This morning I woke up thirsty. I drank a tall glass of cold, clean water. I then brushed my teeth (ooh, that peppermint fresh breath.) I showered in hot, pulsating
Matt Langdon, the creator of the The Hero Workshop, is an Australian living in America. His aim is to show young people that by doing little things every day they can become heroes. He has taught workshops in Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Kansas, Indiana, California. He begins, "I'm the product of a single parent home..."
Why, oh why -- do I put my ideas in writing? Well, I know why. Because, among other things, going 'on record' pushes me to 'walk my talk'. It is ironic, though, that not less than twenty-four hours after writing 'Asking for what we want', I read Matt Langdon's post in which he outlined his Hero Workshop accomplishments for 2007, and goals for 2008. My immediate thought was "Good for you Matt". You set concrete, achievable, goals for yourself, goals that will make the world a better place. You've achieved them, and now you are setting more goals. I then toyed with following Matt's lead and writing up my goals for 'dare to dream', but my self cringed. Merely thinking of doing what Matt had done made me feel uncomfortable, awkward, embarrassed -- did I say uncomfortable?
Thanks to an introduction from Matt Langdon's The Hero Workshop, in early August I met with Brett Farmiloe and Zach Hubbell from Pursue the Passion. Both recent college grads, Brett and Zach have been on the road for 100+ days interviewing people who are passionate about their careers. In embarking on their very own hero's journey, they were intrigued by the following two data points: Half the American workforce is not satisfied with their job, and only one-fifth apply passion toward their career. When they interviewed me, they did what any good interviewer does -- they asked good questions, and seemed genuinely interested in my story. If you'd like to read the blurb, and take a peek at the video clip, here it is.
Writing about my heros (which you can find at the bottom of this post) was indeed revelatory. Here's why: 1) I was surprised by how much my heros have changed over time -- from Bewitched's Samantha to Peggy Noonan? 2) It was also interesting to observe that my childhood heros were imaginary. A reminder just how much children identify with the imaginary, magical world. I clearly watched television as a child, and most would consider me a functioning contributing member of society. Who were your heros as a child? Who are they today? How have they changed? 2) My heros have played a greater role in who I've become than I would have predicted prior to this exercise. Example A: The fact that I so admired Samantha and Shirley Partridge as a young girl makes it a lot less surprising that I care about mothering well, my many years of "not wanting to have kids yet" notwithstanding.