Surviving & Thriving at Cons: PAX Aus Edition

PAX Aus 2015 is only a few days away and I am super excited!! Sometimes conventions can be a bit overwhelming, though.

Cons are busy, noisy places with lots of people and lots going on all day long and into the night.

So here’s a simple guide to making the most out of your next convention while keeping your physical and mental health in tact.


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How to New Year? Discounted coaching to help you stick to New Year’s resolutions.

Happy New Year, heroes! We’re nearly halfway through January already. How’s your New Year’s resolution going?

Struggling? Already given up? Heroic can help. And we’ve got a special discount just for the occasion!

If you’re struggling with keeping your New Year’s resolutions, coaching can help.

Resolutions are often a happy, feel-good soft commitment. They’re a goal, but not a plan. Coaching helps you work out if those goals are realistic for you, adjust them to suit, and then set proactive plans in place so that you’re much more likely to reach your goals.


Okay, here’s how you get the discount…

Your first personal coaching session with Heroic is always free, and for all of January we’re giving new clients 10% off your second session. Just contact us to book your first (free) session with us any time in January or February and quote the code “HOW2NEWYEAR“. We’ll happily apply the 10% discount when we send you the bill for your second session.

Easy as that.

Sound good?

First session’s free. Contact Heroic and make the most of 2015 :)

Jarrod Farquhar-Nicol
Founder & Director
Heroic Coaching & Consulting

Looking Back at a Heroic 2014

It’s been about 5 months since Heroic launched and what a year it’s been already!

Top 3 Articles of 2014

1) Our most popular article (and most retweeted and favourited as well) was a celebration of geek culture and a shout out to a few particularly awesome geeks, in the post PAX is People: Smart, generous geeks who made PAX awesome. Thanks to everyone I met at PAX and who made it happen. It was fantastic and I can’t wait for next year.

2) Our next most popular article was Patience Pays: Benefits of waiting to buy. It seemed to hit a chord with people and is worth recalling as the Christmas sales begin

3) It seemed people also appreciated my diversion into cynical humour with Blasting Off Again: How to constantly fail; a primer from Team Rocket. That article channeled the voice of Team Rocket and I highly encourage you to do the exact opposite of everything the article recommends.

Celebrating the Wins

Heroic was also a supported and prize-contributor for the inaugural Child’s Play Trivia Australia. We donated to help Ninja Pizza Girl get funded, and our signage can be seen in the game, helping ninja pizza girls and players find a friendly coach when they need one.

We post a lot of personal development articles here, but we also coach in real life.

We’ve had several wins in that area, this year, with our coachees saying some great things about Heroic and – most importantly – getting the clarity and direction they need to take strides toward their goals and actively create a better life for themselves.

We couldn’t be happier! Congratulations, heroes!

World of Heroes

We had hundreds of people visit our site even in these early days. Thank you all! Our visitors were primarily from Australia, the United States and Russia. But we had some interest from Spain, Germany and Hong Kong and others, too.

Thanks to everyone, around the world, for following Heroic.

We have lots of cool stuff in store next year, so stay tuned. In 2015, Heroic will be even bigger and better!

Have a Heroic New Year, everyone!

Escort Missions IRL: How to look after yourself while looking after someone else

Have you ever played a game where you’ve gotta take care of yourself and an NPC? Have you ever had to step up and be the rock, the support, the voice of calm and reason? Did you ever feel like you weren’t equipped for that? Have you ever helped others so much you’ve run yourself into the ground? We’re talking today about how to be there for others while keeping an eye on your own mental, emotional and physical health. Continue reading Escort Missions IRL: How to look after yourself while looking after someone else

Reformat Your Life: Deleting clutter for productivity

Do you ever just want to chuck everything out and start fresh? It’s daunting, but tempting. Do you love the feel of a freshly formatted computer or an empty desktop? Today we look at getting that same feeling by deleting the unnecessary in your every day life.

How much stuff do you have in your life that you don’t need? Is it hindering your productivity? Making it harder to find things? Harder to get things done?

Some people, like myself, almost need a bit of clutter around to work. Toys on the desk, several pens at the ready. It seems a clear space never stays fully clear for long.

But even then, too much physical (or digital) clutter can lead to mental clutter.

And the more mental mountains you have to climb to just get started on something, the less productive you’ll be.

If you have to click down seven folders to get to “New Folder (6)” and then sort through documents called “Doc 1″ and “Important” for 15 minutes before you can find what you’re looking for – before you can even begin working on that file – you need to declutter.

Instead, if you have a fresh, clean physical or digital space, your mind will be fresh and clean as well and ready to fill the blanks with creativity and productivity.

I’ve just gotten a new computer and installed only the essentials. It reminded me how unnecessary many of the things on my old PC were (with over 4TB nearly full).

I’m also moving house next year, so we’re looking through our belongings and throwing a lot of them away.

This topic’s been on my mind and I’ve been using these questions to help myself. When you want to declutter your life, think on these four questions.

Ask yourself:

  1. Have I used this in the past 12 months?
  2. Does this serve the purpose of this space?
  3. What does my ideal space look like?
  4. Is this irreplaceable?

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The Light Side: It’s Okay to Be Excited About Star Wars

“OMG The Force Awakens trailer was OMG SO GOOD!” “Nah, it was lame!” “Lame? What about that lightsaber claymore thing? So awesome!” “That was the worst bit!”

Sound familiar?

Have you ever loved a franchise and wanted to love the next instalment but decided not to get your hopes up so you didn’t get let down? Is the glass half full or half empty? Is 7.5/10 a game you’d play or not worth it because it’s not a 9.5?

Today we discuss the idea of being happy and excited about something you want to love, even if it’s not exactly as you expected. Continue reading The Light Side: It’s Okay to Be Excited About Star Wars

Surviving Steam Sales: Benefits of waiting to buy

I usually post on Wednesdays. Today’s Thursday. I hope you all managed to last through the agony of an extra day without my insights. I’m here today to talk a bit about patience.

I’m tackling the first world problem of having waited forever for Dragon Age: Inquisition to come out, then finding my PC isn’t powerful enough to run it. DA:I is my most anticipated game in as long as I can remember.

I actually realised my dilemma a few months ago and I started looking into getting a new PC. It’s about time for one anyway. Turns out my brother’s not using his old one (and it’s newer than mine) so he’s very generously giving it to me as a belated birthday present. I’ll be seeing family in a few weeks, so I may get it then, or maybe after Christmas.

So, yeah, as I said: first world problem. It’s made me more mindful of patience. For your benefit and mine, here are some tips and thoughts on the topic.

Now, you’ll see several of these points are around money, and the general focus is games, movies and so on – which is timely, really, with lots of holiday sales coming up – but as you become more patient in these realms, you may find your patience for other things increasing as well. Continue reading Surviving Steam Sales: Benefits of waiting to buy

PAX is People: Smart, Generous Geeks Who Made PAX Awesome

The founders of PAX have said again and again that PAX is the people. They’ve compared the convention to a party. They’re just the hosts, it’s the guests who make it awesome.

PAX Aus 2014 Crowd

I had so much fun and learnt a lot at PAX Aus 2014. I met and heard from all sorts of people, from politicians to TV show hosts, to game developers and random friends-I-hadn’t-met-yet. Here’s a few shout outs to some smart, generous geeks who made PAX awesome. (Hit the links to jump ahead).

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How to Cope with the Post-PAX Blues

It’s been 10 days since PAX Aus 2014 ended. Does it feel longer or shorter?

Both, maybe?

After PAX (or other awesome gatherings of like-minded nerds) there’s a point where you come down from the high and the excitement. A lot of people feel hollow or bereft after PAX. It is known.

So what can you do about it?

Well, first off, let’s reframe. You’ve only got the blues because you just spent hours or days among your extended family of nerdkind revelling in each other’s company and sharing great experiences and memories. You had an awesome time. Don’t forget that :) Yet, remembering it and how normal life is so unlike that mystical time can get you down.

So we need to do something. Here’s a few ideas:

  • Connect with fellow nerds online
  • Share memories, photos and stories
  • Join or create a regular nerd gathering
  • Work on cosplay or plan for next year
  • Make the most of every encounter

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How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love NaNoWriMo

Okay, so that title’s not entirely accurate, but in NaNoWriMo, you can’t edit while writing (save that for December; writing’s in November). So, in that spirit, I’m not going to edit this post as I go. I’ll leave that heading, orphans and weird sentence structure just as they are, for good or ill, this post will be done in record time – just like NaNoWriMo intends.

I’ve “won” National Novel Writing Month every year since 2007. So have thousands of others. That’s because NaNoWriMo isn’t a contest against each other, but a challenge for yourself. It’s simple and daunting: write 50,000 words in the 30 days of November.

That’s 1,667 words per day. Round up to 2,000 to give yourself a bit of a buffer.

You need the same skills for NaNoWriMo that you need to get most things done in life. And guess what? Skill in writing isn’t one of them. No, it’s mostly about sticking to it, wanting it, rolling with the unexpected and seeking support when you need it.

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