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authoring a hero’s journey
finding meaning through story
Heroes take journeys, confront dragons, and
  discover the treasure of their true selves
                                        – Carol Pearson




                           Carta Marina by Olaus Magnus (1490-1557)
we mold memories about the past and shape daydreams about
the future into archplots to give them vivid shape
life is normal,
predictable
then the hero wants something (aka object of
desire)


                                                be a
                                           presenter




life is normal,
predictable
leading to the dragon gap between current &
desired reality     here be dragons




current reality                               future
                                              reality
the hero sets out on a journey




current manner of                 new manner of
being | doing                       being | doing
experiencing progressively greater risks
                                                                                                   will I choke?
                                    OMG, I’m
                                committed… does
                                anyone really care
                                  what I think?
          what should I talk
          about? how can I
           get an abstract
             accepted?




                      at times things will
                        REALLY suck


                               simplified hero’s journey modified from Kathy Sierra’s Where there’s passion, there are stories
creating meaningful change as they overcome each
 obstacle                                                naked/not naked




                                       quit/don’t quit
                    face pain of
                  rejection, risk of
                     acceptance




never presented, ok                                         I’m a presenter
with that
once they succeed in crossing the dragon gap, they
achieve a new normal
(at least until the next stage of the journey)




I’m a presenter
life is normal, predictable once again
why risk it?
(who in their right mind wants to face dragons)
Frequently, in the life of a priest, fifty years' experience is one year's experience repeated fifty
times. You get the same solutions to fall back on... Wisdom is to be sensitive to this situation,
to this person, uninfluenced by any carryover from the past, without residue from the
experience of the past.
– Anthony de Mello, Awareness




 life is normal,
 predictable
we each, in our own way, want to make a
difference
finding meaning in the story that is our life
any serious
creative
requires serious
meditation of
death
@gapingvoid




                   The Top 5 Regrets People Have on their Deathbed
If only I’d had the
    courage to fulfill my
     dreams, living a life
true to myself, not the
 life others expected of
                       me
If only I hadn’t
      worked so
  hard, stuck on
     a treadmill
If only I’d had the courage to express my feelings




                                              Meanest Indian, flickr
If only I’d stayed in touch with my friends,
spending more time with the people I love      Kash_if, flickr
If only I’d let myself be happier,
laughing properly,
allowing silliness
If only. Those must be the two saddest words
in the world.
– Mercedes Lackey
« le
marchand
de la mort
est mort »

When his brother died, a French newspaper mistakenly ran an
obituary of Alfred Noble referring to him as the merchant of
death. A pacifist at heart, he didn’t want to be remembered as
the merchant of death. He wrote himself a new obituary by
creating the Nobel Prizes.
why wait until
you’re dying?

What do you want your life
to represent?

How do you want to be
remembered?
One day I sat down and wrote two versions of my obituary. The first was the one that I wanted to have. I thought
of the obituaries that I enjoyed reading, the people that I admired. They were the adventurers and risk-takers…
They lived life with a greediness for new experiences, and gumption, and a gung-ho attitude that defied the attempts
of naysayers and nigglers to pigeonhole them or put them down. These people really knew how to live. The second
version was the obituary that I was heading for – a conventional, ordinary life – pleasant and with its moments of
excitement, but always within the safe confines of normality. – Roz Savage
a hero is driven by a controlling idea
that shapes the meaning of their story
it’s not your job title or job description that’s
gets you moving
unless something compels us, we’re not
going to risk the dragon gap




current reality                          future reality
controlling idea
a single sentence describing how and why life undergoes
change from one condition of existence at the beginning
to another at the end
purpose enables us to overcome fear, conquer
dragons, and persevere despite the naysayers
a job title is one aspect of WHAT you do

                        WHAT


                        HOW

chicken picker
blackjack dealer
                        WHY
night desk clerk
program manager
legislative assistant
technical writer
usability specialist
product designer
manager
director
                                     How great leaders inspire action, Simon Sinek
a job description is (sort of) HOW you do it

                       WHAT


                       HOW



research
                       WHY
facilitate
listen
design
write
explore
teach
tell stories
discover stories
WHY do you do it? WHY are you here? WHY do
you get out of bed every morning? WHY should
anybody care?         WHAT


                            HOW




                            WHY

bring more empathy,
emotion and design
into a world dominated
by rational machine
thinking, helping to free
inner designers, artists,
and storytellers
purpose gets your elephant moving
inspires
provides meaning
shapes strategic choices     rider    our emotional brain
                                      (95%)
sparks imagination
focuses
allows for emergence

                           elephant
                              WHY




                                      our rational brain
                                      (5%)
purpose
controlling idea         dream
And of course, it was then, and only then, that
the outside world started paying attention.
@gapingvoid
because purpose attracts



                       Tatters:) flickr
find your purpose
 Write your obituary based on how you are living your life right
 now, assuming no risk.

 Give your inner critic a time out. Answer the question “What
 would I do if I knew I couldn’t fail?” What do you want people
 to remember or do as a result of your life story? Write a
 second obituary assuming you are living that life.
even with purpose, it can be hard to get your
hero moving
that’s where an inciting incident comes in
I have a bad back




throw out back 3rd
 time in 3 months
2 pager on sun
salutations in Canadian
         Living
What does it mean to be
         fit?
I am fit
a turning point revealing the
need to change


                                Scott Hudson, flickr
something happens
to get you moving
cog in the machine




not a key
employee
boss from hell




                 Always. Everyone. Everywhere.
What does it mean to make
something customers would
           love?
designer
of experiences
yearning to
travel
no time, money, family
obligations… no travel
hey, free
Mandarin lessons
What does it mean to
experience another
     culture?
explorer seeking experiences
              to learn to see
incite yourself
  set a trigger
  book a date
  say yes
  announce it
  jump in the deep end
beware the resistance
whispering (shouting) in your hero’s ear
fear of dragons kicks your lizard brain into high gear
a hero develops a growth mindset

                     I
                     I determine my world. I am responsible
                     for me. I can choose.

                     I statements allow me to be in control,
                     put the focus on my awareness, make me
jimmyharris flickr
                     independent, assume my ability to choose
a hero plays with assumptions
                                nattu flickr
a hero acts
if you let your lizard brain have it’s way, you convert
  yourself from hero into victim needing saving




Refusal of the summons converts the adventure into its
negative. Walled in boredom, hard work, or "culture," the
subject loses the power of significant affirmative action and
becomes a victim to be saved. His flowering world becomes a
wasteland of dry stones and his life feels meaningless.
– Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth

                                                                Lel4nd flickr
a victim has a fixed mindset

         .         they
                   The world happens to me. They are
                   responsible for... They prevent me from…

                   They statements assume power is in them,
                   put the focus outside myself, make me
                   dependent, assume my subordinance
a victim is chained by their assumptions
a victim reacts
Editors are not the enemy; critics are not the
enemy. Resistance is the enemy. The battle is
inside our own heads.
– Steven Pressfield, War of Art
Put this program into action, a thousand times:

a) identify the negative feelings in you;
b) understand that they are in you, not in the
   world, not in external reality;
c) do not see them as an essential part of "I";
   these things come and go;
d) understand that when you change, everything
   changes.

– Anthony de Mello, Awareness
a hero’s quest is NOT a neatly plotted plan
by this point
in your life,
you
should…
controlling idea


I distrust plot for two reasons: first, because
our lives are largely plotless, even when you
add in all our reasonable precautions and
careful planning; and second, because I believe
plotting and the spontaneity of real creation
aren't compatible. A strong enough situation
renders the whole question of plot moot.
– Stephen King
clear
                                                  predictable
present
                                                      future

A                                                        B
          step 1   step 2   step 3   step 4   step 5
planning assumes a predictable future based on past experiences
a capacity for prediction we don’t possess




                                                                  seanmcgrath, flickr
life is messy
?


                                                                         ?


                unexpected obstacles will appear                         ?


                                                                         ?


                                                                         ?
assumptions may be wrong                           final destination is unclear

A                                                                        ?
the hero learns, grows, and changes along
their journey, altering both the journey and
the final destination
since you can’t predict the future, you need to
prototype, play, experiment to learn
                                         unpredictable
                                               future




 A                                           fuzzy
                                             goal
                                               B



                                              Gamestorming, Dave Gray
the only way I can get anything
written at all is to write really, really
shitty first drafts
– Anne Lamott
future story
                  (obit)




shitty first
  drafts



A

                B
great stories aren’t written according to a plan




                                             Illustration by Kim Sokol
Doesn’t that sound neat, to implement a story, rather
than implement a plan? I don’t know about you but I
get tired of implementing plans. Plans always feel like
they keep you in a box. A story is something else. It’s
pulsing. It’s breathing. It’s alive!
– Madelyn Blair
pose what if questions
What if vampires invaded a small New England
village? Salem's Lot

What if I had only 37 days to let to live?
Life is a Verb, Patti Digh

What if ______________________
heroes learn to see
changing the world by becoming aware
CFO
how do I see this person?


 NOT
 seeing
I’ve got a thankless role with
the diciest risk/reward ratio of
any job short of a Navy Seal.
How will you
help me
make
money or
reduce costs?




                              seeing
How does this person see themselves and their situation?   Todd Baker << technowannabe flickr
Large Plastic Bag
Grand Canyon
Mute   Aleutian
Pretzel Man
This wasn’t
Large Plastic Bag
Grand Canyon Mute
Aleutian Pretzel Man
this was a real person with a name and
a history and stories that make him
laugh and cry. He was a who, not a
what, just like me. – Patti Digh


                                   Say Hi to Yaron
when you’re listening or observing, pay
attention to how you’re reacting, what you’re
thinking, how you’re judging
If there’s a message
to my work, it is
ultimately that it’s
okay to be different,
that it’s good to be
different, that we
should question
ourselves before we
pass judgment on
someone who looks
different, behaves
different, talks
different, is a
different color.
– Johnny Depp
how do you learn to see? to find the story?
ask questions to understand
What do they

                                                     THINK & FEEL & FEAR?
                                                         what really counts
                                                        major preoccupations
                                                              worries &
                                                             aspirations

          What do they                                                                               What do they

             HEAR?                                                                                         SEE?
                  boss                                                                              environment
              colleagues                                                                               friends
              influencers                                                                            colleagues
                friends                                                                            what work offers


empathy (magic if)                                         What do they

who are they? what if I were in their situation?          SAY & DO?
                                                         attitude in public
                                                            appearance
                                                      behavior towards others

                             PAIN                                                            GAIN
                  fears | frustrations | obstacles                         wants/needs | measures of success | obstacles
                                                                                                                www.gogamestorm.com
curiosity
why? why is it the way it is?

                                mikebaird flickr
play
explore the possible




                       Stuart Brown, Play is More than Fun
conversations
mixing different voices with your own




The family is shaped by the direction in which it points its conversation. It can focus on its
memories and basically keep on saying: “this is the way we are, this is what the different
members of the family have done and are doing.” Or it may treat itself as a base from which its
members set out to explore the outside world, and to which they return with something new to
say, so that conversation is constantly enriched by outside as well as inside happenings. We
become the prisoners of our families, our genes, our memories, only if we wish to be prisoners. It
is by conversations with others, by mixing different voices with our own, that we can turn our
individual life into an original work of art.
– Theodore Zeldin, Conversation
art
make objects that talk and then listen to them
experimentation
break boundaries and pursue unexplored
avenues of thought




                                         -ilonQua- on Gosia Janik, flickr
experience the future
explore life as it might be




                              Patricia Moore, Experiencing the Future
asshole! (assumptions leads to judgment)
    man in suit sitting in chair    lines and relationships
    (assumptions get in the way)    (see past assumptions)




flip focus
change the frame to change the meaning                        mom? (flipping focus reframes meaning)


                                                                                                         Asurroca, flickr
Open your eyes and focus on whatever you observed before – that plant or leaf or
dandelion. Look it in the eye, until you feel it looking back at you. Feel that you are
alone with it on Earth! That it is the most important thing in the universe, that it
contains all the riddle of life and death. It does! You are no longer looking, you are

SEEING…
– The Zen of Seeing, by Frederick Franck




                                                                                          Neal, flickr
This power is in the focus. The act of observing, in
and of itself, makes a difference, in the material
world. Learning a new language, for example, is
relatively easy; it's just that you have to stop
paying attention to your current language to create
the new circuits.
– Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz
becoming aware is about learning to see past

our assumptions
our judgments
the lenses we use to frame the world
all authors need to heavily edit their work
Our experience quite literally is defined by our assumptions about life. We make
stories about the world and to a large degree live out their plots. What our lives
are like depends to great extent on the script we consciously, or more likely,
unconsciously, have adopted.
– Carol Pearson, The Hero Within
an edited backstory gives a more powerful
              foundation for the future story



             shinealight, flickr        matzoball stambler, flickr             Rex Pe, flickr

yearbook designer                  athlete                           teacher
if you’re not happy with your backstory, edit it
until it provides you with the emotional weight you
need to support you on your journey




                                             Pink Sherbet Photography, flickr
If the writer reinvents character, he must
reinvent story. A changed character must make
new choices, take different actions, and live
another story – his story.
– Robert McKee
freewriting…
Remember back to [youth | last year…] to
a time when you were doing something fun or
exciting. Don’t think. Just write for 5 minutes
without taking your hands of the keyboard.
to wrap
When organizations, causes, brands or individuals
identify and develop a

core story,
they create and display authentic meaning and
purpose that others can believe in, participate with,
and share. This is the basis for cultural and social
change.
– Pamela Rutledge
each piece of art* you create along your
journey
enlarges your reality
enlarges the reality of your audience (calling their belief systems into question)
infuses itself into the myths that shape our understanding of the world

*podcast, blog post, tweet, story, presentation, meeting, infographic, conversation, workshop, garden…
that’s why Plato tried to have storytellers expelled
as dangerous people who wrap seductive, emotionally charged ideas in story
if you focus on your hero’s character
learning to see
& discover a controlling idea for your life story
purpose & meaning

the plot will write itself
the hero is already within you
stop waiting. start writing.
NOW
         compound
         interest




      simple
      interest
writer’s block?

just start!
(remember, shitty first drafts)
Treat it like an adventure. An adventure
worth sharing.
@gapingvoid
              your life story
the hero is within you
                                      by learning to see
                     you become author of your life story

                               you will encounter dragons
           each dragon you slay creates meaningful change
to recap
                               with purpose powering you
                          you push forward on your quest
                           one shitty first draft at a time

                                       you won’t be alone
                                  because purpose attracts
                                          creating change
The Hero with a Thousand Faces & The Power of Myth, Joseph Campbell
                      Getting Things Done When You Are Not In Charge, Geoffrey Bellman
                                                           Your Brain at Work, David Rock
                                                                          Story, Robert McKee
                                                    Art & Fear, David Bayles & Ted Orland
                                                                   Life is a Verb, Patti Digh
                                                        The Story Factor, Annette Simmons
                                                                                  @gapingvoid
                                                                   Tell to Win, Peter Gruber
credits                                                        Start with Why, Simon Sinek
                                                             The Power of Story, Jim Loehr
                                                              Awareness, Anthony De Mello
                                                                   Stephen King, On Writing
                                                                   Bird by Bird, Ann Lamott
                                                                         Seth Godin, Linchpin
                                                                  Switch, Dan & Chip Heath
                                                          Predictably Irrational, Dan Ariely
                            Art of Possibility, Rosamund Stone Zander & Benjamin Zander
                              Influencer: The Power to Change Everything, Kerry Patterson
                            First Break All the Rules, Marcus Buckingham & Curt Coffman
          How the Way We Talk Can Change the Way We Work, Robert Kegan & Lisa Lahey
@joyce_hostyn

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authoring a hero's journey: finding meaning through story

  • 1. authoring a hero’s journey finding meaning through story
  • 2. Heroes take journeys, confront dragons, and discover the treasure of their true selves – Carol Pearson Carta Marina by Olaus Magnus (1490-1557)
  • 3. we mold memories about the past and shape daydreams about the future into archplots to give them vivid shape
  • 5. then the hero wants something (aka object of desire) be a presenter life is normal, predictable
  • 6. leading to the dragon gap between current & desired reality here be dragons current reality future reality
  • 7. the hero sets out on a journey current manner of new manner of being | doing being | doing
  • 8. experiencing progressively greater risks will I choke? OMG, I’m committed… does anyone really care what I think? what should I talk about? how can I get an abstract accepted? at times things will REALLY suck simplified hero’s journey modified from Kathy Sierra’s Where there’s passion, there are stories
  • 9. creating meaningful change as they overcome each obstacle naked/not naked quit/don’t quit face pain of rejection, risk of acceptance never presented, ok I’m a presenter with that
  • 10. once they succeed in crossing the dragon gap, they achieve a new normal (at least until the next stage of the journey) I’m a presenter life is normal, predictable once again
  • 11. why risk it? (who in their right mind wants to face dragons)
  • 12. Frequently, in the life of a priest, fifty years' experience is one year's experience repeated fifty times. You get the same solutions to fall back on... Wisdom is to be sensitive to this situation, to this person, uninfluenced by any carryover from the past, without residue from the experience of the past. – Anthony de Mello, Awareness life is normal, predictable
  • 13. we each, in our own way, want to make a difference finding meaning in the story that is our life
  • 14. any serious creative requires serious meditation of death @gapingvoid The Top 5 Regrets People Have on their Deathbed
  • 15. If only I’d had the courage to fulfill my dreams, living a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me
  • 16. If only I hadn’t worked so hard, stuck on a treadmill
  • 17. If only I’d had the courage to express my feelings Meanest Indian, flickr
  • 18. If only I’d stayed in touch with my friends, spending more time with the people I love Kash_if, flickr
  • 19. If only I’d let myself be happier, laughing properly, allowing silliness
  • 20. If only. Those must be the two saddest words in the world. – Mercedes Lackey
  • 21. « le marchand de la mort est mort » When his brother died, a French newspaper mistakenly ran an obituary of Alfred Noble referring to him as the merchant of death. A pacifist at heart, he didn’t want to be remembered as the merchant of death. He wrote himself a new obituary by creating the Nobel Prizes.
  • 22. why wait until you’re dying? What do you want your life to represent? How do you want to be remembered?
  • 23. One day I sat down and wrote two versions of my obituary. The first was the one that I wanted to have. I thought of the obituaries that I enjoyed reading, the people that I admired. They were the adventurers and risk-takers… They lived life with a greediness for new experiences, and gumption, and a gung-ho attitude that defied the attempts of naysayers and nigglers to pigeonhole them or put them down. These people really knew how to live. The second version was the obituary that I was heading for – a conventional, ordinary life – pleasant and with its moments of excitement, but always within the safe confines of normality. – Roz Savage
  • 24. a hero is driven by a controlling idea that shapes the meaning of their story
  • 25. it’s not your job title or job description that’s gets you moving
  • 26.
  • 27. unless something compels us, we’re not going to risk the dragon gap current reality future reality
  • 28. controlling idea a single sentence describing how and why life undergoes change from one condition of existence at the beginning to another at the end
  • 29. purpose enables us to overcome fear, conquer dragons, and persevere despite the naysayers
  • 30. a job title is one aspect of WHAT you do WHAT HOW chicken picker blackjack dealer WHY night desk clerk program manager legislative assistant technical writer usability specialist product designer manager director How great leaders inspire action, Simon Sinek
  • 31. a job description is (sort of) HOW you do it WHAT HOW research WHY facilitate listen design write explore teach tell stories discover stories
  • 32. WHY do you do it? WHY are you here? WHY do you get out of bed every morning? WHY should anybody care? WHAT HOW WHY bring more empathy, emotion and design into a world dominated by rational machine thinking, helping to free inner designers, artists, and storytellers
  • 33. purpose gets your elephant moving inspires provides meaning shapes strategic choices rider our emotional brain (95%) sparks imagination focuses allows for emergence elephant WHY our rational brain (5%)
  • 35.
  • 36. And of course, it was then, and only then, that the outside world started paying attention. @gapingvoid
  • 37. because purpose attracts Tatters:) flickr
  • 38. find your purpose Write your obituary based on how you are living your life right now, assuming no risk. Give your inner critic a time out. Answer the question “What would I do if I knew I couldn’t fail?” What do you want people to remember or do as a result of your life story? Write a second obituary assuming you are living that life.
  • 39. even with purpose, it can be hard to get your hero moving that’s where an inciting incident comes in
  • 40. I have a bad back throw out back 3rd time in 3 months
  • 41. 2 pager on sun salutations in Canadian Living
  • 42. What does it mean to be fit?
  • 44. a turning point revealing the need to change Scott Hudson, flickr
  • 46. cog in the machine not a key employee
  • 47. boss from hell Always. Everyone. Everywhere.
  • 48. What does it mean to make something customers would love?
  • 51. no time, money, family obligations… no travel
  • 53. What does it mean to experience another culture?
  • 54. explorer seeking experiences to learn to see
  • 55. incite yourself set a trigger book a date say yes announce it jump in the deep end
  • 56. beware the resistance whispering (shouting) in your hero’s ear
  • 57.
  • 58. fear of dragons kicks your lizard brain into high gear
  • 59. a hero develops a growth mindset I I determine my world. I am responsible for me. I can choose. I statements allow me to be in control, put the focus on my awareness, make me jimmyharris flickr independent, assume my ability to choose
  • 60. a hero plays with assumptions nattu flickr
  • 62. if you let your lizard brain have it’s way, you convert yourself from hero into victim needing saving Refusal of the summons converts the adventure into its negative. Walled in boredom, hard work, or "culture," the subject loses the power of significant affirmative action and becomes a victim to be saved. His flowering world becomes a wasteland of dry stones and his life feels meaningless. – Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth Lel4nd flickr
  • 63. a victim has a fixed mindset . they The world happens to me. They are responsible for... They prevent me from… They statements assume power is in them, put the focus outside myself, make me dependent, assume my subordinance
  • 64. a victim is chained by their assumptions
  • 66. Editors are not the enemy; critics are not the enemy. Resistance is the enemy. The battle is inside our own heads. – Steven Pressfield, War of Art
  • 67.
  • 68. Put this program into action, a thousand times: a) identify the negative feelings in you; b) understand that they are in you, not in the world, not in external reality; c) do not see them as an essential part of "I"; these things come and go; d) understand that when you change, everything changes. – Anthony de Mello, Awareness
  • 69. a hero’s quest is NOT a neatly plotted plan
  • 70. by this point in your life, you should…
  • 71. controlling idea I distrust plot for two reasons: first, because our lives are largely plotless, even when you add in all our reasonable precautions and careful planning; and second, because I believe plotting and the spontaneity of real creation aren't compatible. A strong enough situation renders the whole question of plot moot. – Stephen King
  • 72. clear predictable present future A B step 1 step 2 step 3 step 4 step 5
  • 73. planning assumes a predictable future based on past experiences a capacity for prediction we don’t possess seanmcgrath, flickr
  • 75. ? ? unexpected obstacles will appear ? ? ? assumptions may be wrong final destination is unclear A ?
  • 76. the hero learns, grows, and changes along their journey, altering both the journey and the final destination
  • 77. since you can’t predict the future, you need to prototype, play, experiment to learn unpredictable future A fuzzy goal B Gamestorming, Dave Gray
  • 78. the only way I can get anything written at all is to write really, really shitty first drafts – Anne Lamott
  • 79. future story (obit) shitty first drafts A B
  • 80. great stories aren’t written according to a plan Illustration by Kim Sokol
  • 81. Doesn’t that sound neat, to implement a story, rather than implement a plan? I don’t know about you but I get tired of implementing plans. Plans always feel like they keep you in a box. A story is something else. It’s pulsing. It’s breathing. It’s alive! – Madelyn Blair
  • 82. pose what if questions What if vampires invaded a small New England village? Salem's Lot What if I had only 37 days to let to live? Life is a Verb, Patti Digh What if ______________________
  • 83. heroes learn to see changing the world by becoming aware
  • 84. CFO how do I see this person? NOT seeing
  • 85. I’ve got a thankless role with the diciest risk/reward ratio of any job short of a Navy Seal. How will you help me make money or reduce costs? seeing How does this person see themselves and their situation? Todd Baker << technowannabe flickr
  • 86. Large Plastic Bag Grand Canyon Mute Aleutian Pretzel Man
  • 87. This wasn’t Large Plastic Bag Grand Canyon Mute Aleutian Pretzel Man this was a real person with a name and a history and stories that make him laugh and cry. He was a who, not a what, just like me. – Patti Digh Say Hi to Yaron
  • 88. when you’re listening or observing, pay attention to how you’re reacting, what you’re thinking, how you’re judging
  • 89. If there’s a message to my work, it is ultimately that it’s okay to be different, that it’s good to be different, that we should question ourselves before we pass judgment on someone who looks different, behaves different, talks different, is a different color. – Johnny Depp
  • 90. how do you learn to see? to find the story? ask questions to understand
  • 91. What do they THINK & FEEL & FEAR? what really counts major preoccupations worries & aspirations What do they What do they HEAR? SEE? boss environment colleagues friends influencers colleagues friends what work offers empathy (magic if) What do they who are they? what if I were in their situation? SAY & DO? attitude in public appearance behavior towards others PAIN GAIN fears | frustrations | obstacles wants/needs | measures of success | obstacles www.gogamestorm.com
  • 92. curiosity why? why is it the way it is? mikebaird flickr
  • 93. play explore the possible Stuart Brown, Play is More than Fun
  • 94. conversations mixing different voices with your own The family is shaped by the direction in which it points its conversation. It can focus on its memories and basically keep on saying: “this is the way we are, this is what the different members of the family have done and are doing.” Or it may treat itself as a base from which its members set out to explore the outside world, and to which they return with something new to say, so that conversation is constantly enriched by outside as well as inside happenings. We become the prisoners of our families, our genes, our memories, only if we wish to be prisoners. It is by conversations with others, by mixing different voices with our own, that we can turn our individual life into an original work of art. – Theodore Zeldin, Conversation
  • 95. art make objects that talk and then listen to them
  • 96. experimentation break boundaries and pursue unexplored avenues of thought -ilonQua- on Gosia Janik, flickr
  • 97. experience the future explore life as it might be Patricia Moore, Experiencing the Future
  • 98. asshole! (assumptions leads to judgment) man in suit sitting in chair lines and relationships (assumptions get in the way) (see past assumptions) flip focus change the frame to change the meaning mom? (flipping focus reframes meaning) Asurroca, flickr
  • 99. Open your eyes and focus on whatever you observed before – that plant or leaf or dandelion. Look it in the eye, until you feel it looking back at you. Feel that you are alone with it on Earth! That it is the most important thing in the universe, that it contains all the riddle of life and death. It does! You are no longer looking, you are SEEING… – The Zen of Seeing, by Frederick Franck Neal, flickr
  • 100. This power is in the focus. The act of observing, in and of itself, makes a difference, in the material world. Learning a new language, for example, is relatively easy; it's just that you have to stop paying attention to your current language to create the new circuits. – Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz
  • 101. becoming aware is about learning to see past our assumptions our judgments the lenses we use to frame the world
  • 102. all authors need to heavily edit their work
  • 103. Our experience quite literally is defined by our assumptions about life. We make stories about the world and to a large degree live out their plots. What our lives are like depends to great extent on the script we consciously, or more likely, unconsciously, have adopted. – Carol Pearson, The Hero Within
  • 104. an edited backstory gives a more powerful foundation for the future story shinealight, flickr matzoball stambler, flickr Rex Pe, flickr yearbook designer athlete teacher
  • 105. if you’re not happy with your backstory, edit it until it provides you with the emotional weight you need to support you on your journey Pink Sherbet Photography, flickr
  • 106. If the writer reinvents character, he must reinvent story. A changed character must make new choices, take different actions, and live another story – his story. – Robert McKee
  • 107. freewriting… Remember back to [youth | last year…] to a time when you were doing something fun or exciting. Don’t think. Just write for 5 minutes without taking your hands of the keyboard.
  • 109. When organizations, causes, brands or individuals identify and develop a core story, they create and display authentic meaning and purpose that others can believe in, participate with, and share. This is the basis for cultural and social change. – Pamela Rutledge
  • 110. each piece of art* you create along your journey enlarges your reality enlarges the reality of your audience (calling their belief systems into question) infuses itself into the myths that shape our understanding of the world *podcast, blog post, tweet, story, presentation, meeting, infographic, conversation, workshop, garden…
  • 111. that’s why Plato tried to have storytellers expelled as dangerous people who wrap seductive, emotionally charged ideas in story
  • 112. if you focus on your hero’s character learning to see & discover a controlling idea for your life story purpose & meaning the plot will write itself
  • 113. the hero is already within you stop waiting. start writing.
  • 114. NOW compound interest simple interest
  • 116. Treat it like an adventure. An adventure worth sharing. @gapingvoid your life story
  • 117. the hero is within you by learning to see you become author of your life story you will encounter dragons each dragon you slay creates meaningful change to recap with purpose powering you you push forward on your quest one shitty first draft at a time you won’t be alone because purpose attracts creating change
  • 118. The Hero with a Thousand Faces & The Power of Myth, Joseph Campbell Getting Things Done When You Are Not In Charge, Geoffrey Bellman Your Brain at Work, David Rock Story, Robert McKee Art & Fear, David Bayles & Ted Orland Life is a Verb, Patti Digh The Story Factor, Annette Simmons @gapingvoid Tell to Win, Peter Gruber credits Start with Why, Simon Sinek The Power of Story, Jim Loehr Awareness, Anthony De Mello Stephen King, On Writing Bird by Bird, Ann Lamott Seth Godin, Linchpin Switch, Dan & Chip Heath Predictably Irrational, Dan Ariely Art of Possibility, Rosamund Stone Zander & Benjamin Zander Influencer: The Power to Change Everything, Kerry Patterson First Break All the Rules, Marcus Buckingham & Curt Coffman How the Way We Talk Can Change the Way We Work, Robert Kegan & Lisa Lahey
  • 119. @joyce_hostyn jhostyn@opentext.com stay in touch slideshare.net/joyce_hostyn joycehostyn.com/blog