015 Sideweight Radio – How to Be a Hero

Many people hit quicksand on the journey to greatness. What is the best way to regain or maintain our momentum?

How to Be a Hero

“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.”

– Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces

In this podcast we will talk about the most effective way to guarantee progress. Doing this will make you feel more comfortable and powerful.

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How to Be a Hero

Incomplete journeys weigh down many would-be heroes, myself included. A haunting voice inside my head reminds me about my dream of becoming a state-qualifying wrestler. That dead dream serves as a reminder to stay focused and to work hard.

After running around in circles and chasing dreams in Boston, I have come home and begun to dig in my heels and start marching forward.

The most important lesson I have learned is to give myself to something GREATER.

Take for example the stories of Luke Skywalker, Neo, and Harry Potter…

Luke Skywalker

Becoming a Jedi, Luke committed himself to using the Force for good. He ventured to defeat the Dark Lords of the Sith, like Darth Vader. Luke became a character with whom we can relate and earned our love.


The red pill took Neo into the real world, which was full of robotic terror. Neo then became the sole savior of the world. Again, the audience wants to see Neo succeed because he stands for something.

Harry Potter

Our beloved British wizard has a unique ability to prevent Dark Magic from conquering the planet. Needless to say, Harry transforms into a hero when he becomes the champion of White Magic. Beginning to see the pattern?

In Sum

Naturally, humans love stories about other people who risk everything for the same of something bigger than oneself. So much so, those on their hero’s journey often get the feeling that the whole universe is conspiring to help them succeed.

Closing Comments

1. I am excited to announce my first book, Know Thyself, is coming soon!

2. I, like you, am exploring my own true self throughout the Great Adventure. The Mystery of Life maintains my sense of wonder.

3. If you have an idea for a podcast you would like to hear or a question you want answered in an upcoming episode,

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The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell

Star Wars by George Lucas

The Matrix by the Wachowski Brothers

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Question: Do you serve a purpose greater than yourself? If yes, what is your greater purpose? You can leave a comment below.