has easily been one of the biggest influences in my life.
I was given his book Way of the Peaceful Warrior almost exactly a decade ago when I was a 25-year old CEO running my first business (eteamz.com) during the dot com boom of the 90’s. The market had just crashed and we were about to go from 45 employees to 14 before selling the biz. Dan’s wisdom helped navigate that juncture of my life… and many since!
In fact, he was the first author I loved so much that I went out and read all of his stuff. Some of my favorites (that I think you’ll also dig) include: Way of the Peaceful Warrior and Everyday Enlightenment (of course), Body Mind Mastery (see Notes), The Life You Were Born to Live and Living on Purpose.
(Also, since that first read, Dan and I have gotten a chance to play some chess and share some great conversations and it’s been a pleasure to see a Peaceful Warrior in action in Everyday life. :)
A former world champion gymnast and coach at Stanford and UC Berkeley, he’s an awesome blend of East and West—with an unflinching focus on the PRACTICAL aspects of spirituality.
In Everyday Enlightenment, Dan explores what he calls the “Twelve Gateways to Personal Growth”: Discover Your Worth; Reclaim Your Will; Energize Your Body; Manage Your Money; Tame Your Mind; Trust Your Intuition; Accept Your Emotions; Face Your Fears; Illuminate Your Shadow; Embrace Your Sexuality; Awaken Your Heart; and, Serve Your World.
It’s a *great* book and I’m excited to share a few of my favorite Big Ideas!!!