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The Hero’s Journey - based on the work of Joseph Campbell


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The Hero's Journey is also the leader's journey - and therefore the coach's journey. First described by the late (great) Joseph Campbell, it was made famous by the plot of the film 'Star Wars' and subsequently most Hollywood movies. This presentation takes Campbell's quotes and walks through the journey, step by step

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The Hero’s Journey - based on the work of Joseph Campbell

  1. 1. Hero’s Journey “There and Back Again” (The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkein) 1
  2. 2. Status Quo Call to Adventure Resolution Ordinary World New Life Assistance Hero’s Journey to and from the ordinary world Return Departure Special World Result Trials Treasure Crisis/ Approach (inmost cave) inmost cave 2
  3. 3. Status Quo/Ordinary Life “If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it's not your path.” Joseph Campbell 3
  4. 4. Call to Adventure “The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure.” Joseph Campbell 4
  5. 5. Assistance “We have not even to risk the adventure alone; for the heroes of all time have one before us, the labyrinth is fully known; we have only to follow the thread of the hero-path.” Joseph Campbell 5
  6. 6. Departure “Your own path you make with every step you take. That's why it's your path.” Joseph Campbell 6
  7. 7. Trials “Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.” Joseph Campbell 7
  8. 8. Approach the inmost cave (abyss) “It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life.” Joseph Campbell 8
  9. 9. Crisis/Inmost Cave “In the cave you fear to enter, you will find the treasure you seek.” Joseph Campbell 9
  10. 10. Treasure “Where you stumble and fall, there you will find gold.” Joseph Campbell 10
  11. 11. Result “Your life is the fruit of your own doing. You have no one to blame but yourself.” Joseph Campbell c 11
  12. 12. Return “A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” Joseph Campbell 12
  13. 13. New Life “The meaning of life is whatever you ascribe it to be. Being alive is the meaning.” Joseph Campbell 13
  14. 14. Resolution “No mythology that continues to speak or to teach of “elsewheres” and “outsiders” meets the requirement of this hour.” Joseph Campbell 14
  15. 15. Status Quo/Ordinary Life “One way or another, we all have to find what best fosters the flowering of our humanity in this contemporary life, and dedicate ourselves to that.” Joseph Campbell 15
  16. 16. The Coach’s Journey is the Hero’s Journey With thanks to the Joseph Campbell Foundation for quotes - & 16