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Introduction


We have not even to risk the adventure alone, for the heroes of all time have gone before us – the labyrinth is thoroughly known. We have only to follow the thread of the hero path, and where we had thought to find an abomination, we shall find a god; where we had thought to slay another, we shall slay ourselves; where we had thought to travel outward, we shall come to the center of our own existence. And where we had thought to be alone, we shall be with all the world.
- Joseph Campbell

Much has changed about the Doctor over the years but much has remained the same. He is still impulsive, idealistic, ready to risk his life for a worthy cause. He still hates tyranny and oppression and anything that is anti-life. He never gives in and he never gives up, however overwhelming the odds against him. The Doctor believes in good and fights evil. Though often caught up in violent situations, he is a man of peace. He is never cruel or cowardly. In fact, to put it simply, the Doctor is a hero.
- Terrance Dicks

The central character in your Hero’s Journey is you.
- Malcolm Ferrier

James Bond, Luke Skywalker, the Doctors (Jones, Who, Savage, Strange). MacGyver. The Pretender and Jason Bourne. Mulder and Scully. Sarah Connor. Ripley. Neo and Frodo. Sherlock Holmes and the Prisoner. Jack Bauer. Jet Li and Bruce Lee. Bruce Wayne and Peter Parker. The Seven Samurai.

You’re in good company.

Heroism is the art of doing the right thing. Being calm and courageous under adverse conditions. Having your life so together you can help other people. That’s how this course will help. It will free up the part of you that adds value to the people around you. And to add value to the people around you, you will need to be exactly where you want to be: Living a life of heroism.

The Hero’s Journey is an archetypal template built into our psyche. All over the globe, unrelated cultures have developed heroic mythologies that follow the same pattern. Popularized by Joseph Campbell, the Hero’s Journey follows a number of stages. For the purposes of this course, they are:

Over the 12 weeks of this course, you will undergo a journey that will allow you to become your best self. Each week will be dedicated to one of the stages listed above. Through weekly exercises and meditation tracks, you will have the opportunity to delve deeper into your spirit and uncover the foundation of your heroic self.

Hero Moments

There are examples from movies and popular culture in each week of this course called Hero Moments. These are the moments in a Hero’s story that illustrate the essence of a particular stage of the Hero’s Journey.

For example, in Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones swims out to the Nazi sub and puts himself in peril to save Marion and recover the Ark. In The Empire Strikes Back, Luke Skywalker turns off his lightsaber and refuses kill his father and surrender to the dark side. In just about every James Bond movie, Bond ignores his orders and saves the girl/world (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, The Living Daylights, etc.)

These are pure examples of the Hero’s spirit, and each of the Hero Moments that follow will help to show the meaning of that week’s stage.

Heroic Exercises and Resources

At the end of each chapter are a series of exercises that will help you to apply the ideas for that week’s stage of the Hero’s Journey. These exercises will include tips that will make a particular concept easier to understand or use. There are also optional suggested resources that help to further illustrate the week's material.

A Note about Technology

Every technique and tool in this program is recommended because I use them. I made an agreement with myself while creating this material to not suggest anything I don’t believe in, agree with, or use personally. However, sometimes I want the future to be here so badly that I’m pulling it towards myself like a tug-of-war rope. In this course I recommend a number of self-development technology tools (including binaural beat theory upon which the meditation audio tracks are based) but I want to make it clear that everything in this course can be achieved without these tools. Technology is meant to be a helper, not a master, so keep in mind that although these tools may help to achieve a goal, they are not required to do so. The main factor is your commitment to your own learning and growth.

A Note about Gender

Although this program is intended for both genders and I’ve included as many examples of women on the Hero’s Journey as possible, there are more examples of men in the Hero Moments. This is a result of the prevalence of male protagonists in the Hero’s Journey stories in popular culture. I hope that this program will help to equalize the gender ratio of these stories, but always keep in mind that the material is equally effective whether male or female.

General Principles

  • There is no way to do anything wrong with the material in this program. Test it out, try different things, and adapt the material to suit who you are. The only way you can do anything wrong is by doing nothing.
  • Create habits. It takes a number of days to develop a new habit (the consensus is around 21 days) so try to be consistent for a few weeks before you think about quitting.
  • Reduce the Difference (see Week 2).
  • Look for Moments of Maximum Effort (see Week 4).
  • Don’t rush. Give yourself lots of time. If you fall back or revert to old habits, don’t be hard on yourself. Remember, two steps forward and one back still keeps you moving forward.
  • Fail lots. Make lots of mistakes. Failures and mistakes show you’re trying, and effort, not perfection, leads to success.
  • Aim for integrity. As Mahatma Gandhi said, “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”

Week 1

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