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Hero's Journey Startup(TM) & Hero's Journey Entrepreneurship(TM)

Von: dre (drelliot@gmail.com) [Profil]
Datum: 20.02.2010 15:04
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Hero's Journey Startup(TM) & Hero's Journey Entrepreneurship(TM)

The Hero's Journey Entrepreneurship Secret(TM): Creating Infinite
Wealth With Your Ideals and Dreams on a Hero's Journey of Your Own


1. The Ordinary World: You awake each day to the routine, rise, and
leave your dreams behind.

Blog your dream. Set it down in a notebook. Take ownership in your
ideas with blogger.com or wordpress.org.

2. The Call to Adventure: A more vivid dream--a flash of inspiration.
You can't shake the feeling--the wave is real, though they can't see

Register those copyrights. File that provisional patent. Register that
trademark. Voyage on out to your bookstore and cruise the section on
entrepreneurship. Check out the USPTO. Read the Declaration of
Independence and the Constitution--they were written for you.

3. Refusal of the Call: Voices tell you that you aren't good enough.
Friends, parents, teachers, bosses, and your own internal voice.

Seek mentorship from those who have done, for they will say, "yes you

4. Meeting the Mentor: With newfound energy you seek mentorship--you
turn to the Great Books & Classics--The Odyssey & The Inferno--
Shakespeare & The Bible, Franklin, Lincoln, Jefferson, and Martin
Luther King Jr.

Mentorship surrounds us. Wisdom comes from all walks of life. So
listen, watch, and read. And then read some more--for those books
which have lasted have lasted via the profound mentorship they

The USPTO has resources dedicated to artists, musicians, authors, and

Nolo.com has wonderful books for artists, authors, and creators. Two
of my favorites are Patent it Yourself and Patents, Trademarks, and

5. Calling the Bluff: Nobody knows the hand you hold. And you can't
see theirs. But it seems--yes--they're bluffing. So you call 'em and
raise 'em, and you let them see the .45 revolver by your side--the
Truth of the Great Books and Classics. You're going to surf that dream
on home.

Dr. E added the "calling the bluff" stage to Campbell's outline. You
gotta call the postmodern bluff. Postmodern Wall Street transfers the
risk to you and the wealth to themselves. Postmodern academia sells
expensive degrees that often don't teach much of value, instead
teaching the exact opposite, opposing classical entreprneurship.
Postmodern politics and literature have replaced plot and character
with hype, and Hollywood has replaced Epic Story with reality TV and
remakes of seventies sitcms.

Call the bluff, live the renaissance, and vast wealth will be yours.

6. Crossing the Threshold: And so you set out, crossing that point of
no return. You have no choice but to succeed. Once you're on that
wave, you've got but one choice--ride it.

Suddenly the words of the Greats take on a new, more immediate
meaning. Watch Braveheart, The Matrix, The Outlaw Jose Wales, and A
Fistful of Dollars. Take those ideals off the silver screen, take them
out of the books, for ideals are most useful tools in reaching your
most valuable assets--your passions and dreams.

Incorporate at bizfilings.com. As of today, you are your own business,
and you can take Mark Cuban's investment advice--"invest in You, Inc."

7. The Road of Trials: It ain't easy out here. Some statistics say
that 90% of small businesses fold in five years. An infitesimal
percentage of novels are published and screenplays optioned. But you
do it anyway, as did everyone who ever suceeded. So you patent it,
trademark it, copyright it, and live it.

"Every fighter has a plan," Mike Tyson once said, "until they get
hit." But that's the joy of battle--for out here alone do we ever find
our true constitution--our ability to innovate and think on our feet,
and still prevail. So follow your dream, and tell the world, "My name
is __________."

8. Tests, Allies, Enemies: Even when your business is launched, when
your screenplay is being produced, there will yet be those forces that
oppose and sabotage. But too, loyal friends will emerge, and a
Fellowship will form.

And you shall find those best of friends that one only finds away out
here, along this journey--they too left the ordinary world long ago
and set off to follow their ideals, and Destiny brought you together.

9. Supernatural Aid: Away out here, something magical happens. A
stroke of luck that only means something because of the risk you took.
You took a chance, called the bluff, and caught the wave just right.
So it is that "God helps those that help themselves."

Open source software, in all its robust freedom, can provide that
seemingly supernatural aid. Software is labor immortalized, and open
source has bestowed us with not only LAMP (Linux, Apache, MYSQL, PHP/
PYTHON/PERL/RUBY) servers, but it offers free and robust solutions for
ecommerce, content management, blogging, alubum hosting, and more.

Fantastico allows for the quick and easy installing of leading open
source spplication such as wordpress (blogging), joomla/drupal/
postunke (content management), and cubecart/oscommerce/zencart
(ecommerce). Hostgator accounts come with Fantastico and the intuitive
cpanel interface. Also check out hotscripts.com for more free

Don't be afraid to get under the hood and "teach yourself" linux/php/
mysql/apache in ten minutes, twenty-four hours, or fourteen days--you
know those books. Hard work and studious industry is the best
supernatural aid there is!

And now it's your turn to give someone a break--to provide trusting
mentorship. Should you ever find yourself waiting around to be helped,
reach out and help someone--give 'em a break.

10. Stringing the Bow/Seizing the Sword: Degrees, money, and titles
mean little out here--victory goes to those with integrity--those with
honor, courage, and commitment. For ideals alone can string eternity's

Ideals are your most valuable asset--they are those entities which
inspired those dreams that awoke you long ago--the dream that haunted
your days, always beckoning you to embark on this journey.

11. The Showdown/Ordeal: It's been a long time coming. You just wanted
to live in peace and harmony, but that boss/bureaucrat/outlaw
antagonist just wouldn't let you. But you call them out, and now you
get to stand toe-to-toe; face-to-face with a new book, or invention,
or film, or venture that serves the world in a better way.

So often it is that entrepreneurship is opposed. "No good deed goes
unpunished." Socrates and Jesus were sentenced to death for seeing a
better way and speaking the simple truth to power. Steve Jobs was
kicked out of Apple. Read Richard Branson's biography, and you will
see the hundreds of showdowns he partook in.

12. Rescue From Without/The Resurrection: So often it is that just as
one wins, the jealous bureaucracy moves in to seize control. In every
Western, after our hero wins the showdown fair and square, yet another
Outlaw draws a bead on him--to shoot him in the back.

Jobs was kicked out of Apple, but then brought back to take it to new
heights. Richard Branson lost Virgin Records, but was reborn in Virgin
Airlines and a thousand other ventures. John C. Bogle founded Vanguard
upon the ideals set forth in his Princeton Senior Thesis, and now he
pens inspirational books and speeches based on those very same ideals.
Every entrepreneur ought read Battle for The Soul of Capitalism, as it
reminds us that entrepreneurship's greater purpose is to serve.

Those who live by ideals have no need to fear death, as Socrates
realized, for the soul is immortal. Though some bureaucracy rejects
the implementation of your ideals, they can't steal nor kill those
ideals--for America recognizes the entrepreneur's rights.

13. The Road Back/Return with the Elixir/Freedom: You took ownership
in your dreams and destiny--you called the bluff and caught the wave,
and the Truth set you free.

You added to the wealth of the world--the long-term wealth of the
world--via the simple act of following your passions and dreams.

And everything you learned on this Hero's Journey will come in handy
along tomorrow's journey--we're setting out at dawn.

Dr. E's Hero's Journey EntrepreneurshipTM Blog


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