If you’ve ever watched a movie or read a story, you know that a hero is at the center of every story. This hero isn’t usually a superhero who is endowed with super-human powers. In most cases, the hero is an ordinary person who either has to rise to the occasion when life throws them a catastrophe or has to face their demons to create a better life. If you think about it, even the Superheroes usually start as a regular guy or gal. Think the nerdy Clark Kent who becomes Superman or the timid Frodo Baggins who saves the world in the Lord of the Rings.
Not only do most stories follow the tale of a hero’s journey, but that journey tends to follow a similar path. The 12-steps of the hero’s journey, as solidified by Campbell, are used in movies and literature because it works. The human mind finds a story that follows this process irresistible. We simply cannot turn away from our hero—we want to know what happens to them—we want them to succeed.