May 25th, 2015
Episode 354 of 804 episodes
Everyone is a peaceful warrior in training. "Heroes and cowards feel exactly the same fear, they just respond differently." -Cus D'Amato The Cheat Sheet: Why doesn't he like to use the word spirituality? What is FAST defense? Do you have to travel in order to grow? How to act with kindness, bravery or other emotion, even if you don't feel it. What is Dan's "outside in" approach to growth? And so much more... Today the words New Age, spirituality and personal growth have been overused and even bastardized by so-called gurus with personal agendas and self-interests. But our guest for episode 407 wasthe first to author a book in the New Age category; he was there long before the tricksters, hucksters and "gurus" made a mockery of the industry. Dan Millman is the best-selling author ofThe Way of the Peaceful Warriorand 17 other books. Today he joins us to talk about what prompted his first book, whether you need to travel to grow as a person and what we can learn and apply to live the peaceful warrior's way. Click Here to Support The Show and Check Out HostGator! More About This Show For those of you who don't know him Dan Millman is the author ofThe Way of the Peaceful Warrior, a book published in 1980. It was so new and so unlike anything else on the bookshelves that his publisher recommended the bookstores start a new category for it: New Age. Whether you want to thank him or chastise him for that, he brings an immense amount of value on today's episode. His background in gymnastics and martial arts (before it was cool) along with some life-changing experiences granted him a grounded, simplistic yet incredibly powerful outlook and approach to living a peaceful warrior's life. Dan shares what it means to live life as a peaceful warrior: we live with a peaceful heart and a warrior's spirit. That warrior's spirit primarily does battle with our inner conflicts of self-doubt, fear and insecurity. He also shares his experiences in martial arts, which he started participating in as a young child in the 1950s and 60s. That training coupled with the fracture of his right leg in a motorcycle crash all helped him develop a very different, unique and disarmingly simple approach to personal growth: what he calls the "outside in" approach. What that approach means is instead of changing our thoughts and our feelings and hoping our actions will change as a result, we change our actions. We have next to no control over our emotions and our thoughts, but we can control how we act. Even if we aren't feeling particularly kind we can still be kind! Even if we aren't feeling brave, we can act bravely by acknowledging our fear and acting despite it. And Dan's personal journey into understanding this and the life of a peaceful warrior began when he was a world-class gymnast at UC-Berkeley. One night he stopped off at a nearby service station and began talking with an old man who worked there. The old man would never tell Dan's his name but Dan nicknamed him Socrates because that's who he reminded Dan of. Their friendship and mentor/mentee relationship would have such a profound impact on Dan he would later pen his bookThe Way of the Peaceful Warriorbased on that time with Socrates. Although it's based on true events, fictional elements are interwoven within it. On today's show Dan shares why he did that, as well as why he chose to teach and share his knowledge with others and why we don't have to travel in order to grow. Check it out on today's episode of The Art of Charm. THANKS DAN MILLMAN! If you enjoyed this session with Dan, let him know by clicking on the link below and sending him a quick shout out onTwitter: Click here to thank Dan on Twitter! Resources from this episode: Dan Millman'sweb siteWay of the Peaceful Warrior, by Dan MillmanDan's other booksDan MillmanonTwitterDan Millman on FacebookThe Art of Charm bootcamps Also sponsored by: Support The Show at our sponsor Stamps.com, enter the promo code Charm! You'll also like: -The Art of Charm Toolbox-Best of The Art of Charm Podcast On your phone? Clickhereto write us a well-deserved iTunes review and help us outrank the riffraff!Wanna leave a comment? Too bad!Email meinstead (we read everything)! HELP US SPREAD THE WORD! If you dug this episode, please subscribe in iTunes and write us a review! This is what helps us stand out from all the fluff out there. Ways to subscribe to The Art of Charm Click here to subscribe via iTunes Click here to subscribe via RSS You can also subscribe via Stitcher FEEDBACK + PROMOTION Hit us up with your comments and guest suggestions. We read EVERYTHING. Download the FREE AoC app for iPhone Email [email protected] Give us a call at 888.413.7177 Stay Charming!