For four years, I have been blogging and speaking about the Heroic Arts and the Hero’s Journey. I absolutely believe that there is a hero inside each and every one of us, and I believe in the power of the message.
I get chills every time I talk about being a hero. It’s a cool feeling, and admittedly one I wish I could experience more frequently.
One of the pieces of advice I have held close to my heart is to find what you enjoy, and to find ways to do that as often as possible.
The question is: How? Read more
In 1942, four unsteady piano players responded to an ad placed by Bernard Gabriel, a concert pianist, publicizing a series of meetings to be held at his Manhattan apartment. Fear-racked musicians were invited “to play, to criticize, and be criticized, all to conquer the old bogey of stage fright.”
Gabriel had no formal qualifications other than a confidence beyond his 30 years. Gabriel was, it was said, “non-timid” and he deployed rudimentary exposure therapy—insulting musicians and distracting them with loud noises—to inoculate them against performance anxiety. Soon Gabriels “Society of Timid Souls” numbered more than 20, and copycat societies followed. Read more
About a month ago, my family and I moved from a three bedroom house to a two bedroom house. Although the new house was an upgrade in almost every way, the downgrade in the number of bedrooms meant that my six-year-old and three-year-old sons would share a room for the first time in their lives.
My three-year-old is challenging to put to bed, to put it mildly. Now that the two boys are sharing a room, my six-year-old has begun planting the idea in his little brother’s impressionable mind that there is a monster in their closet, for the sake of coercing the three-year-old to stay in bed at night. The longer he avoids checking out the closet and confronting his fear, the bigger, scarier, and uglier the monster will become.
Of course, this is a common fear for many youngsters, but for many of us as adults, the monsters are very real. Read more
On July 1-2, 2010, I had the honor of giving two presentations at the National Convention of my fraternity, Theta Chi. Those presentations, “Beyond Hazing” and “Building Heroes,” and the response I received from those presentations, inspired me to begin a three-and-a-half years (and counting) journey to help others discover profound purpose in their lives, to find personal meaning through their commitment to values-driven organizations, and to rise to the challenges facing our organizations, our communities, our world, and of course, our own lives. Read more