How To Be A Hero - Why Do We Love Heroes So Much?

Why is acting scripts plays skits heroes superheroes that we love Heroes so much? Why do we watch films and read books and listen to stories of people who overcome difficult situations? Who step into the battle and fight valiantly? Who face their fears and display courage, even when the odds are against them?
Because that’s that we all aspire to be.
Joseph Campbell summarized a frequent story that is followed by personalities from ancient mythological stories through modern day films. He considered that, not only are people drawn to this story, but which we all have the capability to live it.

Let me introduce you.
Joseph Campbell was a 20th Century mythologist, educator, and philosopher. He was an influential thought leader and writer who wrote many novels.
There is a film, Finding Joe, that investigates Campbell’s ideas about the Hero’s Journey. I strongly suggest it! It features modern day philosophers, spiritual leaders and writers like Deepak Chopra and Ken Robinson as well as musicians, professional athletes, and even my old manager from the Foundation.

The Hero’s Journey

From the movie, author Alen Cohen states”We’re not separate from the figures we see in our stories and in our novels. They’re us. It’s one journey.”
The hero’s journey is defined by a few key elements. To begin with, there’s a separation along with a call to adventure. On the way, he encounters challenges and temptations, and eventually he should face death (either physically or metaphorically). It’s by beating that experience that they are reborn and transformed. Then they’ve earned the name of”Hero.”
There are whole books written about this, so I’m summarizing here. But the point is that the story line is exactly the same, even though the details can be dramatically different.
The Creative And Entrepreneurial Call
There are lots of distinct”calls to adventure” that can jump start a hero’s journey. And we could experience it in a life. From the movie, some of the instigators were physical challenges such as a loony skateboarding trick. Occasionally they are push, like a serious medical condition or tragic experience. There can be geographic separation, such as moving to a new place, culture or country.