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Dan Millman

Author, speaker


3 daughters

Joy Millman


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Full name
Daniel Jay Millman

February 22, 1946 (age 78) (

Vivian Millman, Herman Millman

Way of the Peaceful Warrior, The Life You Were Born to Li, Sacred journey of the peace, The Four Purposes of Life: Fi, The journeys of Socrates

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Daniel Jay Millman (born February 22, 1946) is an American author and lecturer in the personal development field.


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Early life

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Millman was born in Los Angeles, California, to Herman and Vivian Millman (both deceased), and he has an older sister Diane. Much of his early life included active pursuits such as modern dance and martial arts, and then trampoline, tumbling, and gymnastics.

Dan Millman smiling and wearing a blue polo shirt beside the poster of the 2006 movie, Peaceful Warrior

During his senior year at John Marshall High School in Los Angeles, Millman won the United States Gymnastics Federation (USGF) national title on the trampoline and was voted Senior Athlete of the Year.

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In 1964, while a freshman at U.C. Berkeley, he won the 1964 Trampoline World Championships in London, and earned All-American honors and won an NCAA Championship in vaulting

In 1966 he won the USGF championship in floor exercise. He represented the United States in the 1966 Maccabiah Games, winning four Gold Medals in Gymnastics.

In September of that year, just prior to his senior year at U.C. Berkeley, Millman's motorcycle collided with a car. He suffered a shattered right femur, requiring surgical repair and bone marrow transplant with a steel nail inserted in his femur (which was removed a year later after the leg was healed). Millman actively pursued rehabilitation and was able to return to gymnastics as co-captain of his team which won the 1968 NCAA Gymnastics Championships in Tucson, Arizona. He was the last man to perform for U.C. on the high bar, and a best-ever routine and perfect landing clinched the team title. (This true event was later changed and fictionalized in his first book, Way of the Peaceful Warrior, and its film adaptation Peaceful Warrior, which depicted him instead competing in the Olympic Trials).

In 1968 he was voted Senior U.C. Berkeley Athlete of the Year, and graduated with a B.A. degree in Psychology.


In 1968, Millman served as director of gymnastics at Stanford University, where he coached U.S. Olympian Steve Hug and brought the Stanford team to national prominence. During Millman's tenure at Stanford, he trained in Aikido, eventually earning a shodan (black belt) ranking, and studied T'ai chi (Taiji) and other martial arts.

In 1972, Millman joined the faculty at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio as an assistant professor of physical education. At Oberlin, on a travel-research grant from the college, Millman traveled to San Francisco, where he completed the Arica 40-Day Intensive Training, then to Hawaii, India, Hong Kong, and Japan, where he studied various disciplines including yoga and martial arts.

In 1985, Millman began to produce audio and video programs, and to present seminars and professional keynotes. His work is generally connected to the "human potential movement".

Millman has authored 17 books as of 2015 which together have been published in 29 languages. In 2006, his first book, Way of the Peaceful Warrior, was adapted to a film, Peaceful Warrior, with Nick Nolte, distributed by Lionsgate Films and released by Universal Pictures in 2007. Dan credits the inspiration for his first book to a gas station attendant he met who reminded him of Socrates and to whom he gave that name.

Personal life

Dan Millman and his wife Joy live in Brooklyn, New York. They have three grown daughters.


Works by Millman include the following:

  • 1979: Whole Body Fitness
  • 1980: Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives
  • 1985: The Warrior Athlete (revised edition of Whole Body Fitness)
  • 1990: Sacred Journey of the Peaceful Warrior
  • 1991: Secret of the Peaceful Warrior (for children, illustrated by Taylor Bruce)
  • 1992: No Ordinary Moments: A Peaceful Warrior's Guide to Daily Life
  • 1993: Quest for the Crystal Castle (for children, illustrated by Taylor Bruce)
  • 1994: The Life You Were Born to Live: A Guide to Finding Your Life Purpose
  • 1995: The Laws of Spirit: A Tale of Transformation
  • 1998: Everyday Enlightenment: The Twelve Gateways to Personal Growth
  • 1999: Body Mind Mastery (revised edition of The Warrior Athlete)
  • 2000: Living on Purpose: Straight Answers to Life's Tough Questions
  • 2006: The Journeys of Socrates: The Way Begins
  • 2007: Wisdom of the Peaceful Warrior: A Companion to the Book that Changes Lives
  • 2009: Bridge Between Worlds: Extraordinary Experiences that Changed Lives (with co-author Doug Childers)
  • 2010: Peaceful Warrior: The Graphic Novel (illustrated by Andrew Winegarner)
  • 2011: The Four Purposes of Life: Finding Meaning and Direction in a Changing World
  • 2013: The Creative Compass: Writing Your Way from Inspiration to Publication (with co-author Sierra Prasada)
  • 2017: The Hidden School: Return of the Peaceful Warrior
  • References

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