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The Life You Were Born to Live: A Guide to Finding Your Life Purpose

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  2,172 ratings  ·  156 reviews
Dan Millman presents an entirely new way of understanding life and the forces that shape it. The Life-Purpose System, a modern method of personal growth based on ancient wisdom, has helped thousands of people find new meaning, purpose, and direction in their lives. The Life You Were Born to Live features:

the thirty-seven paths of life
how to determine your life path and the
Paperback, 468 pages
Published February 8th 1995 by HJ Kramer (first published 1993)
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Kasi Iliopoulos
Mar 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Jason Hull
Feb 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: relationships
I'm a 33/6. The laws section is the most significant area of the book. The book does seem to be eerily correct in nailing people's challenges and such. Not sure if this is due to the wording being generic enough for anything to be true or applicable, similar to fake psychic readings, but regardless it is fun to look up friends and family and will give insights into people. Some numbers so perfectly nailed people I know I was amazed and it helped me understand them better.

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Jun 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
This book goes into numerology and provides insight to the life you were born to live based off of calculations you do with your birth numbers. I only read the part in this book relevant for my numbers, and a few of others close to me whose birthdays I knew. And for me and those I checked, the things that Millman had to say were pretty right on. It was very helpful and I think if you put the title in you google search you should find a PDF version which can allow you to peruse the pages on your ...more
Ante Zivkovic
Jan 26, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
This book is all about confirmation bias, which you ought to familiarize yourself with if you found the contents informative at any level.
Natalie Maria
Jun 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
I am obsessed with this book. I'm not a hippy, I just find this kind of thing fascinating. Don't be fooled by the terribly cheesey title & cover; it is a fascinating numerology system that has Pythagorean lineage and appears to be scarily accurate.

It's unlike your typical horoscope-esque guide etc., it covers every possible number combination of the 20th century and gives a detailed 4-5 page break down for each of those combinations. The book is very easy to read, with an introduction to the sy
Sep 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book was a lot of fun and also very helpful. I was pleasantly surprised because this book exceeded my expectations. This is a book that I would consider a go to throughout my life. It is not overwhelming in its analysis or In the advice it gives for change. The way that Millman presents numerology makes you feel empowered and inspired. I am truly impressed with his writing, his message, and his mission to help people find meaning and purpose on their lives.

The only thing that I really want
Jan 09, 2014 rated it liked it
I need to re-read this book because I only remember being kind of underwhelmed at the time. I'm seriously considering re-reading just about everything on my bookshelves mainly because I am not the person I was when I originally read these books and I'd love to see how my perspective has changed over time and how well the books hold up. This book just might be more meaningful to me now - or not. If so, I've found a treasure. If not, I can send the book on its way. Since I now have my beloved kind ...more
Linda Gumper
Jan 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: keepers
The book made a huge difference in answering questions that I had about myself and now am checking it against the important people in my life. I read some of the other reviews and found them interesting. Some believe in the numerology and others don't. I guess the most important thing is that if you find inspiration great and if you don't. . you have the right idea to keep looking.
Jul 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book is eerily accurate.

I'm a 30/3 and so learned that people with my numbers have "inherent gifts in any form of teaching, counseling, healing, performing or creative expression due to their ability to tune into people and subtle dimensions. They can be successful in any field, but they feel most fulfilled if their work offers opportunities for self-expression."

You might not want to hear what this book has to tell you.

Reading the sections on the 3, 0 and 30/3 brought things into clear rel
Erik Akre
Apr 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: reflective personalities
Shelves: spirituality
Are you intrigued by numerology? Have you been curious about checking into it? Millman was curious, and he began studying it a while before publishing this book. He was so impressed by the insights it gave, he decided to write a full-length treatise on how numerology can offer insight and guidance to one's own self and path. The results are at very least fascinating, whether you "buy" them or not. The book, all the way through, is about reading your numbers and interpreting them. There is a full ...more
Apr 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
A life changing read ! Though written in 1993 this book remains quite relevant many years later. Introducing the Life-Purpose System which is a modern way of applying ancient wisdom the author travels a path that reveals meaning, direction and purpose that anyone can travel to find their life's meaning, their purpose and direction.

Often a funny read, this book gently guides the reader towards many realizations and to a desire to change within themselves what needs to be changed for their happine
Alain Kovacs
Apr 09, 2020 rated it did not like it
As much as I loved Dan's other well known book, Way of the peaceful warrior, I think this is the exact opposite of that. This is one of only a handful of books that I did not finish ever (and never will) and just abandoned because it is simply not worth the time. I do not believe in numerology, I think that this is quite clear until now. This book is all about that, some people might find that powerful and inspiring, so give it a go. Just out of curiosity and for fun, I did compute my "number" a ...more
Feb 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Can your birth date really tell you about your life purpose?

Pick up a copy of The Life You Were Born To Live, you might be surprised. I know I was. I began working through the numerology exercises with a healthy amount of skepticism. Then, I started looking up my results. For me, the answers were spot on, even on the more negative parts of myself.

Now I have a little more clarity about my direction. I can watch for the negative traits and behaviors and see the insecurity that is actually at the
Mar 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: available
Amazingly accurate to the point of anxiety - drills right down to the issues that have been haunting me for years and unfortunately does not provide any "quick fix" solutions but just acknowledges that that is something you will need to struggle with and overcome in your life. The 3 people including myself who read their "numbers" in the book all were taken aback how much it resembles their life issues so I would highly recommend it even for those who do not believe in horoscopes, zodiacs or any ...more
Apr 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have had this book since 1999 and have retread it so many times. I have found it most helpful if I am having issues with a particular individual. I just find out their birthday, read all about them and it amazes me how much more understanding I then have of who they are and how they relate to things. For myself when I first read it I thought well, that has absolutely nothing to do with me!!! I would read it once a year and slowly but surely everything that was in the book was totally relevant ...more
Aug 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
My sweet daughter gave this to me this Christmas. She knew my fondness for Millman with The Way of the Peaceful Warrior. Like the genius she is, she went to the book store and picked a book out by author. I thought it was brilliant. Indeed, this book plays the mystery of numbers game and it is something of a mystical rendition of reality. But holy crap! It was so accurate I couldn't read it late at night because it was too scary. LOL It's like getting my step-daughter to read your Taro. You just ...more
Vanessa Vinos
Dec 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spiritual
This book is based on numerology. But even if you are new to that system it will be such an eye opener for you once you work out your numbers and read the relevant sections. Then do the same for the people in your life, and you will get a really good understanding of what makes each one of you tick, your strengths and weaknesses and how to work with them. I have given this book to friends as gifts as I think it really gives us a great understanding of who we are and in what direction we should b ...more
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: scavenged, how-to
Other than some interesting math and some good, general advice, I really don't put much into the theory that our birthdays determine who we are "meant to be." The section on "Laws" was interesting to read - I especially resonated with the "Law of Cycles." I'm all about the circle, y'all. Other than that? Kind of a waste of my precious reading time.
May 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Brilliantly written, easy to follow and truly accurate in "analyzing" our life purpose according to our birthday. This is unexpected as Millman struck me always as a spiritual guidance guru and what he wrote this time even surpassed his reputation, for what he offered in this book is more valuable than a simple "astrological" reference but a genuine life tool.
Eric Schalla
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Surprisingly very accurate, and full of insight. I am typically skeptical, but whether the science is there or not, I have found it to be very illuminating on areas that hold me back from pursuing my purpose.
Apr 27, 2009 rated it liked it
Dan Millman's guide to numerology. Fun to take a look at, but I didn't agree with alot of the information about my numbers. Interesting to keep around and look at every once in awhile.
Mark Laisure
Jun 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully insightful. Uncanny how it matches mine and those personalities, gifts and life struggles so perfectly.
Apr 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: inspirational
Awesome book . Lots of learnings to find out the purpose of Life on Earth . Inspiring to follow the passion which is actually the purpose as per the Millman calculator too !
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another one I read sometime in the late 90's. Great book for personal discovery and exploration.
Kevin Considine
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
As a book I rated it 4 stars but for the insights into my inner self 5 Stars. The book explores numerology and I found the specifics about my number informative, interesting and very accurate. I have been heading down a certain path and in the pages of Millman’s book I gained focus and clarity in the journey of life. A friend told me that the book may resonate with me as it did with her, but others have told me it did not.
Scott Harrell
Feb 19, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a challenging one - I'm not sure if I ike this book or not. It's actually a Numerology tool. Undoubtedly, there is truth and validity in numerology - numbers don't lie - but the 'art' of interpretation is very subjective, as is how we interpret the information. A lot of effort was required to cover all of the number-pattern personality types - that is commendable - but after consuming the information, I went back to my 'regular' life.
Sarah Obsesses over Books & Cookies
Anyone else think that some of the questions were made up just so there could be these fine crafted answers? just me?? mmmmokay.
there are some pearls of wisdom, and even some humor (the three teachers in the lounge) but it came off as rather bland and preachy. But when you need some life guidance you can't go wrong with this guy.
Marcia Abboud
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book changed my life. Not sure how he does it, but Dan Millman knows me better than I know myself, well, that was before I read it. I've read it many times over the years and given to friends as gifts. An absolute must for every book shelf. This is not your average 'self-help' type book, it's freakin amazing!!
Lisal Kayati Roberts
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book- but the information is not new. The author did a great job assembling information that would be helpful to anyone. The basis is numerology- restated and organized in a simple format. It’s worth a read if you have never delved into this aspect of your personality. It’s uncannily spot on...
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another good one

Dan, you the man. Ha bet he never heard that. I truly enjoy each and every piece he has put out. I've enjoyed my sobriety not only by staying sober, but by reading his books. Each day I read a little more and with each book I gain a little more value added into my world, yes my world. Awesome job good sir
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Dan Millman is a former world champion athlete, university coach, martial arts instructor, and college professor.

After an intensive, twenty-year spiritual quest, Dan's teaching found its form as the Peaceful Warrior's Way, expressed fully in his books and lectures. His work continues to evolve over time, to meet the needs of a changing world.

--from the author's website

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“What lies before us and what lies behind us
are small matters compared to
what lies within us.
And when we bring what is within
out into the world,
miracles happen.
“People from all walks of life share an innate drive for meaning, direction, and purpose. This drive to understand our life purpose seems as important to our psychological growth as eating is to our biological survival.” 1 likes
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