An American self-help author and motivational speaker, he is best known for his 1980 work, Way of the Peaceful Warrior. His other books include The Life You Were Born to Live: A Guide to Finding Your Life Purpose (1994) and The Journeys of Socrates (2006).
As a child, he pursued interests such as modern dance, martial arts, trampoline, tumbling, and gymnastics. He later became the World Trampoline Champion while also studying psychology at the University of California-Berkeley.
He taught physical education at Oberlin College and also directed the gymnastics program at Stanford University.
He and his sister Diane were born in Los Angeles to Vivian and Herman Millman. He married Joy Millman; together, they had three daughters.
Tony Robbins is another California-born author.