Hero on a Mission: A Path to a Meaningful Life

  • 3h 12m
  • Donald Miller
  • HarperCollins Leadership
  • 2022

New York Times bestselling author Donald Miller shares the plan that led him to turn his life around. This actionable guide will teach you how to do the same through journaling prompts and goal-planning exercises.

There are four characters in every story: The victim, the villain, the hero, and the guide. These four characters live inside us. If we play the victim, we’re doomed to fail. If we play the villain, we will not create genuine bonds. But if we play the hero or guide, our lives will flourish. The hard part is being self-aware enough to know which character we are playing.

In this book, bestselling author Donald Miller uses his own experiences to help you recognize if the character you are currently surfacing is helping you experience a life of meaning. He breaks down the transformational, yet practical, plan that took him from slowly giving up to rapidly gaining a new perspective of his own life’s beauty and meaning, igniting his motivation, passion, and productivity, so you can do the same.

In Hero on a Mission, Donald’s lessons will teach you how to:

  • Discover when you are playing the victim and villain.
  • Create a simple life plan that will bring clarity and meaning to your goals ahead.
  • Take control of your life by choosing to be the hero in your story.
  • Cultivate a sense of creativity about what your life can be.
  • Move beyond just being productive to experiencing a deep sense of meaning.

Donald will help you identify the many chances you have of being the hero in your life, and the times when you are falling into the trap of becoming the victim.

Hero on a Mission will guide you in developing a unique plan that will speak to the challenges you currently face so you can find the fulfillment you have been searching for in your life and work.

About the Author

Donald Miller is the CEO of Business Made Simple, an online platform that teaches business professionals everything they need to know to grow a business and enhance their personal value on the open market. He is the host of the Business Made Simple podcast and is the author of several books, including the bestseller Building a StoryBrand. He lives and works in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife, Elizabeth.

In this Book

  • Author's Note
  • Introduction
  • The Victim, the Villain, the Hero, and the Guide—The Four Roles We Play in Life
  • A Hero Accepts Their Own Agency
  • A Hero Chooses a Life of Meaning
  • What Elements are Necessary for a Person to Transform?
  • A Hero Knows What They Want
  • A Morning Ritual to Guide and Direct Your Story
  • A Eulogy allows You to Look Back on Your Entire Life, Even before It's over
  • A Good Eulogy Talks about Who and What the Hero Loved
  • A Good Eulogy Helps You Find Narrative Traction
  • Write Your Eulogy
  • Cast Your Long-Term and Short-Term Visions
  • A Hero Gets Things Done
  • The Hero on a Mission Daily Planner
  • The Role That Matters Most
  • The Story Goes on and on
  • Your Life Plan and Daily Planner


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