Heroism is a mindset, not a moment. You don’t have to wait for a once-in-a-lifetime, life-or-death situation to be heroic. Although confronting danger engages our heroic instincts, there are many other ways to be a force for justice in this world.
“Classic” heroes are those epic figures we see in mythology (like Hercules) and modern comic books (like Superman). They may have extraordinary abilities, but they are also very human when it comes to their struggles and flaws. That is the lesson of hero stories: no matter your situation, you have the power to uplift yourself and others and strive to make things better.
The mythologist Joseph Campbell created the concept of the monomyth, better known as the hero’s journey. He discovered how most cultures created heroic legends, which follow a similar, identifiable cycle. My Live The Hero philosophy promotes the hero’s journey as more than just a structure for telling a good story. Heroic tales have always been meant to be inspirational as well as entertaining.
Live The Hero is meant to make people aware of the hero’s journey as a framework, a blueprint for living a dynamic, purposeful, and fulfilling life. This is what our ancestors wanted to pass down to us. This is why we still create heroic stories today. Live The Hero is for anyone who feels they want to exercise more positive control over how they perceive the world, how they interact with others, and how they face the challenges of life.
Mindset. Method. Motion.
This series of articles provides an overview of Live The Hero divided into three sections:
Mindset: The critical perceptions you must adopt to see the world through heroic eyes.
Method: The “tools” of the hero “trade” you can use to prepare for and take on your challenges.
Motion: Heroes, by definition, are focused on movement. They take action to improve their lives and the world around them.
I hope this philosophy helps you in your daily life as it has helped me. I look forward to hearing about your journey!
Continued in Part 2…