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

Why is it that we enjoy Heroes really much? Why do we watch films and read books and listen to tales of people who overcome difficult conditions? Who step into the battle and fight valiantly? Who confront their fears and exhibit courage, even when the odds are against them?
Why?
Because that is who we all aspire to be.
Joseph Campbell outlined a frequent story that is followed by personalities from ancient mythological tales through modern day films. He called it"The Hero's Journey." He believed that, not only are people drawn to this narrative, but that we all possess the capability to live it.

Have you heard of Joseph Campbell?
Allow me to introduce you.
He had been a powerful thought leader and author who wrote many novels.
There's a movie, Finding Joe, which explores Campbell's thoughts about the Hero's Journey. I highly suggest it! It includes modern day philosophers, spiritual leaders and authors like Deepak Chopra and Ken Robinson in addition to musicians, professional athletes, and even my old boss from the Foundation.

In the movie, writer Alen Cohen states"We're not separate from the characters we see in our stories and in our books. They're us. It is 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. The hero embarks on a journey to an unknown or unfamiliar place (physically or emotionally/spiritually). Along the wayhe experiences challenges and temptations, and he must face death (either physically or metaphorically). It's by overcoming that experience that they are reborn and transformed. Then acting scripts plays skits heroes superheroes earned the title of"Hero."
There are entire books written about this, so I'm summarizing here. However, the point is that the story line is exactly the same, although the details could be dramatically different.
The Creative And Entrepreneurial Call
There are many distinct"calls to experience" that will jump start a hero's journey. And we can experience it repeatedly in a life. In the film, a few of the instigators were physical challenges like a loony skateboarding trick. Occasionally they are push, like a serious medical illness or tragic experience. There may be geographical separation, like moving to a different place, culture or country. Or a different sort of separation, like losing a job or a relationship.