17 Ways to Kick life’s Ass

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way of the peaceful warrior life lessons


I read this book once and ever since I have not stopped going back to it as a reference for some part of my life, Way of the Peaceful Warrior, written by Dan Millman.

I thought I should share what I have learn’t from this book with you.

He wrote about this weird guy he met in college that changed his life forever.

Before I delve into what I learn’t from this book, let me give a brief summary or mini-summary of this book.

Millman was a fine gymnast in college and was on the road of becomming a world champion before he met this old man who worked at night in a gas station.

This eccentric old man, taught Millman about life in general and how to live it fully.

He even taught him how to breathe.

Can you imagine?…..

There is an actual way to breathe. (caught me off guard at first).

What he taught Millman were golden nuggets but how he taught them was a different thing and he “annoyed” Millman as it would any normal human being.

After much effort on his part, the old man (who never gave Millman his real name, by the way, but was given the name Socratis by Millman) began to make Millman see the truth in the “way of the peaceful warrior“.

I would highly suggest you get this book as it is not only entertaining, but also filled with great knowledge about life in general and how to (pardon my language) kick it in the ass.

Don’t think it odd that I used the image above, I wanted to show just how weird the old man (Socratis) was.

You might not understand some of these lessons as written, so I will try to simplify it as best as I can for you).

But some are pretty straightforward, so I will leave them as they are.

I am only going to put the lessons I agree with here, so any lesson you see means that I agree. I won’t put anything I don’t believe in here.

Way of the Peaceful Warrior (Life Lessons)

way of the peaceful warrior life lessons


1. Everything you ever need to know is within you; the secrets of the universe are imprinted on the cells of your body.

2. A secrets value is not in what you know, but what you do with what you know.


3. It is better for you to take responsibility for your life as it is, instead of blaming others, or circumstances, for your predicament. As your eyes open, you will see that your state of health, happiness, and every circumstance of your life has been, in large part, arranged by you – consciously or unconsciously.

Your Next Move

4. Much of a warrior’s path is subtle, invisible to the uninitiated. (Don’t advertise your intentions)

Your Mind

5. Your mind is the source of your moods, not people, surroundings or circumstances.

6. When you are troubled, let go of your thoughts and deal with your mind. You will be free of the world’s turbulence as soon as you can calm your thoughts.

7. The first and last most important element of zen. Attention! (Some people meditate and meditation, after all the explanations and benefits, is a way of gathering all your thoughts, of focusing on only one thing, of paying attention on the task at hand without paying any attention to outside distractions.) … Explaining as best as I can!


8. No more idle jabbering. What comes out of your mouth is as important as what goes into it. (Only speak when necessary).


9. On feeling emotions; let it flow and let it go. (Don’t hold on to any emotion for too long, especially the negative emotions. But don’t stop it either. Let it flow and let it go).


10. There is no such thing as a bad habit. (Some of you will be jeering up to crucify me now) … Every action has its good and bad side. Smoking is bad and kills you in the long run. That’s true and you can agree with me. Right? How about food? Eating junk food, in the long run is injurious to your health and will also shorten your life span. If you smoke once in six months and then next day you go for serious exercise to counter the effect of the smoke or the alcohol, you will be fine. Doing anything compulsively in itself is the bad thing. Develop your will and you won’t have any “bad habits”.

Making Decisions

11. Whatever you do don’t wobble. Once you make your choice do it with all your spirit.

12. It’s better to make a mistake with the full force of your being than to carefully avoid mistakes with a trembling spirit.  Responsibility is recognizing both pleasure and price, making a choice based on that recognition and then living with that choice without concern.


13. Moderation is mediocrity, fear and confusion in disguise. It is the devil’s reasonable deception. It’s the wobbling compromise that makes no one happy. It is for the bland, the apologetic, for the fence sitters of the world afraid to take a stand. It is for those afraid to laugh or cry, for those afraid to live or die. Moderation is lukewarm tea, the devil’s own brew.


14. Old urges will continue to arise perhaps for years. Urges do not matter, actions do. (This was when Socratis told Millman to abstain from sex for some time. The urge to have sex came but Millman used this wisdom to resist the urge.) It also means that if maybe you want to stop drinking or smoking, you will still have those urges but the way of the peaceful warrior means that you will not do anything about those urges.


15.Death is not sad. The sad thing is that most people don’t ever really live at all.


16. There are no ordinary moments. (Enjoy every moment of your life as if it will be your last.


17. Happiness equals satisfaction over desires. The secret of happiness is not found in seeking more but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.


These are some of the lessons I learnt from this book. I strongly advise you read it for yourself.

What do you think?

Do you agree with all of them or some? Let me know which ones and why.

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