HOW TO BE A HERO - WHY DO WE LOVE HEROES SO MUCH?

Why is it that we love Heroes so much? Why do we watch movies and read books and listen to tales of people who overcome difficult situations? Who measure in the battle and struggle valiantly? Who confront acting scripts plays skits heroes superheroes and exhibit courage, even if the odds are against them?
Why?
Because that’s who we aspire to be.
Joseph Campbell summarized a common story that is followed closely by personalities from ancient mythological stories through modern day movies. He considered that, not only are people drawn to this story, but that we all possess the capability to live it.

Perhaps you have heard of Joseph Campbell?
Let me introduce you.
Joseph Campbell was a 20th Century mythologist, teacher, and philosopher. He had been an influential thought leader and writer who wrote many books.
There’s a film, Finding Joe, which investigates Campbell’s ideas about the Hero’s Journey. I strongly recommend it! It features modern day philosophers, religious leaders and writers like Deepak Chopra and Ken Robinson as well as musicians, professional athletes, and my old manager from the Foundation.

The Hero’s Journey


From the movie, author Alen Cohen says”We are not separate from the characters we see in our stories and in our novels. They’re us. It’s 1 journey.”
The hero’s journey is defined by a few key elements. First, there’s a separation along with a call to experience. On the wayhe encounters challenges and temptations, and eventually he must face death (either physically or metaphorically). It’s by overcoming that experience that they are reborn and changed. Then they have earned the title of”Hero.”
There are whole books written about this, so I am summarizing here. But the point is that the story line is exactly the same, even though the details could be radically different.
The Creative And Entrepreneurial Call
There are many different”calls to adventure” that can jump start a hero’s journey. And we could experience it repeatedly in a life. From the movie, a few of the instigators were physical challenges such as a crazy skateboarding trick. Sometimes they’re thrust upon you, like a serious medical condition or tragic experience. There can be geographical separation, like moving to a different place, country or culture. Or a different sort of separation, such as losing a job or a relationship.