You know that we live in the age of infinite possibilities.

You can get your message out in the world, like never before.

You are not at the mercy of the gatekeepers.

You can have your own TV channel, your own radio or newspaper, sell your own product, teach a course or have a SaaS business, you name it…

Except that you are not quite there yet…

Ever since you read The 4 -Hour Workweek you have that damn itch. It doesn’t let you rest.

You long for the freedom an online business can give you. And you know that you have something valuable to share.

You follow the big gurus on the internet. You read their blogs, listen to their podcasts. You might have even purchased a course on how to make money online.

Sure, you achieved some success. Yet it feels like you are not any closer to your dreams.

You are stressed out. There are days when you are consumed by fear. And you think of giving up…

You were so excited at the beginning and now you don’t understand what’s happening to you.

Chances are that you are on YOUR Hero’s Journey! Let’s find it out, shall we?

Welcome to your Hero’s journey!

But wait. What is a Hero’s Journey?

The Hero’s Journey is a universal narrative pattern identified by the scholar Joseph Campbell and described in his book The Hero with a thousand faces.   The world’s religious origins, myths, follow this pattern and it is widely used in drama and story telling. It describes the typical adventure of the archetype known as the Hero, a person who goes on adventure, is tested on his way through trials and emerges from them transformed, ready to go back and bring with him the treasure he discovered.

But how does that apply to your entrepreneurial journey?

Let’s look at the stages of the Hero’s journey as described by Christopher Vogler in The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure For Writers and compare it with YOUR Hero’s Journey.

  1. The Ordinary World

The Writer’s Journey

The hero is introduced. He /She is greatly unaware of the anomalies of his or her life.

Your Hero’s Journey

Everybody told you that you have to go to university and get a decent job. Work your ass off during 30-40 years before you retire. Than you can finally begin live the life you long for. So this is what you do. Fullstop.

 

  1. The Call to Adventure

The Writer’s Journey

“Something shakes up the situation, either from external pressures or from something rising up from deep within, so the hero must face the beginnings of change.”

Your Hero’s Journey

You come across the book The 4 -Hour Workweek, and everything is called into question. You discover that there are folks out there, who have escaped the cubicle nation, who work on their own terms, have time to spend with their families or travel the world. They share their message with the world or sell products and services to help others. And deep inside you, it feels SO right. You also wish for something more and hear the call to adventure.

 

  1. Refusal of the Call

The Writer’s Journey

“The hero feels the fear of the unknown and tries to turn away from the adventure, however briefly.”

Your Hero’s Journey

You feel reluctant to answer the call. You think to yourself “It must be nice, but …” “Who would listen to me anyway?” “I am not an expert…”, and you come up with thousand other excuses why this journey isn’t for you.

 

  1. Meeting with the Mentor

The Writer’s Journey

“The hero comes across a seasoned traveller of the worlds who gives him or her training, equipment, or advice that will help on the journey.  Or the hero reaches within to a source of courage and wisdom.”

Your Hero’s Journey

Who is the seasoned traveller who has already accomplished what you aim for? Pat Flynn, Jon Morrow, Danny Iny or Dane Maxwell? You gain valuable knowledge from your mentor and feel confident to embark on the journey.

 

  1. Crossing the First Threshold

The Writer’s Journey

“The hero commits to leaving the Ordinary World and entering a new region or condition with unfamiliar rules and values.”

Your Hero’s Journey

You could have chosen to play it safe. But you didn’t. You feel excited. You stepped out of your comfort zone and ventured to a whole new territory. What is this new unknown world for you? Is it blogging, or building a SaaS or any other online business?

 

  1. Tests, Allies and Enemies

The Writer’s Journey

“The hero is tested and sorts out allegiances in the Special World.”

Your Hero’s Journey

The excitement wears off. You are on your Road of trials. You have to pitch a blogger or contact a prospect for your product. But you are downright terrified by the thought that you can be turned down. You are double guessing everything what you do. And you procrastinate just to avoid those feelings. And you think to yourself: “Do I really have what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur?” Your biggest critics exists only in your own head. You are your worst enemy.

You reach out to other aspiring entrepreneurs on this journey. Form a mastermind group or engage in Facebook groups. You realise that you are not alone with these trials.

 

  1. Approach to the Innermost Cave

The Writer’s Journey

“The hero and newfound allies prepare for the major challenge in the Special world.”

Your Hero’s Journey

With your online friends you exchange tips and strategies. Also, you become increasingly aware of your own mental blocks. This clarity helps you to move on on your entrepreneurial journey.

 

  1. The Ordeal

The Writer’s Journey

“Near the middle of the story, the hero enters a central space in the Special World and confronts death or faces his or her greatest fear.  Out of the moment of death comes a new life.”

Your Hero’s Journey

At this point you face a major failure. For a moment you question everything and think of giving up. But this is not the end of your journey. You know that a failure is only a failure if it is the last chapter of your story. But you are ready for this, because all the obstacles encountered so far prepared you for this battle.

“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.” Joseph Campbell

What was this symbolic cave you feared to enter?

 

  1. Reward

The Writer’s Journey

“The hero takes possession of the treasure won by facing death.  There may be

Your Hero’s Journey

This experience transformed you. The part of you with excessive worry, regret and frustration died. You emerge from this inner battle stronger and wiser. You learned your lesson.

 

  1. The Road Back

The Writer’s Journey

“The hero is driven to complete the adventure, leaving the Special World to be sure the treasure is brought home.  Often a chase scene signals the urgency and danger of the mission.”

Your Hero’s Journey

Your journey is not finished yet, you have not reached your dream. You have to put in practice what you learned.

 

  1. The Resurrection

The Writer’s Journey

“At the climax, the hero is severely tested once more on the threshold of home.  He or she is purified by a last sacrifice, another moment of death and rebirth, but on a higher and more complete level.  By the hero’s action, the polarities that were in conflict at the beginning are finally resolved.”

Your Hero’s Journey

Just before reaching your dream you are severely tested again. You overcome those last minute dangers and realise that your entrepreneurial journey is not only about building the business you wanted to build, making a ton of money and working on your own terms. It is a much deeper journey which gives you a chance to overcome your biggest weaknesses and grow as a person.

 

  1. Return with the Elixir

The Writer’s Journey

“The hero returns home or continues the journey, bearing some element of the treasure that has the power to transform the world as the hero has been transformed.”

Your Hero’s Journey

The entrepreneur is birthed. You return with a knowledge and an incredible experience and you are ready to share it with the world. The obstacles and failures encountered on your way take a different meaning, you see them as valuable lessons. You are ready to embark again on this journey with a new project. But this time you will experience your Hero’s Journey at a whole new level.

 

Embrace the hardship and continue your journey

So you feel overly challenged. Great!

You could have chosen to play it safe. But you didn’t.

Instead you choose to be a Hero. I am so proud of you!

You heard the call to adventure and accepted the challenge.

And now you know that your hero’s journey per definition can’t be an easy ride.

Expect to be challenged and to feel lost on the way.

Those obstacles you encounter and overcome make you grow, make you a HERO.

On this journey you will make the most amazing encounters and unravel the mysteries of your own being.

Stay on the course. Don’t give up. Conquer your fears and claim the treasure you seek.