Financial Hero’s Journey

Joseph Campbell is a scholar who studied ancient myths and developed the idea of the monomyth – The Hero’s Journey. The three part act of the monomyth is a way to understand how we all can change or improve what’s not working. This arc has been used in many settings, from Harry Potter to Star Wars. It was further publicized by Hollywood screenwriter Christopher Vogler; below is his well-known adaptation. Interestingly, the Hero’s Journey is also a recurrent theme in 12 step recovery shares: What it was like, What Happened, and What It’s Like Now.

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Every one of us has many iterations of this journey in our own life. Sometimes it has to do with a transformation on how we handle addiction (12 Steps), a difficult outside circumstance (Star Wars), or big money changes. In this series of blog posts I will be detailing out the experience of people who now have a flourishing relationship with money. I will treat the main three acts as follows:

  1. Recognition of a problem
  2. Confrontation of said problem
  3. Resolution of problem and triumphant return of hero

I would love to hear your stories for this! If you are interested in sharing your financial hero’s journey please leave a comment below.

To find out about my own Financial Hero’s Journey check out the following posts:

Alyssa Windell, another awesome financial blogger, wrote a great post connecting the hero’s journey and money here.

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