Where is the Power?

Be the Author – Power & Influence

At the heart of the heroic journey – your journey as a teenager – is the challenge to be the author of your life. It’s the journey from the dependency of childhood to the independence of young adulthood. And it is a long journey that plays out differently for everyone.

It’s about influence, not control
It’s about responsibility and choices
It’s about taking charge vs. letting life happen to you

More than anything, the process of becoming the author of your life is what separates a teenager from a child.

The heroic journey is about entering the mystery of a new stage in life. You can’t control the experience, but if you take on the author role, you can exercise more and more influence and determine more and more of the outcomes.

Adapt the Strategies – And They Will Evolve as You Go

The teen heroic journey is “the” story of being a teenager, yet it plays out in a unique way for everyone. In a similar fashion the six strategies for managing the journey will need to be adapted and will look different for everyone.

Your strategies will also change to some degree as your journey unfolds and you progress and gain experience and the world around you changes. That’s just the way it works.

It Will Take Some Time & Attention

This is basically a framework for thinking about your life and figuring out how to manage your experience – more and more.   To adapt these strategies and be a powerful author of your life you will need to invest some time and attention, but not too much and not all at once.  It’s not a race.  It’s a journey, so just keep being curious and adapting the strategies as you find the energy.  You will probably need to push yourself at times, but mostly a matter of following your interest – and hopefully working with others.



Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.