• Hero on a Mission

  • A Path to a Meaningful Life
  • By: Donald Miller
  • Narrated by: Donald Miller
  • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (444 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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New York Times best-selling author Donald Miller shares the plan that led him to turn his life around.

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, Donald will use 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.

The lessons in this book will teach you how to:

  • Help you 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 Miller 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. He will guide you in developing a unique plan that will speak to the challenges you currently face so you, too, can find the fulfillment you have been searching for in your life and work.

Accompanying worksheets and QR code are available in the audiobook companion PDF download.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2021 Donald Miller (P)2021 HarperCollins Leadership

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Better than I expected

I don’t know why but I severely underestimated this book. I initially thought it would be just another basic archetypal book- but it’s so much more.

Not overly complex, but very actionable.
I love how it cuts through philosophical clutter into something you can actually apply.

A very refreshing read.

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Modern & Practical Spin on Viktor Frankl’s Work

Maybe it’s just me but “meaning” often feels like a fleeting idea these days. Donald Miller addresses that tension head on in hero on a mission.

I enjoy most books that I read and I find helpful nuggets no matter what. But this book may be one of the most important books I read in my entire life because of the current season I’m in as a father of young children, as the owner of a young butt quickly growing company, and as a person of faith struggling to make sense of so much right now. It’s rare that I want to send a book to every person that I love but this one checks all the boxes and I’ve already started sending it.

I’m also so grateful that we get to hear his voice in this audio book because you can hear the emotion and the nuance as he discusses philosophy, his family, his dog, and the practical ways we can navigate meaning in our individual lives.

It might be a little unfair not to leave out the fact that I know Don personally. I’ve been able to work alongside him The last couple of years creating video/photo content for his company. That said, I’ve heard many of these principles on camera and off camera but the way he weaves them together in this book is extraordinary. Pure brilliance.

A must read/listen!

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Listened twice.

Amazing guide to finding, living and passing on the life you love. Faith Ireland

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Creative and thoughtful

I'm grateful for this book and the way Donald Miller thinks about how we lead ourselves. This is a very compelling approach to taking responsibility for our lives and our level of success. Much of what we become is bound by where and when we're born and how we're raised, But the author makes a great case for the parts of our story we control. We can manage our perception of ourselves, and when we do, our identity drives our daily actions and impacts our destiny more than we think. This book is a great reminder there is always something we can do. We have a choice in how meaningful our lives will be.

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  • 07-06-22

Incredibly empowering book!

This book should be incredibly empowering for everyone who reads it, and for many I twill be totally life-changing! The author's narration was also top-notch and was a pleasure listening to all the way through. GET THIS NOW AND THEN LIVE IT!

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practical

Concepts were explained in a way to be easily understood and applied. Tools were given freely to help you become your own hero. Then detailed how to use the tools. The stories throughout added to the information.

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I cant wait to listen to this again

I love Donald Miller and all the work he does.
he takes already simple concepts and breaks it down into actionable steps. I always read (or listen to) his books and have a new perspective on things i didnt think could have a new perspective and a plan to hit the ground running. love it!

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Builds on Viktor Frankl and Joseph Campbell

One of my very few reviews I ever wrote.
I’m very glad I picked this up. So relatable for me. As an admirer of Viktor Frankl and Joseph Campbell this for me has gone the next step, put their teachings into our time, at least relatable for me. The author has walked the talk which shines through all the way.
Very grateful for him having written this book.
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A clear call to transformation *excellent*

As a writer — and one who has worked with the Hero’s Journey — I’m envious at this author’s masterful use of the monomyth. I’m also envious of how he crafted a clear path to make it actionable in modern life.

As a reader, this book is a joy. It’s clean and easy to follow. It issues a tremendous challenge to create meaning in life. But, there are a lot of books that do this.

This one’s different from many in that Miller spells out his own struggles and how he lived out the Victim archetype for so many years.

That’s why I trust him as a guide in this book — he tells a story of dream - struggle - victory that I find endearing and ultimately inspiring.

It doesn’t hurt that he and I are the same age and share a lot in common from our childhoods (I also stood in line for government cheese as a kid). And he often quotes Viktor Frankl, whose book, Man’s Search for Meaning, became a lifesaver and turning point for me in one of my darkest years.

Oh, and the resources he offers as bonus items are useful as immediate ways to integrate the lessons.

Five Stars all around!

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Life changing content!

This book has already begun to change my life story, and I just finished it. Hero on a Mission was exactly what I needed as I found myself wondering what the meaning of my life is. I have new insights and inspiration. And the pdf worksheets are excellent.

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  • Iva
  • 01-16-22

Playful and easy-to-apply life plan guide

The latest book from Donald Miller - Hero on a Mission - is a great way to start your 2022 transformation.
Using excellent storyteller skills, the author will help you understand different parts of our personality to establish a better quality of life. The path to our transformation and finally becoming participants and "authors of our life story" is led by really catchy metaphors taking inspiration in the main characters of every good movie/literal story.
Every coach or person aware of self-refinement needs will benefit from the playful and easy-to-apply guide to create a life plan.
For a person like me who prefers audiobooks, it was a very valuable investment of 6h of my time, and I will for sure use a lot of ideas proposed by the author in my own life and sessions with my clients.

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  • 07-04-22

Made Me Pause, Reflect and Prepare!

Donald is a brilliant writer, even at the age of 28 I found the concepts in here powerful and made me really reflect on the short but extraordinary opportunity life gives us and how the perspective of a hero on a mission can help me make the most of it!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-18-22

Awesome!!!!

One of the best books I listened to. It gave me deep insights about LIFE. Thank you so much Don!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-26-22

Sad

Miller has finally become the "Trendy Writer".
The very thing he wanted to avoid all those years ago.

However I am thankfull that he sounds and says he is "happier"- but the world doesn't need another self help book.

Will always treasure the thoughtful, funny, deep, encouraging books of his past.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-17-22

Inspirational

Donald Miller has smashed it again! Greta author, with an even greater message.
Highly recommend.

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  • Sabrina Toh
  • 05-12-22

Simple yet life-changing

This easy to understand and relate to framework with the practical takes and templates have the potential to transform your life...just a few daily habits could truly help you shift into hero mode and create the life you enjoy and are proud of.

So many basic concepts that have been packaged up in the right way to make this feel both compelling and actually easy to start doing.

I am so keen to start implementing this into my daily habits, get clear about what I want, get focussed on what I need to get it and see the acceleration in my progress.

Yet again Donald has put his story telling skills to good use to make this an easy and enjoyable listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-23-22

Clear, engaging, underrated!

Donald Miller is a fantastic writer. This book brings together practical self development concepts in a clear and concise way with wonderful analogies. Not one to miss!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-28-22

Absolutely brilliant

This is one of the most insightful books I’ve ever heard. Thank You for your life guidance Donald Miller

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-25-22

Total transformational!

Absolutely loved this book. It changed the mindset and direction for both me and my husband. Truly life-changing book if you are willing and brave enough to implement! Thanx Don for this amazing work...

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  • Kym Siddons
  • 02-09-22

Inspiring and practical

I enjoyed implementing the practical steps to create vision, goals and daily plans, that will set me up to live the life I dream of.