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The Hero's Journey

November 11, 2019

What if there was a model of success that was hidden in every story, in every culture, from every time period around the world?

Today, we are looking an ancient formula to design your life and learning experiences – we’re going to be unpacking the Hero’s Journey.

The Hero's Journey was a concept first conceived by mythologist Joseph Campbell, he wrote a book which has been read millions of times over since it was first published in 1949 - The Hero with a Thousand Faces. In it he recounts his study into dozens of myths from all around the world and outlines a pattern - a blueprint - that every hero follows on his or her quest for greatness.

It's a model that we can apply in our own lives and use it to design our own Blueprint for living a happier, richer and more rewarding life.

I actually didn't plan to do this when I first started this podcast but this concept is just so powerful and so I felt I had to develop a SPECIAL MINI TRAINING program based on the Hero's Journey Framework. You can take it for free by clicking here.

Another great author, Chris Vogler refined the Hero's Journey stages even further and you would recognise these from your favourite book or movie. They are:

1) The Ordinary World

2) The Call to Adventure

3) Refusal of the Call

4) Meeting the Mentor - Super natural Aid

5) Crossing the first Threshold

6) Trials - Tests, Allies, Enemies

7) Approach to the inner most cave

8) The Ordeal

9) Reward – seizing the sword

10) The Road Back

11) Resurrection (final battle)

12) Resolution – a NEW status quo


Here's the highlights:

  • [4:42] Hero's Journey (like most success Blueprint) is based on a cycle. This cycle was first described (probably others) by Joseph Campbell – he wrote a book called The Hero with a Thousand faces

  • [6:09] Chris Vogler, Hollywood screenwriter and author has published a book called the Writers Journey – where he takes Campbells blueprint which had 17 phases and refines it into 12 clear stages.

  • [8:17] Reg Harris from has boiled down the concept even further and he has taken Campbells 17 phases and put them into just 8.

  • [8:38] The hero’s journey is a pattern for a redemptive story and I BELIEVE it’s not just for writing stories for entertainment which have no real bearing on real life – other than an escape – I BELIEVE that this is a model that WE can use, to write our own futures.

  • [9:38] You can take a lot of encouragement from the trials you are facing they are there to TEACH you something – there is LESSONS and GROWTH embedded in these tough times – that is a POWERFUL life shaping attitude and the science behind growth mindset will vindicate that people with this sort of perspective are MUCH more likely to succeed in the long run.

  • [10:14] You can use this model to structure your learning experiences. This is what we do with the Young Hero’s Adventure Quest – each week we take about 16 kids into the bush or somewhere in nature and we face an ordeal – there is a mentor along the way offering wisdom, there are tests that bring out flaws in their character and cracks in the team culture – and all the while we are taking on learning activities in Maths, Science, English, History, Geography and PDHPE. There is a link at the bottom of this page to where you can download the program outline in the show notes and you may want to consider it for your school or youth group,

  • [11:38] You CAN plan for success. I know, we can’t predict and script everything that is going to come our way and that is a good thing otherwise it would probably write a really boring story of our life. In the midst of failures, struggles we can still plan for success. You can imagine how to turn a defeat into a lesson and how to turn a lesson into success. You can use the Hero's Journey to structure that.


Let's unpack your own "HERO's Journey"!

This is a SPECIAL TRAINING you don't want to miss!

It will take you less than 30 minutes and it will guide you step by step through the important elements of your OWN HEROIC SUCCESS STORY. (Then all you have to do is go live it!)

This is also a great resource you use if you’re teaching, coaching or leading others.

To sign up it go to


Links mentioned in this episode:

>> Blueprint Life Coaching

>> Adventure Quest program

>> The Hero's Blueprint

>> The Hero's Journey cycle

>> Image by Porapak Apichodilok from Pexels




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