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The Hero's Journey (BrooklynJS 2019)

The Hero's Journey (BrooklynJS 2019)

An honest reflection on how the drive to succeed, be seen, break barriers, and "change the world" has come at a real personal cost.
Lessons from my recent path of course correction.
The importance of "putting your own oxygen mask on first."
A critique of our industry and society's glorification of the Hero's Journey.

Alex Qin

March 21, 2019
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  20. founder director public speaker social justice warrior BADASS workaholic party

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  23. trauma

  24. burnout

  25. divorce

  26. rage

  27. fear

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  29. suicidal

  30. “I drove him, drove them all, 
 to be first,

    be bold, be perfect—be the greatest. 
 What I did not do was drive them 
 to be whole, to be free. ” 
 Casey Gerald
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  36. “My question at the time was simply: What is wrong

    with me? Ever wonder that? If so, my final admonition is this: Stop. Drop whatever's in your hand. Leave your basket in the aisle. Retrace your steps out the door. Find the crack. Try to find its source, understand its reason, excuse or not. Try. That is all I knew to do.” 
 Casey Gerald
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  40. “I don’t want us to have to work twice as

    hard to have to prove our humanity. I don’t want to die for social change like our ancestors did.”
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  56. “I realized I wasn’t upholding my end of the sacred

    bargain: My life is a miracle that cannot be recreated. I can never get these hours, weeks, years back.
 
 Each day should be lived on purpose.” 
 adrienne maree brown
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  61. founder director public speaker social justice warrior BADASS workaholic party

    girl coding icon
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  63. “Small is good, small is all. (The large is a

    reflection of the small.)” 
 adrienne maree brown
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  66. where are my motives?
 
 what would I do if

    no one was watching?
 how do I act out of love for myself?
 does this get me closer to being whole & free?
  67. “Nothing is required of me more than being, and creating.

    Simultaneously being present with who I am, who we are as a species... and creating who we must become, and within that who I must become.” 
 adrienne maree brown
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  69. “I drove him, drove them all, 
 to be first,

    be bold, be perfect—be the greatest. 
 What I did not do was drive them 
 to be whole, to be free. ” 
 Casey Gerald
  70. “We heal ourselves, 
 and we heal in relationship, 


    and from that place, simultaneously, 
 we create more space for healed communities, healed movements, 
 healed worlds.” 
 adrienne maree brown
  71. “The only way to deal with an unfree world is

    to become so absolutely free that 
 your very existence is an act of rebellion.” 
 Albert Camus
  72. “Transform yourself to transform the world”
 
 Grace Lee Boggs

  73. “I have a radio. It picks up only two stations:

    Life and Death. 
 I turn the death off, now that I know the sound. 
 The diddy bop of death. 
 I sit in silence if I have to.” 
 Casey Gerald
  74. “Not trying to get by I’m trying to get free”

    
 Mereba
  75. @alexqin