Starting A Hero’s Journey

2007 brings me fully into a new journey as I begin the Hero Workshop as a business. My mundane world has already been left behind. Camp was once a magical world for me, but over the last year or so there, it definitely became mundane. The call to adventure has been received and last week I crossed the threshold at Indian Woods. The path of trials begins.

So, what should I expect? I will meet some mentors. I’m not sure where they might come from at this point. Perhaps they’re teachers or principals. I already have one in George Brymer who was also part of my call to adventure. Maybe I’ll meet someone in the school presentations industry (is there such an industry?).

I know I’ll have a lot of friends to help me through. From my enormously supportive wife, to my very excited room mate, and all of the people who are part of the Hero Workshop Support Group. The commenters on this blog are a huge support – Mr. Leibrand being the most prolific. I expect to meet a lot of teachers through the year and there are certainly friends among them already. There will be foes too. People who shoot me down, telling me no-one will be interested. One of those foes lives inside my head, which seems hardly fair.

I expect to have some challenges. Not every class will be as friendly as Indian Woods. How will I cope with a class that doesn’t respond or behaves poorly? Many school administrators won’t be interested in hearing what I have to say. I’ll have plenty of rejections to deal with.

I know there will be dark moments, but I also know there will be plenty of great times. I can look to my heroes during the tough times and share my story when it’s enjoyable. I’ll be doing all that on this blog – I’ll see you there.

This is part of the Group Writing Project at

22 Responses to Starting A Hero’s Journey

  1. MLA December 19, 2006 at 3:52 pm #

    Go Matt go!

  2. Ashish Mohta December 20, 2006 at 11:31 am #

    A true thought on own self.

    Go for it

    I also got entry in darrens project.

    And i am feeding your blog.There wont be another chance to meet so many bloggers

  3. Mama Duck December 20, 2006 at 12:17 pm #

    How exciting for you!! What is life without a challenge, but I’m sure it will be a learning experience for you regardless. Have a wonderful holiday!

    We also participated in this project, stop on by if you get a chance!

  4. Jennifer Lynn December 20, 2006 at 1:57 pm #

    Hi Matt,

    don’t let those demons consume you! Let them out to play and swat them away. I’m sure you’ll be extremely successful. Happy holidays, and best of luck in 2007.

  5. George December 20, 2006 at 6:04 pm #

    I agree with Jennifer, don’t let those demons consume you. I sometimes have that problem, but it’s best to move right past them.

    All the best,

    PS. My entry to Darren’s project is here.

  6. Coopz December 20, 2006 at 7:44 pm #

    Go for it Matt.

    The biggest adventure is life itself and with your attitude your life will be a fantastic journey.

    I’m also trying the writing project

  7. Matt Langdon December 21, 2006 at 11:55 am #

    Thanks for all the support everyone. I’m enjoying checking out your blogs.

  8. mahipal December 21, 2006 at 7:14 pm #


    The hero’s journey is ultimately a journey to sharing ones gifts with the world and it seems you are well set to do that.

    I do wish you the very best in your quest, and if there is anything I can do, drop me a line… education is one of my key projects 🙂 and always looking for fellow travellers on the path

  9. Joh December 22, 2006 at 4:43 am #

    I will definately be adding your blog to my feed to explore when I am not flying through lists of problogging competition blogs. I love ‘Hero’s Journey’ stuff. I want to learn more. Joseph Campbell was great. Thanks

  10. Joh December 22, 2006 at 4:44 am #

    PS: I am a teacher, so I hope to learn heaps from you in the future.


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