Today we are called to face the future with renewed vigor and determination. To evolve from the linear and conformist mindset with which we were indoctrinated to be obedient servants, to take the hero’s way, which means assuming our own greatness, putting ourselves in difficult situations, challenging and growing and then returning to occupy the position that truly aligns with us in life.
The structure of the hero path described in Joseph Campbell’s book consists of twelve steps. Here I will make a brief and apply it to the business world.
- We start by acknowledging reality.
- We are called to adventure.
- Meet our guide.
- We encounter obstacles in the way and spoil us.
- We assume our greatness
- Finally, we can conquer the life that corresponds to us
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Let me illustrate the hero’s journey in the context of the company.
acknowledgment of reality Take, for example, a department within a large corporation. Suppose they are members of a service support or human resources field. Areas that, due to the same dynamics of process automation in the company, have become simple cogs inside a rigid machine. Departments that many organizations no longer see as areas that add value, but as a responsibility that generates a cost, and should be phased out as quickly as possible.
Under this situation, the members of the district feel frustrated, discouraged and underappreciated. At the same time they feel threatened.
Invitation to adventure This discomfort becomes an invitation to adventure. They see that the world is changing and that the future threatens to overpower them if they remain the same. It is clear that everything that can be regulated will be regulated.
And how is life, at the moment when one opens up to new possibilities, the mentor appears. The group wonders what to do?
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One member commented that he read about a powerful new movement in the business world that is helping to transform businesses. It uses the latest cognitive, social, and emotional science to educate, empower, and empower employees to embrace their greatness and together find new and better ways to collaborate and inject greater value and dynamism into the company.
Obstacles and spoilers present themselves
Members are enthusiastic and want to apply this knowledge and methodology in the company. But as expected, the group encountered obstacles along the way. There is a well-established system that opposes change. Faced with this rejection, the group goes through the night of the dark soul. All this power of the existing systems makes them doubt their ability to change and build that new reality that they yearn and need.
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But the pain of staying the same has already overcome the pain of change and they decide to take responsibility for their own growth. They see that the movement confirms that success leaves its mark. That there are millions of people who have found themselves in the same situation and have been able to change and build the lives they deserve and yearn for. They concluded that if they also assumed their greatness and followed the footsteps of success left by these people in tracing the path, they too would reach a good destination.
They take 100% responsibility for their future, organize themselves and begin to study and apply the tools of today’s success in their lives and work:
- They begin by studying and applying the principles of emotional resilience and positive intelligence, which gives them the strength to keep going.
- Then they study the arts and sciences of communication, marketing and presentation and prepare for selling.
- At the same time, they study business principles to be able to speak the language of top management and to be able to structure a value proposition that is a real win-win for all.
- Finally, they study the principles of leadership and collaboration so they know how to lead, motivate and make sure they don’t demand momentum.
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To face and embrace change, you allow yourself to be vulnerable. They appease their egos and help each other out. They become growth companions and foster mutual learning and collaboration. They look for others on the team who complement each other’s strengths and weaknesses and become an unstoppable team.
Now yes, with that strength, vision and renewed purpose, they are ready to take on the challenges of the present and build the future together.
Always before every great change, every great idea, there is resistance. And the bigger and more important it was, the more fear it generated among those in power.
That is why we must never forget that in life one first assumes one’s greatness, in order to prepare ourselves and become what we want to be in order to be recognized.
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And so it was with this case. Once the group gathers, learns and demonstrates the value of knowledge, perseverance, and purpose, opponents become allies and promoters. The area is no longer seen as a cost. Now, with learning about the business and their ability to analyze and communicate, they have ceased to be takers and become value-adding advisors and mentors. Likewise, his leadership, vision and flexibility became a driver of change and growth for the entire company which helped reduce employee turnover and improve profitability. This has resulted in more recognition, opportunity, growth and money for the group.
Today, we must walk the hero’s path, injecting new purpose into our lives and work. Remember, the future awaits us with open arms because we assume our greatness, collaborate, and generate more value than we extract from the system.
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Mac is an entrepreneur with a vision and a thought leader on how to build the future we are happy to live in. It teaches companies, associations, and governments to better face the future, assume its greatness, and make a difference in the world.
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