Transformational experiences can be defined as experiences that fundamentally challenge a person’s assumptions and preconceptions, as well as their beliefs and values, affecting how they understand themselves, others, and the world.
It is said that being well-taught is not the same thing as being transformed. And that being transformed is not planned, but experienced only when there is a need for it. The power of serendipity takes the lead. But, a vital part of the educational process is learning how to learn, embracing new opportunities, and developing skills and emotions to explore the world and discover one’s place in it. It is certainly possible to create an environment that encourages intellectual curiosity and creative thinking in this ever-changing world.
People both seek and serendipitously encounter transformational experiences in many diverse facets of life. There is no limitation to when or where these can take place. Through adventure, and festivals, and through psychedelic journeys. Through work, professional hardship and growth, and through proposed environmental shifts that enhance leadership skills, productivity, or some other habit. Through family, having a child or getting married, or by going through a breakup or a change of location. And through thousands of other experiences that have potential to provoke real change in behavior or perception.
The idea is that all true learning and discovery, all personal development and growth, and every experience of transformation, happens outside that protective “status quo” bubble. Risk and stress are intrinsic aspects of all true personal growth and transformation. There is no way around this fact: To be changed, you must first be uncomfortable, and you must remain in that uncomfortableness for as long as it takes for the change to become, in essence, the “new normal.” To be transformed.
Christian Lachel of Forbes Council says, “When these happen, make sure you’re ready to maintain it, deepen it and freshen it with innovative stories grounded in the original emotional values. These values are eternal. George Lucas didn’t create them, nor did J.K. Rowling, Jane Austen or William Shakespeare. These are emotions that empower humanity to become more loving, spread peace and cause people to see the good in each other.”
For this book proposal contest, Publishizer is seeking topics from authors who have had transformational experiences and can successfully convey how that message or learning has fundamentally changed how they understand themselves, others, and the world.
Keywords we love: well-being, peak performance, corporate, creativity, networking, relationships, radical empathy, emotional intelligence, happiness, effectiveness, coaches, speakers, startups, entrepreneurs, technology, leadership, habits, insight, change, movement, work flow, optimal, health, lifestyle, spirituality, meditation, evolution, business, innovation
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Official Contest Rules
- Open for submissions now. All entries must be book proposals written in English and at least 1000 words long.
- Proposals must be submitted, approved and launched by 15 May 2019 23:59 EST online on the Publishizer website to qualify.
- Publishizer is accepting only original material that has not been copied from any other work. Entries must not have been previously published, produced or distributed in any other way.
- There are no purchase requirements or entry fees to enter any of the Publishizer book proposal contests.
- Entrants are entirely responsible for all content submitted. Anyone may participate. Entrants below the age of 18 must have parental consent.
- Only one entry per person is allowed for each contest. Any entrant who enters more than one entry per contest will be disqualified.
- This contest has 1 cash prize of US$D500 each and may be subject to local, state and federal taxes. The prizes are not transferable, and the winner is responsible for all tax payments, international charges, transfer fees and/or monetary currency conversion charges related to all cash prizes. Publishizer will only be responsible for the original cash prize amounts, and not for any additional costs, monetary transfers, charges or fees imposed between a financial or governmental institutions and the winner.
- The cash prize of USD$500 will be awarded to the entry with the most number of pre-orders sold during the contest. Only the number of preorders and readers registered during the 30 days of the campaign will count towards the contest.
- Editors from independent and traditional publishing houses will judge and express interest in submissions based on originality of ideas, quality of writing, relevance of content, length of proposal and Publishizer’s Book Proposal elements: Hook, Video, Synopsis, Outline, Author Biography, Audience Analysis, Marketing Plan, Sample Chapters.
- In the event of a tie, the contest judges will select the winner together with the founders of Publishizer based on the same judging criteria. An entry can win more than one prize. All decisions of judges are final.
- The winners will be announced on the Publishizer website and social media accounts within a month from the end of the contest. Winners will be notified by email and receive information on when, where and how the prize can be collected. If the winner cannot be contacted or does not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, Publishizer reserves the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick replacement winners.
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