On September 15th, 2007, after working on ‘his thing’ for 89 days – 16 hours a day, Jeremy Harper achieved his goal of counting aloud from 1 to 1,000,000. 

He streamed the whole thing. 

24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  He even streamed his sleeping and eating.  

To celebrate reaching 1,000,000 which of these actions do you think he took? 

Wiggled the birdie dance? 

Necked a pint of Guinness? 

Wept uncontrollably and dedicated the feat to his late grandmother? 


Counting aloud to one million may seem like a pointless exercise, but… 

Jeremy entered the Guinness Book of Records as the first person to count to one million out loud.  

He raised thousands for charity.  

And he became a little bit famous.  

And he said this, ‘Everyone has their number one. Everyone has their one million. To get from point A to point B you do it, one step at a time.’ 

And 16 years later I’m writing about him.  


The question is, what’s your thing?

And what’s your 1 to 1 million? 

I’d love to know.

I’ll send a copy of the 2009 Guinness Book of Records (the first one Jeremy appeared in) to our favourite.

You can find out what Jeremy did to celebrate (including a video) below. Please leave your comment too! 

Be Brilliant! 




  1. November 30th 2023 by Nick Finney

    A very fitting way to end an epic challenge!

  2. December 1st 2023 by David Paul Spear

    I weas born in 1948, a time of austerity that makes todays claims fall into obscurity. We survived through strong parents, no social help to talk of, as everyone was in the same boat. I have lived through two centuries, witnessed politians both left and right make the most atrocious mistakes. Survived an interst rate of 15% on mortgage. Followed a football team who twenty years ago nearly fell out of the league, but are now in Europe. Am still alive to rubbish the music industry today as opposed to the triumphs of 60’s , 70’s bands and soloists. Bought a gallon (5 litres) of petrol for 7/6 (37.5p) as opposed to £1,55 a litre today. Yes, I’ve been counting but not to a million… that figure went past years ago. when will the youth of the world wake up to realise that ‘us’ oldies have seen it, done it, and progressed into todays sunlight…amazed at the imbeciic idealism of todays youth with their vocal demand to overide everything that was built in my generation for them to be able to voice their feeble analodgy on the world whilst denying hardship that my generation went through to give them the democratic right to say such bilge.

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