Monthly Archives: December 2014

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?

Continue reading Reformat Your Life: Deleting clutter for productivity

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