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Fast-forward a decade…
I’m still living in the same house. Still incredibly blessed to have my lovely wife and (now much bigger) daughter…
I’ve still got a few hand tools, and I still use them occasionally.
But the panic has gone. And a change has come over me. I’ve become some kind of expert on How To Change The World.
(I know, right!)
All those things I struggled with, in that MISSION I told you about, have proved to be invaluable. Given me insights into how all change takes place – which is why I haven’t been too explicit about exactly what my mission was.
My experiences taught me (the hard way) to recognise defeatism whenever I see it, or experience it…
How to focus, not on the vast circle of things that might worry me, but the smaller circle of things I can do something about…
And to have a great time doing it.
(Read that bit again. It’s very important.)
I’ve taken everything I learned, and written it in a book called (you guessed it):
How To Change The World
A word about the title. It’s a big claim. If it helps you to make sense of it, think of it as How To Change YOUR World.
If you do a decent job of it, perhaps the news will spread – you’ll end up changing the entire world, too.
People seem to find the book helpful. Like this chap, from the US:
“Flintoff is a master at turning your smallness into something giant and the world’s enormity into Lego blocks… This changing the world stuff can feel awfully fluffy, but Flintoff, perhaps more than anyone else out there, brings it down to earth” – Cameron Conaway, The Good Men Project
And this woman, an author, based in Australia:
“I don’t know how he managed to avoid the usual cliches”
- Rachel Botsman, author of What’s Mine Is Yours
I’m really chuffed. (That’s UK English, it means I’m pleased.)
And today people ask me to TALK about changing the world. When I do these talks, I call on everything I’ve got. My many years of experience working with:
- Hollywood actors,
- rock stars,
- religious leaders,
- criminals (and their victims),
- Nobel-winning scientists,
- philanthropists and
- any number of “ordinary” people who have had extraordinary experiences.
I’ve delivered this material in person to groups as large as 5,000, on four continents. And it seems to go down quite well:
“JP communicates in an honest, funny, always empowering and never boring or worthy way. His passion for learning, testing stuff out and thinking outside of the box makes it a pleasure to be in the same room as him, never mind work with him. I highly recommend you go to his talks and workshops, and find any excuses to work with him in any way you can – I do!”
- Sarah Corbett, founding director of the Craftivist Collective
More usuallly, I deliver it in places where groups of 25, 30, maybe even 50 people can be gathered together to think through their own MISSION. Get really clear on what the problem is, then how to solve it…
One place I’ve delivered this again and again is The School of Life, in London, where public classes (when I last checked) cost £45. I’ve done Guardian Masterclasses, at about the same price. And I’m chuffed to have been able to. The School of Life is a great place. The Guardian too…
But until now I’ve felt incredibly frustrated that I couldn’t reach further.
Because there are SO MANY people who feel disempowered, and needn’t feel that way.
PLUS, travelling to London is not always possible, as this tweet told me:
Surely I could do better? I think I can…
Here’s a short video I recorded, in the kitchen at The School of Life, before my very last class there. Less than half a minute long.
Watch it now:
Afterwards, when I told people it was my last class, ever, a few literally howled, which was enormously gratifying.
WHY???!!!!, they asked. One even promised to make an official objection. I tried to talk her out of it.
Because what’s coming next is even better.
From now on, I’ll no longer be restricted to working with the relatively small numbers of people who fit into that basement classroom.
For months, I’ve been working hard at setting up courses I can deliver in instalments, by email, video, and the magic of live streaming on the internet.
Some of the courses are broadly similar to things I tried out at The School of Life, and elsewhere.
Others are entirely new.
I’ll be charging a lot for some of them, because they’re incredibly valuable.
But some things I want to be free. To share with as many people as humanly possible.
If you’re interested, I’ll take you behind the curtain, and on the next page you can watch me describe the essentials, at a strategic level. But before you come through, you might want to fetch a pen and paper.