The Lawyer’s Well-Being Brief

What role are you playing in the hero’s journey?

Marc W. Crayton

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“With realization of one’s own potential and self-confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world.” Dali Lama

I heard a podcast yesterday reflecting on Donald Miller’s “Hero on a Mission.” Miller notes that there are four different roles or characters in nearly every story: the victim, the villain, the hero, and the guide. The victim is the character who feels they have no way out. The villain is the character who makes others small. The hero is the character who faces their challenges and transforms. The guide is the character who helps the hero.

As I noted in a prior post, we are our own story tellers. If you found yourself in the role of the victim today, did you find a way out? What story did you tell yourself? As a villain, can you stop yourself from making others small? What value is there in making others feel small? What challenges have helped you transform into a hero today? Are you ready for tomorrow’s challenges? Did you help a hero today? Who else can you help tomorrow?

Throughout our days, we may find ourselves in each of these roles. Our process is finding ways to make adversity a challenge and transforming ourselves into a hero, every day. Forward, always!

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Marc W. Crayton

I help newer, younger lawyers make better well-being decisions so that they can thrive personally and professionally. Forward, always!