Startup Founders and the Hero's Journey

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Startup Founders and the Hero's Journey

Post by RichR » Fri Jan 30, 2015 5:20 pm

I recently wrote this piece on LinkedIn relating the startup Founder's path to the Hero's joureny.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/founders ... =prof-post

"We crave a successful founder. The founder’s journey, especially that of the first timer, is the same quest: a significant accomplishment, worship of the founders, and founders stories told and retold. It is the American dream."

I'd love some feedback and discussion.
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Post by CarmelaBear » Thu Feb 05, 2015 9:37 am

I followed your link, above, Rich, and enjoyed reading your post at LinkedIn.

It makes sense, and you did an excellent job of relating the steps in Campbell's hero journey.

Being a neophyte entrepreneur is a heroic endeavor, and the successful founder's role does follow the path we associate with the highest order of hero, the ones who bring the greatest boons to society.

Campbell was not a businessman, and in Power of Myth, he was openly critical of the over-conformity represented by the Sinclair Lewis character called "Babbitt". Founders are it be oposite of the mindless, unquestioning follower. They startup something original, and through success, they bring a boon to others and exit their journey through the portal of personal freedom.

It is classic Campbell....brilliant. Congratulations for completing such a task.

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Post by Luciana Aires Mesquita » Sat Jun 06, 2015 1:35 am

Dear Rich,

I've just read your post. Great map! Congratulations!

We, in Brasilia-DF/Brazil, are starting a JCF MRT group. It would be wonderful if we have your permission to translate it to Portuguese language.

Let us know!

Blissings,
Luciana.
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Post by CarmelaBear » Wed Jun 17, 2015 10:40 am

Welcome to the Conversations, Luciana.

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Post by entregreeneur » Sat Feb 20, 2016 7:39 am

Hi Rich, I read your LinkedIn post.

I might have a crack at researching Elon Musk's career path, and seeing if I can plot it against the stages of the journey you described. I'm fascinated by how much he has achieved in his life and I'm curious what can be learned from analysing his founder's journeys plotted against Campbells Hero's Journey stages.
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