How to change your life in 7 steps  – John Bird Founder of The Big Issue


1.Start with 3%

a) The despair of depression

b) Remember – one small step at a time

2. Stop thinking like a victim

a) The blame culture

b) The world may screw you up – but you have to sort yourself out

c) Pat’s story

d) Stop making excuses

e) Stop feeling sorry for yourself

f) What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger

g) You are no longer a victim if:

3. Be true to yourself and others

a) Lying feels good – until you get found out

b) Lying can even be dangerous…

c) Truth leads to freedom

4. Stop knocking everyone else

a) Put your energy to better use

b) Me, on the receiving end

c) People don’t like facing up to change

d) Try to find sources of genuine support

e) Negative vibes in the workplace

f) Is it a broken egg? Or an omelette?

5. Think for yourself

a) Think, before you believe

b) Give your own true opinion, even if it’s different

c) Listen to others, but believe in your own ideas

6. The importance of making mistakes

a) Some you lose

b) Maybe next year…

c) What are you afraid of?

d) Remember: you only have to start with 3%

7. Be your own leader

a) Times when someone has to take charge