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This blog on a hero’s journey is inspired by Ray Dalio’s book Principles further inspired by Jospesh Campbell’s book, A hero with 1000 Faces.
When we think of heroes we often think of a woman with her hands on her hips or a man in lycra with his pants over his trousers but this really isn’t the case. In fact whilst at the farm just a few hours ago I was surrounded by heroes, I was learning from one hero called Jimbo the Party Man and I was sat on a table of heroes, Action Amanda, Laudable Laura and Bounce Back Ben.
A hero isn’t a perfect person who always gets things right, far from it. A hero is someone who found, achieved or did something beyond the normal range achievement and has given their life to something bigger than himself or other than themselves.
Heros didn’t begin as heroes. They became heroes because of the way one thing leads to another.
They typically start out leading ordinary lives in an ordinary world and are drawn by a calling to an adventure. This leads them down a road filled with battles temptations success and failures.
Along the way they are helped by others, often those who are further along the journey and serve as mentors. Though those who are less far along help in various ways too.
They also gain allies and enemy’s and learn how to fight often against convention and along the way they often encounter temptations and have clashes and reconciliations with their fathers, mothers, partners and children.
They overcome their fear of fighting because of their great determination to achieve what they want and they gain their special powers, in other words, their skills, from both battles which test them and teach them and from gifts such as advice that they receive from others.
Over time they both succeed and fail but increasingly succeed more than they fail as they grow stronger and keep striving for more.
Which leads to ever bigger and more challenging battles.
Often at some point heroes inevitably experience one very big failure, an abyss, which Cambells calls an ‘in the belly of the whale experience’ that tests whether they have the resilience to come back and fight smarter and with more determination. If they do, they undergo a change, a metamorphosis which they experience the fear that protects them without losing the aggressiveness that propels them forwards and of course with triumphs come rewards.
Heroes come in various sizes, big ones and small ones. They are real people.
Being a hero is not always all its cracked up to be they get beat up a lot, get attacked, humiliated or killed even after they triumph.
In fact, it’s hard to see the logic in why one chooses this hero role but I most certainly can relate to how a certain type of person would start and stay on the heroes path.
Learning about other hero’s journies has helped me crystalise my own journey.
Life is over in a relatively short time, what you can leave behind can be more important, last longer and affect many more people than just those you’re affecting now.
You have something you can use to help others beyond you, your lessons.
I’m learning every day from other heroes, as are you by reading this right now.
Life is over in relatively short time however what you can leave behind can be more important, last longer and affect many more people than just those your effecting now.
Remember to keep on keeping on and you’ll do exactly that.
Until next time… make it happen.
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