A professional life coach uses a metaphorical journey to expound on the psychology of success.
When MacMillan (Monetize Your Message, 2015) was studying documentary filmmaking, he says, he was struck by the notion of the “Hero’s Journey,” a concept popularized by American academic Joseph Campbell. According to the author, this quest-plot structure—which was famously used as the template for Star Wars, among other films—is a metaphor for how one can discover what he calls a “true authentic life.” But to get there, he says, “you’ve got to wander through the desert of your traumas.” In this book, he does an admirable job of translating the principles of the hero’s journey into practical, modern applications for personal development. In clear, engaging text supported by useful examples from films and the real world (including his own experiences), the author walks readers through three specific phases, which he labels “The Preparation, The Journey and The Return.” A visual “map”—basically a pie chart—helpfully depicts the numerous stages of the journey, starting with a “Call to Adventure.” At first glance, this journey may appear overwhelming, but over the course of the book, MacMillan makes astute observations; he notes, for example, that a crisis can “be both danger and opportunity together” and that one’s thought processes can be seen “as the mediator through which we experience life.” The author writes with a distinctive voice in prose that’s descriptive and educational. The chapters are short but rich with detail, and the interactive exercises interspersed throughout—including such questions as “What dreams do I have, day or night, that reveal my purpose?”— are gathered in an appendix, making them easy to tackle as a single unit. A few portions of the book, such as discussions about ego and achieving an “Alpha/Theta state,” may be a bit too esoteric for some readers. Still, this book has the potential to elicit deep thought and self-reflection.
A refreshing take on how to pursue life to the fullest.