The Hero Workshop in 2009

Janus was/is the god of doorways.  He represents change – moving from one place to the next.  He also has two heads – one looking forward and one looking back.  This way he can be looking forward and planning by using what he’s learned from the looking back at the past.  For this reason, he had the first month of the year named after him.  Also for this reason, he has my business named after him – The Janus Center.

For the third year running, I’m posting a look back and a look forward in the spirit of Janus.

My goals (and their outcomes) are below.

  • 300 heroes on the website.
    • I’m not even up to 200 yet.  When I got the Mac I couldn’t find a good (for me) web design program and stalled on adding new heroes.
  • 200 visitors to the blog each day.
    • This one got kind of crushed.  I’m now averaging 1,100 a day.  A lot of them are through picture searches, but if you ignore them it is about 400 actual visitors a day.
  • Presenting to 110 classrooms/Girl Scout troops.
    • I got to 99.  This is a disappointment and one that needs an immediate response.
  • Selling five copies of the Hero Curriculum.
    • The curriculum got shelved during the summer and there have been a lot of other projects vying for attention.  More on this in a bit.

I started this email on Thursday, but wanted to wait to finish it until I had met with the founders of zyOzy.  That meeting has basically left me with a clear understanding that putting numbers to the same categories for 2009 is pointless.  The Hero Workshop could go in many directions this year.

I have a lot of plans for this year.  So an overview seems called for.

  • redesigning the web presence
  • focusing the school presentation on creating “active” heroes
  • adding options for schools to add to the school presentation
  • creating a large support system for teachers who want to continue the hero work
  • bringing others into the Hero Workshop fold to help improve and spread it
  • running a summer camp (already on its way – more on this in the near future)
  • connecting Western World schools with schools in the Third World
  • writing a book on the real action heroes

One driving goal for me right now is to positively and actively help some kids in the Third World.  I believe the solution to the world’s extreme poverty problem is close.  I believe it’s close because everyday people are stepping up to help while governments aren’t.  Big steps forward are happening as individuals and small groups solve problems in effective ways.  I have a couple of plans to do my bit.  I’ll be trying to make them more focused in the coming weeks.

So I believe 2009 has a lot coming for me and the world.  I want to thank you for reading this blog.  I want to thank you for signing up for the newsletter.  I want to thank you for your comments.  Simply put, I want to thank you for your attention.  I know it’s valuable and highly sought after.

2 Responses to The Hero Workshop in 2009

  1. Christopher January 5, 2009 at 11:28 pm #

    Thanks for all you do Matt!

    Looking forward to reading more in 2009.

  2. Matt Langdon January 5, 2009 at 11:31 pm #

    Thanks for reading. Seriously.