This week’s show is with teacher, consultant and change management expert Patrick O’Neill, author of “The Only Certain Freedom: The Transformative Journey of the Entrepreneur,” an unconventional and highly-acclaimed business book that draws its teachings from the wisdom of the Hero’s Journey, and what modern entrepreneurs can learn from the ancient myths of heroes like Hercules and Odysseus.
Patrick certainly has the expertise to back this up: he is a nationally renowned consultant and teacher, specializing in organizational dynamics and conflict resolution. His company, Extraordinary Conversations Inc, has clients across the world, advising corporations in North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific; townships of South Africa; and even the peace process in the Middle East. His insights on leadership are regularly featured in national newspapers such as the Globe and Mail.
In this conversation, we spoke about how the ancient archetype of the Hero’s Journey can be used as a guide when navigating difficult or challenging career and life transitions, why reading mythology can be just as helpful and practical as traditional self-help or business books. Patrick also shared his own story: how he transitioned from an unfulfilled PR executive to an empowered business owner. It’s a truly an astonishing and inspiring story and one that beautifully illustrates Patrick’s belief in the power of the hero’s journey as a guide for life.
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What you’ll learn from this episode:
- Hold yourself as unique medicine – there’s no one like you on this. planet. Befriend yourself at a deeper level – find ways every day to fill your cradle, to recognise the gift that is you. Put limits and boundaries around the self critic.
- Allow yourself to dream – take an old story and see what comes alive for you – what can it teach you?
- Give thanks for all that you have been given, for all the support you’re surrounded by and for all the giftedness that you are.
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Lian & Jonathan