Incubate your destiny! Joseph Campbell's other great quote.

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Published on March 13, 2014

Author: NancyGoodmanMSEdLPC



In "An Open Life" with Michael Toms, Joseph Campbell discusses how to "incubate your destiny." Similar to "follow your bliss," this phrase and his additional comments give career explorers insight into the qualities needed to pursue an authentic career path.

Incubate Your Destiny! Nancy Goodman, MSEd, LPC Central Academic Advising

Incubate O to develop or produce as if by hatching; give form to: O to develop; grow; take form: O to develop or cause to develop gradually O  To maintain (eggs, organisms, or living tissue) at optimal environmental conditions for growth and development.

Destiny O something that is to happen or has happened to a particular person or thing; lot or fortune. O the predetermined, usually inevitable or irresistible, course of events. O the power or agency that determines the course of events.

Joseph Campbell O Sarah Lawrence College O Mythology and Comparative Religion O Hero’s Journey/Monomyth O George Lucas and Star Wars O “Follow Your Bliss” O Power of Myth with Bill Moyers—featured on Gilmore Girls episode O The Hero With a Thousand Faces O

Quotes from An Open Life with Michael Toms It takes a little courage at first, because who wants you to do just what you want to do; they’ve all got a lot of plans for you. But you can make it happen.

I think it’s very important for a young person to have the courage to do what seems to them significant in their life.

This takes a bit of prudence and very careful planning, and may delay financial achievement and comfortable living, but the ultimate result will be very much to their pleasure.

There are plenty of ways to coast along until you find your center.

Acceptance of the popular advancement is often to the detriment of your career work.

It’s an early decision of courage to do the thing that’s your authentic drive. That’s the path where there is no path.

I don’t know how it is today, but in the 1920’s and 1930’s there were plenty of marginal areas where you could incubate your destiny. They must still exist.

Example--Chris O Double major Political Science, History O Lived at home after graduation O Volunteered for many high-profile organizations O Now Executive Director for national organization, great salary

What careers might need “incubating?” O Fine or performing arts O Highly competitive jobs—top advertising firms, professional sports-related… O Careers requiring a lot of training and expertise O Entrepreneurship O “paying your dues”

How might you incubate your destiny? O Take risky classes O Live at home O Delay marriage/children O Plan B job until plan A job O Volunteerism while working O “Do one thing every day that scares you” O Mentoring O Personal characteristics—patience, faith, confidence, strategy, tenacity O Relocate

Additional References O Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway—Susan Jeffers, PhD O Luck is no Accident: Making the Most of Happenstance in Your Life and Career—John Krumboltz, PhD & Al Levin, EdD O Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic Life— Gregg Levoy O An Open Life—Campbell and Toms O Anything that inspires you to live bravely!

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