An explanation of Joseph Campbell’s Monomyth, which is more popularly known as ‘The Hero’s Journey’, using examples from scenes in Star Wars, Happy Potter & The Wizard of Oz
A talk by Hero Journeys creator John P Morgan on the three key ingredients to having passion in your life.
Recorded in London, UK on 16th June 2011. This video has 30,000+ YouTube views.
Audio version is a bit longer as it includes a Q&A at the end.
I’m going to hold the mic because I definitely cannot stand still. I have far too much passion. [Laughter]
Matt mentioned that I studied physics. It’s true. I’m really into solving problems. It’s my thing. It’s what I like to do. I like to figure stuff out. People often ask me why I don’t use my physics degree. Actually, I use it every day as I’m doing what I love to do. Because for me, physics is just about solving problems, and figuring things out, and creating systems. And what I want to share with you tonight is a way to systematize having a passionate life.
Joseph Campbell’s monomyth, or the hero’s journey, is a basic pattern that its proponents argue is found in many narratives from around the world.
This diagram outlines the fundamental structures and stages that Campbell held numerous myths from disparate times and regions share.
“A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.”
Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces
An abbreviated version of Benjamin Bidlack’s talk “The Hero’s Journey in Modern Life”, given at the Mindshare LA conference in Los Angeles on 18 April 18 2010.
Benjamin talks about how all of the great stories throughout history have common stages, scenarios and characters, and how those apply to our lives, here and now, whether it’s a party we’re going to, or achieving our dreams.
Are you following someone else’s path in search of your own purpose?
This is a talk I gave for my partners at Redefine Us on using social media. The focus of the talk was on creating real human connections online as opposed to the more common themes of using technical tools or social media marketing strategy. Talk sponsored by MessageBase.
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In this talk I explain how to find your passion in life. (Emphasis will make sense when you watch.)
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