Lebron James Returning to Cleveland Seen From Campbell’s Hero’s Journey

Lebron James made the right decision in returning to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

It is better for his championship aspirations (better talent/salary/player)

Better for his brand (the only other place with out being a title chaser)

And perhaps most importantly, best for his own hero’s journey, which can stand as an inspiration to us all.

Joseph Cambell’s Monomyth describes the 3 macro stages of the Journey as 1) Departure 2) Initiation 3) Return

James needed to leave home to get to the top of championship mountain with new brothers and supernatural guides.

“I learned from a franchise that had been where I wanted to go. I will always think of Miami as my second home. Without the experiences I had there, I wouldn’t be able to do what I’m doing today.”

Following his journey to the peak, his fears and burdens could be released, and James has played with a freedom that has allowed him to step fully into his powers, marked by some of the best statistics the league has ever seen.

“I feel my calling here goes above basketball. I have a responsibility to lead, in more ways than one, and I take that very seriously. My presence can make a difference in Miami, but I think it can mean more where I’m from.”

Now “the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man”.

http://www.si.com/nba/2014/07/11/lebron-james-cleveland-cavaliers

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