Recently, I’ve been taking a social innovations class at BYU-I where we are encouraged to keep a journal of what we learn each week. Welcome to entry 10 of said journal. I’ll be using Joseph Campbell’s theory of The Hero’s Journey as a framework for my posts, each week will be a different stage. I hope you like it!
“THE REWARD.  The hero takes possession of the treasure won by facing death.  There may be celebration, but there is also danger of losing the treasure again.” –’s_journey.htm
On the Reward
After visiting my hometown recently, and leaving behind a dream I cherished (see previous post)  it felt like for a little while that I didn’t know how I would be able to get back on my feet again. For a brief moment, I was unsure of what to do and was looking for direction but not understanding where to find it. However, I continued on searching-and hoping-for solutions I tried many different ideas and methods of searching out the  meaning and reward I was looking for…when I found it. Ultimately, I believe that the Reward is often times a breath of new life. It is the new perspective that comes from being a little war torn, and bloodied, but having let go of yet another part of your old self and stepped further into who God is crafting you to be. It is the opportunity that comes to move forward on your mission or adventure with a perspective that is altered from what it was before. In some ways more jaded, in other ways more hopeful.

You’ve seen and experienced more of the world, but a new world is also being revealed leaving a sense of wonder in the wake of this trial.

In class this week, we talked a lot about the culture and values we are building into our businesses as well as the different methods of leadership. While each method had it’s pros and cons, we learned that in the end you need to be a leader that is constantly shifting between all the methods and styles according to the situation at hand. I feel like this stage of the journey, is what teaches us that lesson. Often times, up to this point, our heroes are rigid in what they know and in their way of doing things. I think-at least in-my life-this acts as a sort of security blanket.


There is so much that is unfamiliar around us, so much change in our adventure, that we hold on to all our might to what is left of the safe and the familiar and the comfortable. After this stage, our heroes learn to let go. They become more fluid, their styles shift. Sometimes we just need these stages in our life as a way to push us further and to reset our minds to think in a way that will truly be able to achieve the adventure we’ve set out on. It’s the point of  no return where we are forever changed in some way, a little battle scarred, a little less innocent, but much more equipped and ready for what is yet ahead. Even though it is scary to go through this sort of emotional or mental rebirth, the changes that are made manifest within you so clearly ripple out into your life and take you so much further along. While personally at times in my life, I wish I could just hold on to the neutral ground-to what is safe and familiar. Yet, there is that longing for progress, for direction, for clarity. I have found that unfortunately for what at times seems like my mental health, we must travel through these moments before we may receive of that clarity.
  1. Based off of what you’ve learned about the Buy OneGive One Model, create a hypothetical business that you would create that could effectively take advantage of this model.

    Well, I was thinking about how this could be applied to my passions, and trying to come up with an idea that I wouldn’t necessarily do but that would be a fun mental game for me to play. What I came up with is a little bit of a twist to the model. I was thinking about traveling libraries, libraries that can come straight to your house customized to your tastes, that you could pick from, funded by an inexpensive monthly membership. Then, with each monthly payment, a book is donated to a child in america who wouldn’t have access to that book normally. Perhaps a book that would, say, be on a trade that they are interested in or a craft like crochet or woodwork, something that teaches them a skill they could learn to sell or trade with. Just a thought.
  2. In your own words, define what “hybrid business” means. Explain how hybrids differ from non-profits.Okay, so here’s the deal, and I know you are probably getting tired of this because I have answered this question a lot in so many ways. A hybrid is a mix of some sort between a non-profit charity and a for-profit business. Essentially it could be called for-benefit. There is usually a triple bottom line, or in other words a social profit that is trying to be turned as well as a financial profit. The intention is that the financial profit will help the hybrid to me more sustainable than a for-profit and provide more money and stability so the social profit-or cause-can be achieved.

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