one woman's quest to live the life she's imagined all while daring you to do the same

A New Kind of Hero

I caught this Philip Zimbardo, TEDx a few weeks ago and fell in love with his non-profit: Heroic imagination project.

I love this concept of an everyday hero, and not the jump in front of subway to save a baby kinda hero, or even a Rosa Parks kinda hero–they’re hardcore heroes.

HIP believes that true heroism is not something reserved for those rare individuals who accomplish something extraordinary or who take impulsive risks, but rather is a mindset and set of habits possible for anyone to achieve. We seek to redefine heroism and make it more relevant for a 21st century world as no longer being the exclusive province of the physically brave, but also embodied by any individual with firmly held ethics and the courage to act on them. Perhaps the most important aspect of heroism is the ability to create positive change in challenging situations.

By simply letting the perpetuation of negativity end with us, we are acting heroically.

It’s simple:

Heroism is the active attempt to address injustice or create positive change in the world despite pressures to do otherwise.

I love leaving the house with my imaginary cape on. How many people can I make smile today? There’s even a sticky note on my door, “Now go, change the world.”

I’d like to think I could be as bold as a hardcore hero if the time came, but in the interim I’ll stick to smiles, big belly laughs and standing up for what’s right.

I leave you with this: What simple thing can you do to call up your inner hero?


Much Love,


Kat Hurley is a transformational author, inspirational storyteller, and live your dream life coach, making over motivation @The Year of Magical Dreaming. For the full 411, visit, yo!



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