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AHK Hero Club


AHK Heroes

First off, thank you so much for watching our videos and joining our calls!  We love helping people automate the mundane!  Unfortunately, we do have bills to pay so we came up with the AHK Heroes club.   By joining the club you get many benefits:

  • Access to live “office hours” — The Friday calls (10-noon CDT) are great because we accept a very wide range of questions. On Saturdays (11-noon CDT) we focus mainly on beginner type of questions and keep it as simple as possible. These meetings will be recorded in Zoom and shared with other AHK Heroes but will not be shared publicly on YouTube.
  • 25% Discount to 1-1 tutoring — Want a code review?  Help learning a particular topic?  We’re here to help!
  • 25% Discount to consultations — Need some quick direction on a project?
  • 25% Discount to project work — Want us to do the work for you?
  • Access to private AHK Hero Telegram group
  • Access to “master class” sessions & recordings
  • Discounts to AutoHotkey products — (Water bottles, squishy ball, stickers, etc.) (*US Only)
  • Access to Documents — We will be creating
  • Early access to content / videos — We are going to start pre-releasing many of our videos
  • Not convinced?  Take a look at the most common Objections

AHK Hero Community – Where friends and AutoHotkey skills meet!

 AHK Hero Community - Where friends and AutoHotkey skills meet!

Testamonials from AHK Hero members

I joined the AHK-Heroes club to support Joe and Isaias in the valuable work they do for the AutoHotKey community. The Friday calls have been fun from the start and I’m actually looking forward to them each week. It’s always interesting to see the different approaches others take when solving problems. The people are great and the relaxed atmosphere helps a lot in staying motivated. Highly recommended! Thomas K.

The Friday AutoHotkey Heroes sessions fly by with AutoHotkey experts Joe Glines and Isaias Baez.  They are an extension of the many tools, videos and help they put out for free.  The in-depth help, personal help is very valuable in learning new things about AutoHotkey and resolving issues.  Outside of the Friday sessions, they also have a Telegram channel that they are quick to reply to questions and requests for assistance.  – Dale W.

For a matter of time, I rarely attend to hero calls. I get all the benefits by the telegram chat. And these are a lot. In the telegram group you can ask for help all day long, and not only Joe and Isaias reply to you. There are other guys really expert who give you a hand with your coding. More, almost every day are posted useful links to videos and articles that can really speedup your work. “I’m in” and I don’t even think to get out. – Gabriele from Italy

I joined AHK Hero’s for direct access to Joe, Isaias and the community as well as the other perks like discounts on current and future training.   It’s a great value and no brainer.. 🙂  – Mario P.

I’ve found the AHK Hero program to be a great resource as I learn new topics. The group chat has helped me get pointed in the right direction when exploring options, and the Hero web meetings have shown me new things I didn’t know were possible with AHK. I really appreciate the help I can get from this group! Tyler F.

I have all of Joe Glines’ and Isaias Baez’s Udemy courses, and I’ve been following their YouTube content for at least three years.  I don’t think I would have ever gotten off the ground using AutoHotKey without their lasting contributions to the AHK community.  Although, with all of that being said, I always wanted more immediate access to these gentlemen.  The AhkHero membership has given me that and much more. – Mathew F.

I joined to listen to Joe, Isaias,  Jean and others talk about and demonstrate the various ways AHK can be used to deal with repetitive tasks. I thought it might help me learn how to waste less time. I didn’t realize just how incredible it’s been listening in on Friday mornings as they have troubleshot issues with other Hero members and helped debug programs as well as seeing how others approach similar tasks to what I do. Absolutely invaluable. – Robert R.

If you’re on the fence, we’ve got the below to help objections you might have

Here are some of the top objections / reasons why you might have decided the AHK hero club is not for you and why we disagree.

Reality: Many of the AHK hero members are very new to AutoHotkey.  They enjoy the calls and the Telegram chat because they can ask questions and save themselves a TON of time by getting feedback from experts that understand lack of knowledge is not a sign of lack of intelligence.   Also the Saturday call is intended for people new to AutoHotkey

Reality: Many of our members are retired and are loving AutoHotkey to keep their mind active.  Our eldest member recently celebrated his 82nd birhtday!

Reality:  Let me ask you this.  Do you have all the time you would possibly want?  Or are you like the rest of us that are limited on your time?   Learning AutoHotkey is a way of “buying time”.  Having access to AHK Experts means you can save even more time because we can point you in the right direction saving you a ton of time!

Also we currently offer    and bill-out at $71.99 an hour which equals ~$217 each week or $868 per month.  And that’s not taking into account access to the private Telegram group where members can ask questions during the week as well as getting 25% off on all of our courses and consultations.  Our Hero members agree the AHK Hero group is a STEAL❗

Reality: The vast majority of people using AutoHotkey have ZERO background / education in programming!  I’ve spoken to hundreds of AutoHotkey users, fielded two “AHK Surveys” having over 400 respondents and am connected to thousands of people on LinkedIn (connect with me here) that have “AutoHotkey” in their profile and I can % guarantee the vast majority of people using AutoHotkey are not “programmers”.  It’s one of the true selling points of AutoHotkey!

Reality: A lot of people stumble upon AutoHotkey and try a few things but are unsuccessful at being able to automate their Windows program.  They might even ask an “expert” on the AHK forum, Reddit or Discord for help.  The painful truth is the vast majority of AutoHotkey users know 1 or 2 approaches for automating programs.

We have 19 distinct methods for automating programs with AutoHotkey.  And when we don’t know the answer, we have 41 recognized AutoHotkey experts that we can reach out to.   As a matter of fact, we have yet to find a program that we can’t automate!

Reality: Here’s the plain truth; NOBODY and I mean NOBODY “knows it all”.   And even when you find true AutoHotkey experts, they’re missing the point about the community.   There’s a phrase I’ve coined in RPA (Robotics Process Automation).   In Desktop Automation, if you don’t study what other people have done with AHK you’re not “doomed to repeat it”  you “fail to repeat it”.  Meaning we are constantly learning from each other’s uses and innovations.   As humans it is often hard to see what we’re “missing”.  So, by watching how others are using AHK, we get inspired as to ways we might use it.

Reality: A lot of people think they don’t do repetitive tasks however our days are filled with them.  We’re just poor at recognizing that they are the same thing over and over.   One way to help spot them is by batching your work.  When you start grouping together the tasks you do, it is easier for us to realize we’re repeating the same process over and over.  Batching alone helps us be more productive however this is where AHK users really start to shine as they let the humans do the “hard thinking part” and then let the computer repeat the mundane task.

Reality: This is flat-out not true.  Tank, the leader of the AHK forum (and also happens to be a tenant and good friend of mine) has the following directly from Chris Mallett.   Chris did not want the AHK forum to be a “for profit” environment.  Meaning we can’t put ads on the forum / and the AHK Foundation cannot earn money for licensing however Chris in no way what-so-ever wanted to prohibit people from making money off AutoHotkey.    I’m thinking Chris realized that, by allowing people to monetize their knowledge / scripts it would draw more interest from people (like us).  Thus the AHK Community wins because more people are creating amazing things with AutoHotkey!

Reality: This is a very common misconception.  While you might be using a program that, itself, we are not using, the program is more than likely to have been written in a language which AutoHotkey can automate.   True, out of the 12,424 AutoHotkey scripts I have on my computer, none may automate your program directly however many will be very close and similar in the approach.

Reality: The good news here is that we don’t share our videos with the general population.  Only AHK Heroes are provided with links to the videos / can attend the Zoom meetings.  While we still encourage people to anonymize their screens / data, the number of people that actually view a given videos is very low (around 25) thus it is much more private than you probably thought.   If you truly have private data, you can schedule a consultation with us and we will not share your video /scripts with anyone.  When I lived in Washington, D.C. I had a Top-Secret security clearance as I did work for: FBI, DIA, CIA, etc.  Trust me when I say I take privacy VERY seriously!  Your Intellectual Property is (somewhat) protected.

Reality: A lot of our members don’t attend the calls.  However, you can watch the recordings at your convenience, however many simply use the private Telegram group for asking questions and getting help/quick direction.  Most days we have several people asking questions and getting help.  It’s a much friendlier place the AHK Subreddit and much simpler than Discord.  Besides, in our group you know you’re getting advice from true experts, not just people who happen to hang out.

Reality: We’ve lead 68 AHK webinars, 145 AHK Podcasts, 85 live streams helping AHK Users and have over 1,300+ AutoHotkey videos on YouTube.  We’ve already had 90+ AHK Hero 1-hour sessions where we’ve helped members.  We’re also running the largest AHK Facebook group, both LinkedIn AHK groups (btw- I have ~1,400 LinkedIn connections that use AutoHotkey), and have ~43 AHK Gurus on “speed dial”.   It doesn’t hurt that Tank / Charlie Simmons is the admin to the AHK Forum, is a close friend and a tenant of mine.  I have over 12,000+ AutoHotkey scripts on my computer and, between Isaias and I we have been working with AutoHotkey for ~26 years.

Reality: I % understand and agree.  It’s why we have the following rules that we heavily enforce:

  1. Practice respect for yourself and others.
  2. Critique Ideas not people.
  3. Accept & give constructive criticism.
  4. Make sure everyone gets a chance to contribute or speak.
  5. If others are talking wait your turn.
  6. No politics. Period!

While it is a great benefit to attend the calls live, you can still watch the recorded versions at your convenience.   And the private Telegram group is something that can be used at your convenience.  Since the Hero club is “global” there are people often answering questions at all-hours!

Reality: While this is likely accurate, the truth is tracking down the correct answer can take a lot of time.  Yes, sources like YouTube, Reddit, AHK forum, and Chat GPT can be very helpful however our members agree, there is no comparison to talking to an industry expert that work through a Question & Answer session live.

Reality: The truth is that most of us using AutoHotkey don’t want to be programmers.  But we all want to get more done in less time and automating the mundane parts of Windows programs is one of the best ways to get more done.  Sadly, there is no “one way” to automate programs thus we need to learn different approaches depending on the task at hand.   All of this gets you back to working on more important things.

Reality: One of the things I truly value about Isaias is that he understands that the answers provided need to be at the skill & knowledge level of the person we’re helping.  Many of the Hero members are very entry level while we have some that are very advanced.   Also, the Saturday session is meant for people that are just learning AutoHotkey.

Reality: You may find this hard to believe but, there was a time, where I hated being on a webcam.  It’s actually why I started doing the calls with Jackie Sztuk around 10 years ago.   But the truth is most of the Heroes don’t have their webcams on during the call.  Many of us are introverts and cherish our privacy so there’s no problem not having a webcam on and not speaking.

Reality: You may have heard this phrase: The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago.  The 2nd best time is today!  The truth is we only have time for things when we make time for them.  If you don’t put it on your calendar now and start regularly learning how to be more productive you’ll always be “behind the 8-ball” rushing from project to project.  Only by investing in being more productive will you ever get ahead of the game.   The more AutoHotkey you learn, the more free time you have!

Reality: While there is definitely nothing wrong with learning AutoHotkey on your own, we’ve found that we learn most when we have an expert available answering questions when we’re stuck.  It’s greatly reduces the amount of time it takes to learn something when you have an expert that can explain something directly to you.

Reality: I’ve had calls with several hundred AutoHotkey users and I can tell you this.  You’ll have far more in common with the mind-set of another AutoHotkey user than you will with: colleagues, friends and family.  I know this is a bold claim but I’ve found it to be very true!  We all want to get stuff done and don’t want to spend a lot of time doing the work.  Getting something that can help me move forward with what I’m trying to do is our #1 goal!

Reality: To tell you the truth, I’m not either!  I just want to be able to focus on what matters, not the mundane.  But, if I need to spend time learning AHK to be more efficient, then that is what I’ll do because, frankly, I just have too much to do and can’t be dragged down by the mundane.

Reality: Every language has it’s niche.   AutoHotkey is the “Swiss Army Knife” for Windows.  It’s, by far, the simplest and easiest language to learn yet is amazingly powerful.  AutoHotkey “hooks” into various Windows APIs better than any other language.  Because of this, it has an amazing amount of “built-in” functionality (because in reality you’re using the Windows API to achieve the task;  AHK just makes it easier for you).  AutoHotkey v1 is super simple to learn however was tricky at doing more advanced things.  AutoHotkey v2 has a slightly-higher learning curve but is better for doing medium to advanced projects.

Reality: English is not the first language for several people in the Hero group.  But, if you’re reading this, your English is probably “good enough”.  Our Hero sessions are hosted on YouTube (but they are unlisted so nobody can find them) which means you can enable subtitles and those can help you if you’re struggling.

Reality: This is very true however remember the old axiom “You get what you pay for”.  In truth, unless you’re a “saint” the quality of the answer & willingness to help others is related to “what’s in it for me”.   Thus, by paying us for helping you, we have a vested interest in ensuring you get your problem solved.

Reality: The truth of the matter is: Automating your life is the best way to “buy time”.   Humans have been using intellect to create tools to make them more efficient for as long as time has been recorded.  AutoHotkey just happens to be the easiest RPA (Robotics Process Automation) tool to use on a windows computer.  If you’ve never heard the “sharpen the saw” story, I highly encourage you to check out this short video.

Transcript to video on AHK heros

hey everyone it’s Joe and azaleas here from the automator and last week I watched this really interesting webinar from Pat Flynn on communities and it was really interesting so I extracted a one minute extract so we’ll go ahead and play that here and Isaiah’s not going to talk about it so let’s go ahead and play the video when you find those people and they’re having those conversations and you know one your your partner doesn’t have to listen to you talk about lures for 10 minutes because you’re going to
be talking to your friends on this on this um this community just just guessing here just throw a total guess that April’s like thank you you know but they’re like topics magic like business she knows that I am a business owner and we talk very lightly about it but once I start getting deep she’s just like this is for your people this isn’t for me um same things happening and same thing is happening with bass fishing I trust me we do have a lot of things in common that we do talk about but it’s it’s not
those things those things I talk about in these communities yeah right with other super nerds who are also outcasted by their spouses and we can all just kind of connect with each other right I love it all right so in that video you know I think a lot of us can relate to this and you know over the years I’ve talked to hundreds upon hundreds of people that work with Otto hotkey and what I’ve really understood is that there’s a really kind of a very tight prototype you know a profile of our personality traits like we we all almost
nobody in in like a few of them that really made me laugh was like tank and what’s his name the guy that wrote Otto hotkey H Eugene um neither of these guys are programmers right and like in YouTube I was gonna say that like I was gonna say like most of the people who we have talked to actually the guy from rupadium right yeah he was he’s not really a programmer and he’s like yeah I’m just learning stuff they’re doing amazing things yeah they do things that you you’re like did you really do that yeah
it’s really really impressive but they have this one thing it’s like they they need they need results you know they need to get it done they’re not going to sit around and or they’re also not going to spend 50 grand for something that you’re like you know this is actually I can get something close for what I need and it’s easy so yeah it’s this this thing of this passion though to yeah you’re willing to invest a little bit of time to learn but you don’t have to be a coder or whatever
um and and that was what I really realized was we’re a bunch of go-getters that work hard yeah there’s something and that’s that’s what creates our community right because yeah right now we have a bunch of people who some of them are even programmers in other languages I remember Thomas for example he programs in JavaScript or something like that and he’s just uh you know talking to us and uh asking questions you will be surprised he actually showed me a little bit of a feature that he’s
creating for one of his projects and I’m really surprised what he did out there so but the fact is that we sit around he asks questions and I just go ahead and take a little time to explain you know how I would have done it or why these approaches better and sometimes I even get to learn myself because he was using this uh webview controller that I have never used before so in a community you have you get somebody to talk to about something that you like as they were explaining right and when you do that when you’re talking about
something that you like the time flies actually we haven’t been noticing that the two hour you know hero lessons they they fly away and we’re even testing to see if we could actually do some on Saturdays as well because yeah you know we see the need for that well I was gonna say go back if you guys want something fun watch the video where is Ace and I first meet right and we I think we talked for like two hours like or maybe it was longer yeah it was a really long time we have so much fun right yeah really fun talking to someone
else who who gets what you’re doing and what you’re trying and anyway so it the point is you’re building friendships but you’re you’re learning too and you’re learning from each other and like you just said we also are learning from each other and it’s really fun to watch how people do stuff so that’s a big part of what the hero group’s all about right yeah and now this is the the other thing but a lot of people might think that oh okay so they’re going to be talking
about very complex stuff well well that is something that sometimes the case what happens is that in the group there’s a lot of people like most of the people that are in the group are just starting out or do not have a lot of experience so most of the questions are usually things that are simple so even though as the group grows we might have different questions and sometimes we’re enter into topics that might be a little bit more complex but that is a good thing because if you always do only the simple stuff you’ll never gonna get
better now even though you are not you know understanding the whole thing but the fact that you’re exposed to it helps you know that there’s some other things out there that might one day you say like oh I needed to do this oh I remember the last time we were talking about that let me go ahead and watch the video or ask them hey can you explain that again one more time we’re more than happy to go ahead and go over it well and the other thing is that I’d say about that because I I 100 agree exposure you know to different stuff but
often even when you find people who are very Advanced their Auto hockey is such a vast language with different ways of doing things people just didn’t even think that you could do a thing in a certain way right like you know I mean there’s so many things that are available that just Boggle the mind and that’s where when people bring up a question someone else you know often you or I have you know tried something but then other people suggest things too and you’re like wow I didn’t you know I
never thought about doing that again I think it’s really important to you know it gives you some time you know right now like you said we have two hours on Fridays and then we’re starting a Saturday hour and uh I think it’s great there’s also the telegram Group which you’ve seen also like people are in there you and I are in there so that way during the week we’re answering people’s questions and pointing in the right direction and and giving little nudges here and there of you know that and then
we have our live calls which are much more fun you know dynamic helping people um those are not streamed to YouTube so those you don’t see here in this way if people have private data yeah the other people in the groups yet but it’s not streamed onto a public platform so you can be a little more open about it yeah so and also you know you get 25 off if you want to buy any of our courses or if you did want like we’re not encouraging this but if you wanted Consulting work and stuff if you’re a hero member you
get 25 off on that as well um but yeah so if you’re interested and right now just for this video here for the next couple days um and actually we’ll see how long I leave it going but we are getting to a point where we’re adding a Saturday group and then once that fills up where you know we have enough people I don’t know if we’re gonna let more people just keep joining because I don’t wanna I’m not we’re kind of running out of our time in order to have this problems um but at the same time I don’t want too
many people to be at these meetings where people can’t get in and ask their questions so you might want to if you’re interested now’s a great time uh I’m gonna put a URL on the screen here for a discount you have this QR code on the background yeah that one actually right now that one goes into a 15 off of anything right so that right okay we’ve done but I have a special code I’m putting up on the screen here for everybody and that’ll give you a 50 off of the monthly normally it’s 14.99 a month this will
drop it down to around 750 749 per month so when you figure out you get you know three possible hours where you can have live interaction and help I mean granted we’re not doing one-on-one tutoring with you but for 750 a month um besides the discounts on the other stuff it’s a lot of you know really great value you get for that yeah definitely so yeah again check it out hey sign up try it for a little bit see what you think right it’s it’s one of those things I think a lot of people aren’t joining because they
think they’re not um quote unquote good enough or something man I’ll tell you there are people of all ages and all skills that are in here and I love some of the people that are here that are throwing out ideas they don’t care they’re like I don’t know I just don’t know how to do this and um some people are really like you said you you look at the skill set they have their level of knowledge and technology and the stuff they’re doing and I’m like this is awesome right it’s
what I love about Otto Hawkins so yeah um check it out so like again I would say sign up for give it a try you know just see what you think because it it here’s the other thing is also if you don’t pay for something you don’t value it right and by paying a little bit of money and then say oh there are these calls that I can go to it’s going to be much more likely you actually stick with learning Auto hotkey right because you’re vested now you have something at risk even if it’s not a lot
of money it still gives you a reason to say oh you know I need to go to that because I’m paying for it right so I gotta justify it and so it’s another reason why you we want to make money yes but it’s much more about helping people to learn how to live a better life actually even even if you don’t if you don’t want to pay at the beginning you can go to the free calls you see how is how it is and as soon as you figure it out because as soon as you see the free calls you will notice oh I need more
time because I want to make my questions and stuff like right A lot of people started off that way and and they again we’re growing because there’s not enough time yeah there’s not enough time for us to do it so yeah and again it’s you know on the free calls we’re streaming it to YouTube so if you have something private it’s you know and that’s where we’re you know we’re actually a really tight group of people right and so it’s it when you’re sharing your screen it’s not
nearly as you don’t get that feeling of like everyone on the planet could possibly see this exactly but yeah so hopefully uh check it out we hope to see you there up and if anything again you know even if you don’t join the saying it’s all about making connections with other people who have passions the same as you right and you I always said it’s like a workout buddy right this is we have our little Club where we have you know our buddies that we’re getting but find someone that you can talk to and
this is where is X and I we spend most a day in Zoom talking and half the time I’m helping him and he’s far better coder than I am right but it’s that interacting with other people it really makes a huge difference to spot things that just you know you wouldn’t get that’s right all right cheers

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