A Pride of Heroes

I used to have a long list of the proper words to describe a group of animals. You had the obvious: gaggle of geese, herd of cows, flock of sheep. I liked finding the weird ones. A parliament of rooks, a murder of crows, an unkindness of ravens – black birds seem to have the coolest group names. You have an army of caterpillars, a quiver of cobras, a cast of crabs. In Australia we have mobs of kangaroos and wisdoms of wombats.

A while ago I asked the Hero Construction Company Facebook page what a group of heroes could be called. Some offerings were host, league, and army. Then came pride. It won me over instantly.

I like it because it highlights that heroes should be proud. Heroes are always humble, but there’s no reason they shouldn’t be proud. I like the lion connotation too, as it seems lions of different shapes and sizes all fit equally well into the pride.

Before I turn this into a National Geographic episode, let me get to the point. The purpose of this site is to create a community – a community of people living the heroic life. That’s The Pride. I’m sure we’ll have secret handshakes and t-shirts soon enough.

Entry into The Pride comes through this post. Simply leave a comment with your first name, last initial, and your general location. You can add more detail if you like. When you need some encouragement all you need to do is come back here to see names of the rest of your pride.

That’s what I’ll be doing.

50 Responses to A Pride of Heroes

  1. Emma October 14, 2010 at 10:06 pm #

    Emma L. Toronto, ON

  2. Erik October 15, 2010 at 9:03 am #

    Erik S. Colorado Springs, Co

  3. Kit October 15, 2010 at 11:42 pm #

    Kit B. Ann Arbor, MI

  4. William November 1, 2010 at 12:39 pm #

    I live in Frederick, MD.

    I am grateful to be part of the “pride”. I too work with young people and will be glad for the support.

    • matt November 1, 2010 at 12:52 pm #

      Thanks Bill – I’m glad you’re still following along.

    • Claudia November 6, 2010 at 5:42 pm #

      Great idea, Matt. Brings to mind a school in Birmingham – Pembroke Elementary – whose touchstone is Pembroke Pride and their mascot is a pride of lions. They would love knowing that they also can think of themselves as a pride of heroes. I will pass this along to them.

  5. Lisa Robbin Young November 5, 2010 at 6:28 pm #

    Live from Flint, MI. Looking forward to these new developments in your world. How come I didn’t see you at TedxFlint? :-)

  6. Dave Ursillo, DaveUrsillo.com November 6, 2010 at 3:27 pm #


    “Pride” is the absolute perfect description or name for such a group! I currently am living in Boston, Massachusetts. Consider me a part of this important initiative, I’d love to help however I can.


  7. matt November 7, 2010 at 8:59 pm #

    Thanks for joining in Claudia, Lisa, and Dave. I’m glad to see the choice of Pride got some positive reactions.

  8. Keano November 19, 2010 at 12:58 am #

    Heather K. Tallahassee, FL

    I recently started a club called “Everyday Heroes” as part of an anti-bullying initiative at my school. It is growing slowly as students realize what it is all about, but of course as is typical with middle schoolers, the club members are starting to take some flack, being teased a bit by the very people they have banded together to stand up against for their participation. I love this ideas of a pride of heroes. I’m going to use it at our meeting tomorrow – to remind my little heroes to be proud of what they are doing and the statement they are making. It will be perfect especially since they’ll be wearing their pink tshirt day pledge shirts!!

    Thanks Matt :)

    • matt November 19, 2010 at 8:30 am #

      Thanks for joining Heather.

      Do you think we’d be able to arrange a meeting of your school’s Pride one evening (or maybe lunch) while I’m there presenting in a couple of weeks?

  9. Witt November 19, 2010 at 2:53 pm #

    Witt W, Lincoln NE.

    • Chad December 6, 2014 at 8:25 pm #

      Hi, Witt W., it’s Chad E. formerly of UNP. Are you still there? I just found Gary on Facebook.

  10. Denise February 25, 2011 at 6:41 pm #

    Denise K., San Diego, CA

  11. B. T. Newberg July 1, 2011 at 6:47 pm #

    B. T. Newberg – Minneapolis, MN

    A pride of heroes – loved it instantly.

  12. Shan B August 16, 2011 at 11:13 am #

    Shan B. – Nairobi, KENYA

    I live in a land of heros. My pride grows.

  13. Xoilicec July 8, 2012 at 11:30 pm #

    Cecilio M. Louisiana

  14. Dennis van der Meer July 31, 2012 at 7:51 pm #

    Dennis M. The Netherlands

  15. Brian Meshkin September 21, 2012 at 8:20 am #

    Brian M. Maryland
    Thanks for your “notepad” I love it. Speaking today to a high school leadership conference on Everyday Heroes.

  16. Patrick May 9, 2013 at 4:41 pm #

    Patrick R., Vallejo CA

  17. Barbara Rink May 21, 2013 at 11:09 am #

    Barbara Rink, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  18. Katie B. June 27, 2013 at 7:17 pm #

    Katie B., Louisville, KY

  19. Ellen July 10, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

    Ellen Schmidt, Albuquerque, NM, humane educator.

  20. Milind July 15, 2013 at 11:42 pm #

    Milind B., Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

  21. Jack September 19, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

    Jack S. Evansville, Indiana, U.S.A.

  22. 8t88 September 26, 2013 at 5:20 am #

    Sven F. Wuppertal, Germany

  23. Lilian Graziano October 12, 2013 at 6:06 pm #

    Lilian, G. São Paulo, Brazil

  24. Natalie Brelsford January 31, 2014 at 8:27 am #

    Natalie B. Murray, Kentucky, USA

  25. Joe March 30, 2014 at 4:33 pm #

    Joe N, Nottingham, UK

  26. Wyatt Pickens April 16, 2014 at 12:30 am #

    I know I’m a little late, but:

    Wyatt P. Portland, Oregon.

  27. Rod Hyatt May 20, 2014 at 8:00 am #

    Just found this site – proud to belong. Rod H. Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

  28. Dawid September 23, 2014 at 2:19 pm #

    Dawid P. , Poland
    I think i’m first from Poland:P I hope that we’ll all be a heros in the future;)

  29. sandybrownjensen December 6, 2014 at 1:36 pm #

    Sandy Brown Jensen in Eugene, Oregon. I teach The Hero’s Journey to my college freshman writers, and I have been teaching The Hero’s Journey in Life and Literature since Joseph Campbell helped me set up my first class at UC Riverside in 1984.

    Consider yourself encouraged, and unkess you’re Canadian, don’t forget to tuck your periods and commas INSIDE your quotation marks!

    Everyone needs an English teacher ALLY on his Road of Trials!

    • Matt Langdon December 6, 2014 at 8:25 pm #

      Thanks Sandy. I’m Australian – does that mean I can use the logical way of matching punctuation and quotes? 😉

      Also, I think you might like the Hero Round Table in October.

  30. Suzanne Lucero (@S_Lucero) December 6, 2014 at 7:35 pm #

    Suzanne L. from So. Maryland.

  31. Chad December 6, 2014 at 8:27 pm #

    Chad E., Saint Paul, MN

  32. Aaron R - Michigan December 7, 2014 at 8:03 am #

    Very exciting stuff. Let’s change the world together, one step at a time.

  33. Olivia December 8, 2014 at 8:20 am #

    Olivia Efthimiou, Peth, Australia. Great work Matt.

  34. André Sólo December 11, 2014 at 11:22 pm #

    André Solo. Based in New Orleans but often traveling the world. Proud to be part of the pride.

  35. theharryramsay January 3, 2015 at 10:39 am #

    Harry Ramsay, Bangalore, IN

  36. Jasmine January 23, 2015 at 8:12 am #

    Jasmine.I Victoria Australia

  37. Jessica March 1, 2015 at 1:36 pm #

    Jessica. R British Columbia, Canada

  38. jaklumen March 11, 2015 at 3:58 am #

    Jonathan P., southeastern WA state, USA. I blog about the Hero’s Journey- both in our stories, and in our real life.

  39. Tony Wilson March 20, 2015 at 9:38 am #

    Tony W Des Moines, Iowa
    I am fascinated by the Hero’s Journey and the ways it can be used to help and encourage people who are “caught up” in life. It’s good for them to know that they are only “on the path”. The hero’s journey can give them HOPE!

  40. Rob's Surf Report April 29, 2015 at 12:08 pm #

    Rob R. in Bismarck, North Dakota, USA. I’m a poetic blogger who writes about riding the waves of a landlocked life, and I do it In style.

  41. Ashley Lynch September 16, 2015 at 1:43 am #

    Ashley Lynch, Northville, Michigan

  42. Mike Among September 22, 2015 at 4:41 am #

    Mike Among, Honolulu, Hawaii
    Thanks, Matt!


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