Jeremy Statton

Living Better Stories

6 Words That Will Change Your Story

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I’m always looking for good bits of advice. A secret way to make my story better.

A few weeks ago at Catalyst, Bob Goff told me the only two things I need to know to live an incredible story.

Loving and Doing.

photo by Kristina Alexanderson (creative commons)


Love is the “why” of our story. What we do is determined by what we love.

Who spends several hundred dollars on football tickets and then decorates their own body in ways that if they were seen anywhere but a stadium might be arrested, or at the very least considered insane? People who love football.

Who camps out overnight to wait in line for a new phone? People who love gadgets made by Apple.

Who wakes up at 4:30am to write? People who love to tell stories.

Loving comes naturally to us. We all love something.

But better stories begin when we begin to love better things. 

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When we choose to love, the impossible becomes doable.

Even when that doing is incredibly difficult. Even when that doing is impractical. Even when that doing will require us to give and to give and to give.

Even when that doing asks us to give away our life.

Not sure what you love in your life? Take a look at your actions.

  • Where do you spend your time?
  • On what do you spend your money?
  • What occupies your thoughts?
  • What did you do this past weekend?

The Best Stories

According to Bob, the formula for a better story is very simple.

Love God. Love people. Do stuff.

What do you love? What are you doing about it?

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About Jeremy Statton

Jeremy is a writer and an orthopedic surgeon. When not ridding the world of pain, he helps you live a better story. Follow him on Twitter or Facebook or Google +.

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11 Replies

  1. Like most of the important stuff in life, this seems too simple to be effective. Kind of like the gospel. Good sign you’re on the right track. Thanks, Jeremy.

  2. My brain needs the simple things. They are easier to remember.

  3. Thanks for sharing a bit from the Bob Goff talk. He’s such an inspiration. His life is one that exudes love and whimsy.

    Well, I love my wife. Not going to share what I’m doing about that (-;

    I’ve also fallen in love with writing. That’s made me stay up late, write notes, make myself known, etc. The love of writing has caused me to stretch myself into new roles.

  4. “Love God. Love people. Do stuff.” oh my. So simple. yet not-so-easy. 🙂

  5. Awesome post! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Great post. I’m a big Bob Goff fan. I got to meet him at Story and love his simple message.

  7. It’s simple but so true. If we stick to those 3 things, we are all set.

  8. Great article! I also loved “Love Does”. I started thinking about what I love and the first thing that came to mind after God was eating and blogging, since I spend a good portion of my time enjoying these things.

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