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Your Career and Contribution are Your Hero’s Journey

– by Anna J. Stephenson, Authentic Core Career Coach



Career has been one of the most influential teachers on my path to personal growth and inner wealth (fulfillment).  It compares only with parenting and marriage in power to up-level my maturity, wisdom, courage, vulnerability, self-understanding, leadership, service, and inner peace.

Why is your career path so potent for not only skill development and financial security, but also PERSONAL MATURATION, LEADERSHIP GROWTH, FEELING ALIVE?


Because career is a Hero’s Journey in our everyday life.


Few other daily tasks are GUARANTEED to provide as much mental and emotional adventure in which we can face challenge after challenge, emerge victorious, and come “home” to ourselves a more skilled, discerning, compassionate, confident, and happy human being.

And your career inevitably intersects with other essential aspects of a full human experience – relationships, parenting, health, and so much more.

In your career journey, you can wander in the desert, flounder, seek rewards that leave you empty inside, be driven by motives we don’t even realize and finish each day wondering “what’s wrong?”




We can choose to fully taste the bitter and sweet of a long-term QUEST THAT IMPROVES EVERY LEVEL OF OUR BEING.

I’ve opened my eyes to the invisible personal and spiritual development opportunities my career offers:

Important Crossroads,



Need for a Sage Guide,

Tests that grow my Wisdom,

Noble Foes requiring Skillful Maneuvering,

Discerning Truth from Falsehood,

Becoming initiated to readiness for Love, Treasure, or Leadership,

Blood, Sweat and Tears,

Glorious Victories, and

Contributing of Devotion to what good must be created in my community, rather than fear for my reputation.


What once was “a daily grind livelihood” is now a spiritual (emotional, non-material, relational) journey enriching my health, intellect, and life satisfaction.


Where are you on the Journey of your Career?

What “Holy Grail, “or “Dragon to Say” are you seeking through your sacrifice or diligence?

What seemingly dark Cave do you most Fear to enter?

Can you tell tales of your Victories and Defeats?

Are you growing rich in Wisdom, peace, Expertise, and Love?


You can be the fulfilled hero of your career journey through life!  It is my honor to support women like you who desire more fulfillment in their work and alignment with their most meaningful values on your Hero’s Journey to personal and professional mastery, as well as your highest contribution, confidence, and inner peace.


“You enter the forest
at the darkest point,
where there is no path.

Where there is a way or path,
it is someone else’s path.

If you follow someone else’s way,
you are not going to realize
your potential.”

― Joseph Campbell, The Hero’s Journey 



Make THIS YEAR YOUR YEAR for career clarity and alignment WITH PURPOSE ON YOUR HERO’S JOURNEY!”

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