Jeremy Statton

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The Secretly Incredible You Contest

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I have learned a secret that I want to share with you.

The greatest discovery I have made writing this blog is you.

As I write about my own stories and try to inspire you to live a better story of your own, I have come to realize that many of you already are. Some of you have written me and told me about the journey that either you or someone you know is on.

And your stories are amazing.

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I have learned that the world is full of people who are Secretly Incredible. People like you.

These secrets are too amazing to let them remain that way. I have been inspired so much by your stories, that I want to share them with everyone else.

I want to tell everyone your secret. I want the world to know your story. And I want to help you share it with them.

Starting next week, every Friday I plan to spotlight the story of a person who is Secretly Incredible.

But I need your help finding these stories. I need you to tell me about the incredible story that either you or someone you know is living.

When I highlight your story on the blog, I plan on leaving links to your own website and social media connections, so that as many people as possible can learn more about you.

From your submissions,  I will select 20 to tell the world about. The contest will remain open until I select the last one. Up until then feel free to submit as many names and stories as you want.

At the end, I will put the stories together and publish them in a book. Yes. a real book with you and your story in it.

Remember, the more people you share this contest with, the better the stories will be. Please tell everyone you know.

To enter fill out the form below. Include your name, email address, and the person you want to nominate. Then in 200 words or less give me a description of yourself or the person you are nominating and what makes the story so incredible.

I will notify winners by email. Since the contest will last for up to 20 weeks, you may receive an email from me up to 4 months from now. If you do not receive an email, assume that I did not choose your story.

By entering, you are agreeing to allow me to publicly publish your story. I will not publish the story without notifying you or without your explicit consent.

The best way to stay updated on the results of the contest is to subscribe to my blog. Just click here to sign up.

Acknowledgements: I want to thank Joe Bunting at The Write Practice for helping me organize this contest.

 

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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  • http://www.brandongilliland.com/ Brandon

    Awesome idea! Quick question- is the story 200 words? or is that just the information so you can find out more?

    • http://jeremystatton.com/ Jeremy Statton

      Just the info. I’ll then discuss the story in more detail later.

      • http://www.brandongilliland.com/ Brandon

        Awesome!

  • http://keynotesfromthekgb.wordpress.com/ Cierra Justine Lynch

    Oh, this is a fantastic idea! I hope you don’t mind, but I shared this on my own blog.

    • http://jeremystatton.com/ Jeremy Statton

      Fabulous. That is exactly what I was hoping. I would like to see as many people as possible submit stories. Thanks for sharing Cierra.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=725133780 Dana Bennett

    Your idea for this contest is fabulous and I am so grateful to you for coming up with it. Maybe it seems simple to you. But I want to tell you that you solved a HUGE problem for me. I wanted to write a book in fiction about my family. Of course, I know my own story the best, right? I lived it. But I’m so tired of my story already. I wrote a memoir (which I wouldn’t publish but which is really well-written) for my master’s degree in humanities about 5 years ago. But I also (you reminded me of this) have a gift for teasing other people’s stories out of them. What a fun project to work on and submit to your blog. (I promise not to use fuck or anything else like that!) I have a blog and recently posted about a friend of mine with a recurrence of breast cancer and I did use f…. Seemed justified. http://danabeesvoice.blogspot.com  I look forward to reading your blog, Jeremy. I read about you on Joe Bunting’s blog. Thank you.
     

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=725133780 Dana Bennett

    Your idea for this contest is fabulous and I am so grateful to you for
    coming up with it. Maybe it seems simple to you. But I want to tell you
    that you solved a HUGE problem for me. I wanted to write a book in
    fiction about my family. Of course, I know my own story the best, right?
    I lived it. But I’m so tired of my story already. I wrote a memoir
    (which I wouldn’t publish but which is really well-written) for my
    master’s degree in humanities about 5 years ago. But I also (you
    reminded me of this) have a gift for teasing other people’s stories out
    of them. What a fun project to work on and submit to your blog. (I
    promise not to use fuck or anything else like that!) I have a blog and
    recently posted about a friend of mine with a recurrence of breast
    cancer and I did use f…. Seemed justified.
    http://danabeesvoice.blogspot.com  I look forward to reading your blog,
    Jeremy. I read about you on Joe Bunting’s blog. Thank you.

    • http://jeremystatton.com/ Jeremy Statton

      Sounds great. do you plan on submitting a synopsis of the story through the contact form in the post?

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  • iamwendydawn

    Because of posts like this… or perhaps I should say because of blogs like yours…well lets scratch ALL OF THAT… Because of people like you, the world is a much better place. I was led to feature this contest, but more importantly your blog in a post on my blog (http://www.theendfocus.com) Keep doing what you do. 

  • http://www.storywrought.wordpress.com/ Elizabeth Hudson

    Jeremy, what a great idea! 

    Bob Goff is the king of secret incredibles. I was blown away by his book, and I’m making some major adjustments in my life. When I heard him speak, all I could think of was that I wanted to be EXACTLY like him. But it doesn’t happen overnight. It’s an uncomfortable process. 

    I’m going to think this over and get back to you about my nomination.

    • http://jeremystatton.com/ Jeremy Statton

      He is really amazing. I feel the same way. I want to walk out on stage and say “Hey guys!” with all the enthusiasm I can muster. I want to make everyone I meet fee like we have been the best of friends our whole lives. Amazing.

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