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Getting Your Dream Job: What You Can Learn From Harry Potter

Getting Your Dream Job: What You Can Learn From Harry Potter

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Imagine your life as a montage in a movie. You flow through a series of clips starting in college – where you’re studying hard, connecting with new people, and growing up. You graduate, and get your first “real” job. It’s everything you wanted and more, and you sail off into the sunset of happiness and wealth with all your dreams coming true…

Related: The Ugly Truth About Getting Your Dream Job

Or do you?

I’m about to share the truth about your journey to your dream job, and how you can make it as smooth, enjoyable, and rewarding as possible. But first, know this:

It’s Not That Easy

Though a lot of us have fantasized about some version of a storybook ending, the actual journey is a bit more exciting. And by exciting, I mean challenging.

In fact, if you’re a movie buff, then you can gain some real insight into what your journey to your dream job will look by watching…

  • The Lord of the Rings
  • Harry Potter
  • The Matrix

Or almost any other blockbuster movie.

Why? Because they’re based around a formula called “The Hero’s Journey.”

Hero's Journey Illustration

It’s a famous and mysterious formula created in the mid 1900’s by a man name Joseph Campbell. He derived it from classic myths created all over the world. And today, many famous stories have the “Hero’s Journey” woven throughout them.

Now, let’s set something straight. This formula is popular because it’s the natural structure of the best stories since the beginning of human history. And stories take this natural form because they’re modeled after real people chasing real dreams.

Your Great Advantage…

So, I’m going to give you a basic understanding of the “Hero’s Journey” because it’s the same formula that applies to you getting your dream job. And by knowing it, you’ll be better prepared to face any challenge that comes your way. Making your journey as painless and rewarding as possible.

Here’s The “Hero’s Journey”

Imagine you’re Frodo in The Lord of the Rings. You’re just living your life in the Shire, doing your Hobbit thing… When all of sudden, everything changes.

A powerful ring is handed over to you, and you embark on a grand journey where you’re tested. You face your toughest inner demons and worldly challenges. And get a lot of help from mentors along the way. Finally, you succeed in your goal, become a hero, and are made better through your experience.

This is a simplified version of the formula, but it sounds a lot like what it’ll take to get your dream job, doesn’t it?

We’re all driven by the goal. We want a meaningful, fun, and exciting job. One that makes a difference, plays to our strengths, and gives us the lifestyle we want. And in order to get there, we all have to go through this process.

So, the question is, how do you know you’re starting the “Hero’s Journey”? And…

How Can You Make Your Journey As Easy As Possible?

Well, there are many ways your journey can begin. Many people these days are handed the same ring Frodo was when you graduate college. You’ve got your degree, and it’s time to make your way in the world. Make a difference. Achieve your dreams. That’s how it was for me, and I bet it’ll be the same for you.

Now, this is important.

The fastest way to complete your journey and get your dream job is to model successful people before you. They have proven blueprint for success, and you can make your path much less painful by following it.

I got my blueprint from my mentor and friend, Andrew Hewitt – founder of the GameChangers 500. It’s a list similar to the Fortune 500, but made up of companies like Google and TOMS shoes, who make a profit as well as a difference.

His wisdom helped me break into an industry I’d been struggling to get into for years. And now, I’m helping him share that same wisdom with others about to embark on their journey.

We’ve put together a free video here giving you his best tips on how to rock your “Hero’s Journey” and get your dream job with a company like those on the GameChangers 500.

I wish you the best of luck on your own “Hero’s Journey,” and can’t wait to see what kind of hero you become.

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Ryan Niessen Ryan Niessen is a keynote speaker and co-creator of The Gateway Method: a simple, proven way to gain inside access to the world’s best employers and get your dream job. Connect with him on LinkedIn or Facebook.