The Hero’s Journey is an opportunity to rescue our authentic selves. Your authentic self can be of true service to others (and yourself), after you complete your epic journey into the unknown. What is the Hero’s Journey? It is only the basic framework of almost every great story and myth in human history.
If we don’t open ourselves to anything new, our lives are governed and limited by precedent. If we are unwilling to step into the unknown, our mind is reduced to a copy of a copy of someone else. How boring! But don’t think that you need to wait for courage to face the unknown. No courage is required if you align yourself with service-driven purpose.
As summarized by Joseph Campbell, the Hero’s Journey is basically:
After encountering a ‘herald’ who calls the hero to something better… “A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow [gifts] on his fellow man.”
You want examples of the The Hero’s Journey? How about Beowulf, Odysseus, Luke Skywalker in Star Wars, the paraplegic Marine in Avatar, and Neo in The Matrix. From the Bible, there is Noah, Daniel and Gideon to name a few.
In our network marketing business, we can be the ‘herald’, inviting someone we know to address something that they deeply care about. It could be that they want their children to not only graduate from college, but to walk across stage at graduation 100% debt free. It could be they want extra income so a spouse can stay at home with the kids instead of warehousing them in daycare. It could be that they want to retire 15 years early and have true time and financial freedom. Our hero will encounter challenges, but we are there to help them. With training, and focused effort, they can eventually enjoy the same amazing victory as the hero’s described by Campbell. And they can return to the tribe as a hero, bearing gifts (e.g. treasure).
Here are some more examples that you can apply to The Hero’s Journey that you will take:
I am elated to be a Servant Leader who knows, goes and shows the way, and because of this I am very wealthy for life.
I have come so far already. Today I begin a new life.
It is definitely time to ‘Think and Grow Rich’.