understanding life purpose, working each path positively and negatively, and likely health issues. Millman gives an overview of relationship strengths and pitfalls for each soul path, as well as talents, work, and finances. Designed to deepen self-understanding, the author provides useful question, recommendations, and the appropriate spiritual laws affecting each path. The book also highlights famous people for each numerical variation. Millman then takes over 70 pages describing seventeen Laws of Spirit that aid in transformation.

Although this 447-page book has been around for a while, I recently came across The Life You Were Born to Live at an opportune time. Feeling my customary existential angst that hits every few months-"why am I here, anyway?"-I did a simple 3-card Tarot reading that confirmed what I had learned from another personality system (Ansir). Nothing new to me, ironically. After wondering aimlessly in a large bookstore, I picked up this book and turned to my soul path numbers. Everything I already knew was there and much more, confirming the wisdom I received from the Tarot. Nevertheless, there was something about *this* time that made the crucial information (finally) stick. It's all about trusting self and personal intuition for my particular life path-and I finally "got it".

I had a major shift in the bookstore just from a brief reading about my unique combination of numbers. It wasn't until a later visit that I actually purchased the book. That cursory reading was all I needed, though-and I'm grateful. While the section on the Laws of Spirit may be helpful for many, there weren't the most important aspects for my own search even though they were certainly applicable.

The description of my son's numerical energy was uncanny. At 7 years old, I have actually *heard* my son use a phrase that Millman describes as being a hallmark of my son's type!

For those interested in finding out why they're here (and really, who isn't but the most unconscious?), The Life You Were Born to Live is an intriguing personalized system that not only gives you surprising insights into your motivations, personality, and challenges but also practical tools for navigating your soul path for spiritual fulfillment.
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jimmy la rue
I love this book because it is well written and very accurate. I am amazed each time I read it because I see how accurate my decription is. At one time, I had passed this book on, but I missed the book so much I had to buy it again!

What makes this book so wonderful is that instead of just giving you a Life/Destiny number, it breaks down the numbers that make up this number to give you more details about yourself and your character. So you see how a 28/10 is different from a 37/10 or how a 45/9 varies from a 18/9. It's fabulous.

My mother and I actually have the same life number, but we are very different in our reactions to things and in our thought processes and this is shown when I analyze the individual numbers that compose our life number as is shown in Millman's book.

The Life You Were Born To Live also gives guidance on strenghtening your personality and working on areas which may be underdeveloped. Some books just tell you what isn't working in your type and they don't offer ways to improve your life. This book does.

It's a great way to find out more about yourself, friends, lovers, and co-workers.
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sarah mackey
When I went to the bookstore and happened upon this book, by the author of one of my favorite books, Way of the Peaceful Warrior, I read the back flap and was totally dismayed. I tend to be quite the skeptic when it comes to pseudo-mathematics. Giving him the benefit of the doubt, I figured out my birth number and flipped to the sections for me.

I was blown away as to how accurately the main hurdles I face in life were pointed out. I have a hard time imagining that everyone will find their life's largest problems in one single book, but for me this was spot on. Good advice and warnings were given. I really got a lot out of what was written. For comparison, I briefly read through some other chapters that were not related to my birth number, and they did not resonate at all.

From Way of the Peaceful Warrior I got Millman's concept of what life was meant to be about. This book is not about the meaning of life, but rather the specifics of obstacles on the path to discovering it. And for me, it was great to see that the hurdles I face due to my personality are not all self-imposed, but are part of a bigger picture; it somehow makes them easier to bear.

Thanks, Dan Millman, for another quality introspective book.
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alejandra palancares
I have no idea why this book works, I just know in my case that it does. Perhaps it ties into underlieing "currents" in the cosmos that are operating at the moment of our birth. In any case, it works. The birth numbers are very easy to calculate, plus examples are given to follow.

This system goes beyond standard numerology- the roots are the same but it goes into more detail. You get the primary,component numbers or vibration that goes into your final, defining life destiny number. This can tell you alot about your challenges, emphasis, and what you need to concentrate on.

Millman repeatedly warns you against over simplifying and "labeling" based on the system (no life path is superior to any other.) We just have different challenges, lessons, and purpose in any given lifetime.

A very extensive index of the birth numbers of famous people is included (so you can see who is, or was, on the same path you are.) You shouldn't get too "pumped up" by who shares the same number that you do, however. It can be expressed both positively and negatively. In my own case as a 25/7 I found that I shared this vibration with Joseph Campbell, Deepak Chopra, and Voltaire- as well as, William F. Buckley Jr., J. Edgar Hoover, and Pete Rose....) Oh yes, and with Yogi Berra (how that correlates with Voltaire is a stretch even for me.)

The text is very well integrated with the author's "Laws of Spirit."
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anne heide
I have been a numerologist for many years, and I use this book often as a guide. Mr. Millman has a very strong connection to source energy, and I have found his life path descriptions to be
uncannily accurate.
Although not a complete guide to numerology, I always refer to this book when describing the Life Path in my readings. It gives a useful description of a person's general vibration for each birth date.
Mr. Millman is not didactic in his presentation -- the book is well written, easy to follow, and very helpful. If you are new to the subject of numerology, reading your own life path description will be revelatory! And you can use it to help your friends discover more about themselves.
If you are a professional numerologist, Millman does not use master numbers, but prefers a reduction where all of the numbers are added singly and summed. I have found this system to be useful, but sometimes resulting in loss of information. But as an overall guide to the life path, I have found this book to be invaluable.
What I like most about the book is its overall tone. There is an energy of clarity and helpfulness that comes through the pages, every time I refer to it. It seems to spark my own intuition!
For the professional numerologist or those who are just curious, this is a book well worth studying.
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The contents of this book will speak truths to you that will strike a chord in your soul. I have found mediocre success in astrology-based profiles- but in this book you will find an eerily accurate description of yourself.
Dan Millman has written many wonderful books about how to explore your highest path, but this is the most inexplicable. On Dan's most recent appearance in Atlanta, I asked him why this system is SO ACCURATE. His response was, "I don't know why. But it is dead on every time."
I have done spiritual consultant work for years. No system is more accurate than the one presented here. My number using this system is 37/10. At first this meant nothing until I started to read the description of this path: I discovered everything from an accurate description of my creative process to weakness in my heart and knees. No word written in this book was untrue.
Since then (about a year ago), I have offered consultation to clients and friends using tarot cards and this book. What is written in this book I use as a basis for the reading. It does not fail to be true.
You may be assured your birth number speaks volumes of you. Upon buying this book, you can calculate your loved ones' numbers and help them. The system will remain intact and very accurate.
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Though I do consider myself spiritual, I do not subscribe to numerology, astrology or any of the other "ologies" for that matter. I have to admit though, there is something to this book. I picked this up in my local bookstore and thumbed through it just for fun. I had to buy it when I read my own life path description (which you discover by adding up all the digits in your birth date)! I don't know how it works but this book nailed me! I am quite aware of what my strengths and weaknesses are (ie, issues) and this book described them in great detail and provided wonderful insight in to how best to overcome and/or enhance those gifts/challenges. As the author mentions many times, our greatest potential is often our greatest challenge as well. My friends and relatives have also found themselves in their life path descriptions, though albeit reluctantly. We are always reluctant to embrace those things that we fear the most and for me I know that what I fear is also my greatest talent. Hey, nobody said life was supposed to be easy! This book can at the very least serve as a lovely reminder of what we know we need to focus on to become our best selves.
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peter parkorr
Out of many books on spirituality and personal development, I have been touched by this idea of Life purpose which inspired you and transform your life.

I am understanding it this way, your life is empty vessel or simple medium and what makes it valuable is your inspired life purpose which is your message.

Think of your life as medium to express your creative self-express(who you are) which is your inspired unique voice and ultimate calling.

In my life journey I have come to one conclusion that "Doing is knowing." everything else is equal to not knowing.

I have myself gone through various life context other than my inspired life purpose which includes :

1. Money
2. Position
3. Relationship
4. Approval of others
5. False Security

none of this have provided me with ultimate leverage to fully express my self and expand my Joy, fullfillment, peace, abundence, inspiration and express my true genius.

i have described in my inspired-life-purpose com site in detail about how Life purpose has created personal Breakthroughs in quality of my life areas and career.

my life journey i have describe in inspired-life-purpose com site I have come to one conclusion that "Doing is knowing." everything else is equal to not knowing.

I give 5 star to this book.

Ask yourself - Are you following the follower or living your Inspired Life Purpose, your true Path with a Heart?
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mindy danylak
If you find horoscopes insightful, this is the book for you. I received this book as a gift from a relative who really should have known better. She clearly hadn't read it, for as much as she subscribes to a lot of unscientific mumbo-jumbo, even this is a reach for her.

To summarize: this book claims that the day of your birth, when subjected to some simple yet completely arbitrary arithmetic, will reveal "your life's
purpose". Why? Because of the "spiritual laws of the Universe".

Seriously. Even the Bible manages to assert a more realistic authority.

If that sounds plausible to you, please send me a note. I've got plenty of things I'd like to sell you, too.
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rachel steinberg
From the moment i started reading this book, i never drop it, especially where i discovered my life-purpose number. Forget about the horoscope, numerology etc for awhile. Pay attention to this book, once u discovered your purpose number, u have the full power to access your qualities within yourself, but to do that u will need some special keys to unlock them. From the "the laws of Spirituality". So for those who are seeking spiritual and personal growth, this is the book, i highly reccommend that u read.
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liz lei
I've read a number of books on personal development and spiritual growth, but no book has provided as much detailed and constructive information as Dan Millman's "The Life You Were Born to Live". I believe it is extraordinarily accurate and in my experience, it has proven immensely valuable as a tool for learning more about myself, my strengths and weaknesses. When friends and family have taken a look at their own profiles.. with few exceptions.. they've been absolutely floored by the level of detail and precision with which the book gives insight into their character.

When I first read my profile a few years ago, I was pretty disappointed and unhappy with the kinds of issues it said I needed to work through and the personality tendancies it described.. partially because I didn't want to believe it, and partially because they were issues that I just didn't see as being central to my life. Over time, I came to realize that my resistence was indicative of the fact that these were precisely the lessons I needed to focus on. After collecting dust on my bookshelf for a few months, something led me to pick up this book again today, and I am so glad I did. I'm starting to gain clarity on exactly what I am supposed to be doing.. what patterns I've noticed in my past behavior.. and the great part about the book is that it gives you suggestions and tools for taking constructive action.

I think for anyone interested in self improvement and personal growth, this book will prove quite helpful and provide important insights into realizing your potential and achieving your life's puprose.
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I don't know how he created this number system, but it is uncanningly accurate to some degree for every person I've looked up in it! And I've looked up every family member and friend whose exact birthday I know. (Well over 50 people!)

It is absolutely amazing! The results are so moving, that a person can't possibly deny the existence of some truthful meaning in numbers.

Dan Millman doesn't try to convince you of his system, nor does he try to describe the reader, or attempt to convince you he beholds psychic or supernatural powers. He simply offers his very intriguing theory of certain traits and inherited gifts that our birth numbers can signify. And his main goal is just as the book title suggests "The Life You Were Born to Live" -- this book will help you to accept and improve upon your weaknesses, and bring awareness to your inner strengths, gifts, talents, and true feelings. By exploring these sides to your individuality, this book will help you "live the life you were born to live."

I recommend this book for everyone! It has transformed my life by helping me accept who I am & overcome my fears, self-doubt, lack of self-discipline, and tendency to self-sabotage. This book has truly changed my life! And it's definitely worth checking out! I can't see anyone being disappointed with this book! It's awesome!
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chris cain
Just as other Reviews note, it is pretty amazing how the numbers translate into character traits. I and a few friends "ran our numbers" and it's truly amazing. Great advice from Dan on how to leverage strengths and overcome weaknesses.
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charlen cox
Dan Millman's book on Life Purpose is a terrific complement to the SLA readings Dan used to do. I love this book, and my friends love it. In fact, my friends love it so much that whenever they visit me, the book mysteriously disappears. They just don't seem able to leave it alone. So far I've gone through 6 copies of the book, and I'm considering using my bicycle chain to chain my latest copy to my bookshelf. Either that, or I'll have to start choosing my friends more carefully.
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I have done hundreds of numerology readings based on the information that I learned in this one book. I've read dozens of books on the subject, but this is the most comprehensive from a personality point of view. Extremely accurate and so much fun to learn about yourself and your loved ones on a deeper level. A must have for anyone interested in the topic of numerology, or personal growth.
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andrea lee
Hello, When I stumbled across this book, I was desperatlyseeking solutions to my life's downfalls. With the guidance and advice from this book, I've come to realize all of my downfalls have been my fault. This has been a revalation to me. If you are searching for spiritual guidance and answers to your problems in life, this book is for you. It has also been a guide to understanding my family. Now that I know their lifes purpose I can stop asking myself why they act the way they do. It has brought me and my family closer together with it's accuracy to our personalities. There's no other book like this one. It has also helped in my relationships with men. The first thing I do before I date someone is find out their lifes purpose, and see if they are living in the negative or the positive. This book has alot of useful information on What jobs will suit your type, whether your living your life in the negative or the positive, what universal laws to use inorder to live a fulfilled life, and if you have a spouse or mate, it will tell you the negative and positive of your relationship by adding you and your mates birthdays together.. I forgot to mention all you have to do is add your birthday to find your lifes purpose..It's so easy and accurate.. Everyone I show this book to can't believe the accuracy, except those in denial of their own faults.
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patrick montero
I bought this book five years ago after coming to a major crossroads in my life (and consequential crisis). I found many of the meditations inspiritational then. It also helped me to better understand myself and even those immediately involved in my life. I have looked over this book quite a number of times these past five years, mainly out of curiosity, to see the accuracy of determining the life path of certain people. It is surprisingly accurate. A number of friends of mine who have seen the book in my house and have looked it over (the title certainly calls one's attention!) have later bought copies for themselves. I highly recommend it.
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donny avery
This book uses numerology to describe personality characteristics and possible life paths. Mine was surprisingly accurate, and also accurate for others I tried it out on. It also gives recommendations on how to make the most out of possible limitations people might face. This is a fun book to get out with your friends, or useful if you want to understand your friends or family better. It's a helpful book for people who are lost and need some direction, but otherwise it basically tells you what you already know. If you've never read Dan Millman before, his Way of the Peaceful Warrior and Journey of the Sacred Warrior are the real gems (although quite different from this book).
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allison c
Being a lost soul in the sense that I have no idea what to do with my life, Dan Millman gives some insight into what drives my ambitions, interests, strengths and weaknesses. This is a very interesting book that should be shared with friends and family, not necessarily as a roadmap for one's life, but as a guide to seeing what your life (and others like you) could be. It is also great as a spooky "hey, check this out" item to use with your pals.
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melody condron
I have reread sections of this book many, many times. Each time I learn something new about myself. Dan's book validates our personal paths, shows us our blind spots, and inspires us to do what we love most.

I have also used the information in this book to help me understand and support my family and friends in a better way.
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amy shields
Whether or not the Life Purpose System works for you, there is plenty of wisdom in this book to learn from. The 'Laws' in the second half of the book open your eyes to the simple laws of the universe which also apply our lives.
For me personally, the life purpose system was extremely accurate & confirmed some of the issues I already knew I had. By reading your own life path & all the paths, it may help you to understand your friends & family as well. Sometimes it helps us to know that everyone has their positive & negative sides, & that we all have our own issues to work through. By understanding this, maybe we can become more tolerant towards each other.
A brilliantly inspiring book.
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Dan's book is an excellent and easy read. It's real impact is helping anyone understand the core foundations to their life and thereby focus on what their purpose really is. I highly think it should be read by everyone, no matter what age to give true direction and meaning, especially married couples to help them understand each others core emotions and thoughts. I know if I would have read this book as a teenager, I would have made different choices about my career and marriage decisions. I would have understood what my true strengths and weakenesses and tendencies were. Thank you Dan for another great book to add to my life and I hope others as well.
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I love Dan Millman, all of his books are wonderful. I had a chance to work with him in Maui 15ish years ago, and it was amazing. This is one of my favorite books of his because it has many easy points of reference. Other books might get read and put on the shelf - but this one is one of those books that you end up referring to, or grabbing a quote or quick review out of over and over again as the years pass. A+! I highly recommend!

Mindy Aisling
"Live with Definitive Purpose"
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mark schneider
Dan Millman strikes gold in The Life You Were Born to Live. I have had this book in my collection for over ten years and referred back to it time and time again as well as bought copies for friends.

If you want to find out more about yourself or anyone else for that matter - Dans book uses simple numerology that is easy to understand and mind blowing even to the non believer.

Dan uses numerology to explain life purpose as well as cycles in life.
I highly recommend this book.
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naughty spaghetti
Ok, ok. Maybe that's a bit harsh, but come on! Numerology? From the man who brought us "Peaceful Warrior?" Oh, how the mighty(or at least decent) have fallen! This sucker has about as much insight as my daily horoscope, and guess what? When I read the horoscope I never have to feel like one of my adolescent heroes is selling out.
Now I find myself doubting the intentions, and perhaps the very sanity, of Dan Millman. I almost hope he's selling out at this point, because if he truly believes in this stuff, who knows what else he got wrong along the line?

I know you all need to believe in something, but numerology is a bit simple, don't you think? For a step up, ignore every word of this and stick to "Peaceful Warrior," written for people who want to find their purpose inwardly, not up in the stars.

Everyone in this room is a little dumber for having read this book.
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Dan Millman has done it again! His common sense approach to living life on life's terms is demonstrated again in this enlightening book, plus a personal look at my life (and yours) and how to make the most of it. His detailed description of the life I was meant to live spoke to me about what I came here to learn, where I am in the spectrum of learning it, and what tools I can use to go further, all in a down-to-earth, non-judgmental way. Some of my friends also enjoyed hearing about their lives, and we could see that much of what was in the book was a true description of the traits of each other. I'd highly recommend this book.
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An essential tool for anyone who wants to find out their true life purpose.... And probably one the best book that was ever written about the relationship between the life purpose of a person and numerology...
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val wilkerson
This is an amazing insightful book. Not only does the book tell you what your Life Purpose is, it tells you of the challenges on your path. The author gives you an Action Checklist and tells you how to access your purpose. Highly recommended.
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I love this book; I've used his system to check out other people and it always rings true; I've found it very helpful. Reading about my numbers and my path were very helpful. It kind of surprised me that something so simple would work and be helpful, but it really does!
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patricia luchetta
This book is not like other books of numerology and divination, it is unique. It not only tells what the numbers mean, it tells you how to relate then to live, and tells you how to do it. Overall, this book is worthy of all five stars and then some.
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laura bridges
As a numerologist and psyche consultant, I use Mr. Millman's book in my daily work. I take over 300 calls a month from people who are looking for answers and "The Life You Were Born To Live" assists me in providing them. My path is that of a 34/7 who has learned to "trust, be open and have faith in the spiritual process." I'm committed to service and supporting others in finding their highest good. I recommend this book to my clients as a tool for developing better coping skills in life. I wish it were required reading in high schools.
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chris stanford
This book has assisted me further on my spiritual life path.

I work in an area where there are a lot of lost souls, this book has given me an opportunity to assist these people to find their spiritual life path. Their attitudes have changed and they interact with a more positive outlook on life.

My sincere thanks to you Dan Millman and to Socrates for your guidance and assistance.

With kind regards,

Peter Smith.
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This is more useful than any one book on astrology I've ever found. I have worked from this basis for a decade, and elaborated some on the material from my own experience. Numerology begins here and I'll never quite forget what I owe to this book.
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jeff locke
It has worked for everyone I've ever done it for, even the biggest of skeptics. Great food for thought--and hey, if it makes us think about why we do things and the direction we want to go, all the better. Millman is insightful and keeps it simple, while having a complexity that many others in his field don't seem to poses. Well worth the time and money.
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If you are serious about understanding yourself and others better, this book will help you immensely. I have used Millman's life path system with clients and friends for years and have found it to be incredibly accurate. The spiritual laws in the back of the book are especially useful for anyone wishing to connect more deeply with their spiritual essence. I highly recommend this book!
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nicole wilson
This book analyzes your life purpose with clarity. It allows you to look at who you are and where you need to be both from the positive and negative aspects of your goals. It also provides laws and principles to apply to daily living that allow you to focus on the positive potential of why you are here. It was so accurate in terms of my life that I bought it for those I love and they are also finding it to be life transforming. I highly, highly recommend it.
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I was not impressed when I read the 'life purpose' of myself and some other people I know very well. The delineations did not match (quite on the contrary) and if they occasionaly did this seemed to be mere coincidence. You may be curious to read something about your life purpose and read the book but don't take it all too seriously. With this book you still won't know (in advance) what your life purpose is. The possibilities are enormous: so just keep your head cool.
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brandy frasier
I first bought this book years ago and found it very valuable. Somewhere along the way I lost it. But after my second daughter died at birth last year I bought the Kindle version of the book as I sought to try and make some sense of her death, and what her purpose was, or may have been. I was disappointed to find there is no way of doing the numerology for anyone born after 2000. Please update! I'm not the first to make this request...
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This book is fabulous!! It so accurately describes your personality based on the date of your birth. It tells you the positive aspects of your personality, as well as parts that you need to work on to live a happy life. everyone that sees this book is surprised that it so accurately describes them. more than one person has tried to steal this book from me, so i have given out several copies as gifts. and the are such a hit!
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molly grube
This is a really awesome book for those wondering why we are here. It tell you so many thing including health problems you are prone to,careers,your personality traits when working in both the negative and positive. Also tells about couples and where we are in our 9 year cycles. One of my Favorite newage books.
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carolyn abram
This book should be in everyone's home, once you have read it you will feel in control of your life, and your emotions. When you feel good you look at the book and say, yes I am living in my positive. When things aren't going quite as well as you would like, you open the book and you can see why. This book has changed the way I look at life, it really is a feel good book.
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This book was recommended to me. I had never read into or about numerology before. I am amazed that not only is the book 100% accurate about me, but also 100% accurate about everyone who I have calculated. Interesting...makes you think about the universe and the powers at be.
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elaine harber
For a man who wrote so poignantly in Peaceful Warrior, this book is a terrible ghost. It is a ghost because it summarily lacks "SUBSTAMCE" of ANY type. This so called work is a tragic mockery to an authors potential talents. Upon reflection, the question becomes, was this author the same person who wrote Peaceful Warrior? Let's certainly hope not. Uggggh.....
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chris orr
This book was utilized in a class that I attended, thus I was aware of the book's content before I purchased. I like the information and the style. The book addresses who we are at our core based on numerology. It discusses personality traits, positive qualities and inherent challenges. It is a book I will refer over and over.
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dwain smith
Thanks for writing this book Dan!! I have found it to be 100% accurate, and will never take 30/3's for granted again! Now I check! PS- When was the last time you did a triple cody?!
Gary Castner, brother of Chris, ex- TI gymnasts, circa 1960's.
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lucid strike
I purchased this book as a member of a book club. I am finding it helpful both as a good read and the feed back from fellow book club members.It has helped me to see myself and others in a new, more positive light :-)
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nose in a book
After watching the movie, Peaceful Warrior, which I enjoyed, I looked up Dan Millman's published work and ordered two of his books. This book is mainly about a numeric code which supposedly describes the personality (I didn't see myself in my 'numeric sequence'). If I had the time and energy I would return this book. Very disappointed.
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marilyn rekhtman
First off, I'm not giving this a bad review because I dislike Millman (Way of The Peaceful Warrior is one of my favourite books), but because it just wasn't useful.

When you buy a book about 'finding your life purpose', you expect it to be about just that, not a collection of your stregths and weaknesses as far as character and goal-setting are concerned. I found this book akin to asking for directions and being told about the weather.

If like me, you are looking for a purpose in your life, my suggestion is to look in the right places. First off, how can you gain such INTERNAL wisdom about YOURSELF from SOMEBODY ELSE that doesn't know you (an EXTERNAL source)?

I found it is akin to astrology columns that you see in the paper: keeping it vague and generalized so that it could apply to almost anybody.

I suggest searching for your purpose on the inside. Try things like insight meditation, astral projection, and the most effective: plain old intuition - what seems the most satisfying and rewarding?

In conclusion, if this is any indication of his later works I won't be reading many more of Millman's books, as he seems to have exhausted his pen after Way of The Peaceful Worrior.
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At first I enjoyed reading this book because so much did seem to apply. But the truth is numerology is no more accurate than a horiscope, and truthfully this "pie in the sky" approach does not work in real life. Another thing: he speaks of Spirit which is all fine and good if he believes in that, but in order to try and attract the non-believer he attempts to convince us that you do not believe in spirit for this to work. And yet, he CONSTANTLY talks about God throughout the book! You can't have it both ways, Dan.

I have found all of his works to be mystical nonsense, and this one preys on the desire most people have to find meaning in a mindless universe. Don't bother with this one.
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jen hayes
Books like this only divide people, put them into narrow little boxes. The system is extremely judgemental and negative. According to it, my numbers are 30/3. Dan says I am whiny, over-sensitive, and needy. Thanks a lot Dan. The advice he gives about how to help with the challenges of a 30/3 is unhelpful and impractical. In the end though, no two people are alike, just like no two leaves are alike, so trying to categorize people according to their birth date is nonsense. We are all unique. Don't buy or pick up this book. You will ruminate on the negative stuff like I did. The book offers nothing of any substance.
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