Wednesday, December 11, 2019

The path you were always intended to walk

Campbell claimed the hero is simply the one who comes to know. The individual who undergoes a series of transfigurations, through which the only mystery he seeks to understand is himself. 

To gain a store of proper perspective, however, we must first gain a sense of personal trajectory. We must treat our life like the journey it is. Taking a little dramatic license, owning our role as the hero of our own story and understanding events in the context of our overall narrative. 

Otherwise we will always feel stuck in the muck and mire of daily life. 

It reminds me of an inspiring question a potential employer asked me during a job interview. 

How will the skills you are building here contribute to your story as an individual? 

It was a framing tool that this particular organization used to give employees with clarity around progression in the broader context of their individual careers. A narrative device that helped team members view their journey of personal evolution from a higher vantage point. 

I didn’t get the job, sad to say, but I never forgot that question. 

How will the skills you are building here contribute to your story as an individual? 

If you are feeling paralyzed by the seeming need to choose among many paths, take a moment to step back for a moment. 

Consider each of your potential choices against the broader canvas of life. 

And lean towards the one which places you on a path you were always intended to walk.

What is the scariest thing you could do that would be worth the journey?

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Scott Ginsberg
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