A Shero’s journey. One of my favorite books written by Joseph Campbell “The Hero With A Thousand Faces” speaks of the call of adventure to a purpose greater than self.
Joseph Campbell explains that (my editorial, my version of it),
“Every story has a beginning, a middle and an end. In the beginning you setup your hero (or heroine) and
his her story, then you throw something at him her that is a great source of conflict and takes him her into a whole heap of trouble. After facing many foes and overcoming various obstacles the shero saves the day and the boy girl wins the challenge, saves the day, slays the dragon, etc...”
There are eight distinct steps
- The separation. Taking the hero from the ordinary world.
- The call. A problem is presented, and the hero could not remain in the ordinary world.
- The actually crossing over, the journey begins. …
- Return with a gift, knowledge or triumph.
Throughout my career, make that my life, I have been a pioneer, an adventurer. As such, I have-more often than not-found myself alone in the pursuit of new visions either by design or fate. It has been lonely at times, mentors and our culture erroneously tells us that it is indeed meant to be lonely at the top.
Being a visionary and quite often the only female in the c-suite has been par for the course. Over the last two years as an entrepreneur and founder of Powerful Women Today, I have answered and honored the call to adventure. At times with great sacrifice.
Joseph Campbell has been my constant companion in the battlefield. A reminder that the like Homer, Jason, Joan of Arc, Mother Theresa, our ancestors who left their home to seek a better tomorrow, I must also answer the call if I dare to live a life where I get to find out my greatness. How far can I go?
I love to win. That makes me a good entrepreneur. Finding out that the victory is sweeter when shared, makes me a great entrepreneur. You may think it is arrogance for me to say so. Perhaps, but it has also become my call to adventure. To ensure that no woman gets left behind in the pursuit of her greatness. That every woman who reaches out to us, gets a champion that celebrates her aspirations.
Together, at Powerful Women Today, we create a circle of Mutual Arising where we all rise together. An inner circe of support, sisterhood and truth in service of growth.
Powerful Women Today is my love letter to the world. It is my act of love and passion to and for my sisters through-out the globe. We are stronger together . We are home to the outlier, the misfit, the fierce, the unique, the dreamer and the visionary that dares to answer the call.
“May you rise to your greatness
one courageous act at a time.”
Carolina M. Billings
Founder Powerful Women Today.