Getting Personal . . . And FINALLY Doing What You’ve Told Me To Do

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So, for months now I have been sending out advice about how to make the most of the MacGyver Secret and solve problems effortlessly.

Well . . . today is a bit different.

I want pull back the curtain a little bit and share something more personal.  So, here goes. I have one of those ‘milestone’ birthdays fast approaching.  A mega one.  Now I don’t usually make a big deal about my birthday– it’s  just another day on the calendar, right?– it comes and goes like any other day and, so what?  But those milestone birthdays have a way of making even me sort of pause and take stock.  Think about where the journey of my life has taken me, and, even more, where it should be going.  So, this got me to realize that now it might be time to share some of this with you.

You will see why as you read further.

Let’s face it, birthdays are pretty much “me” days.  Where friends and family have a chance to celebrate, well,  me…even if I’m not exactly wild about how fast my life is going and how quickly I am getting older.  Sort of like my own personal New Year.  A day to think about letting of of the past, and how I might want to change and, you know, maybe expand myself personally and professionally.  A time to set some new goals. Like…

  • Finally checking out the Grand Canyon, or China
  • Getting back into my guitar. (I know there’s a rock star in there somewhere)
  • Learning Tai Chi
  • Doing enough sit ups to make my abs at least visible.
  • Taking all the great hikes that are like 15 minutes from my house
  • Learning Spanish
  • Re-reading all the great books I read in college (and maybe understanding them this time!)
  • Writing that script that’s been knocking around in my head for the past few years
  • Maybe creating a new product to help parents cope with their teenage children


And the list goes on.  Some big goals and some small.  All with the intention of creating something new and changing things up.  Though, to be honest, those are goals I could have on any personal new year.  But since this is one of those mega milestones of a birthday, I realized it was time for a BIG paradigm shift in my life and the way I look at my work.  And I don’t think it’s a mid-life crisis– been there, done that.  No, this is really different. Because, instead of making this ‘new year’ about me…

I realized that I should make this year about YOU!!


As many of you have noticed, I am revamping the way I do things and am focusing on what YOU have told me over the years that you would like to see me offer or address.

Hence, I’ve stepped up my speaking schedule, I wrote and published the MacGyver Secret book, I’ve started more trainings, I published a MacGyver Secret Mini-Course and I’ve finally opened up the MacGyver Secret Online Course.

There’s still more to come! I am always interested to know what you wish for me to provide, so keep the ideas coming!

But…..(the infamous “But”)…


There is one REALLY BIG request you have made that I’ve been keeping to myself– for YEARS, despite many of your requests and outcries.

I’m contemplating changing my mind and giving you what you’ve been asking for since, like, forever.

But I’m nervous because it means sharing with you more of myself and my approach than I have in the past.

And I’m also going to need your help.

Anyway, that REALLY BIG request is . . . . (stay tuned until next time) – Lee Zlotoff, The MacGyver Secret


P.S. I’ll be back with more details in a couple of days. But until then, tell me in the comments where you’re headed this fall. Any goals for your personal “New Year”? Does anyone else go through this?


8 Responses

  1. Boone

    I’ve got a milestone birthday coming up as well and I’ve been trying to figure out what this means for me also. Reading your book has changed the way I try to solve problems and I’m working to get better at it all the time. I can’t wait to see what you have coming next. Thanks Lee!

    • Lee


      I’m really glad to hear the book is helping you– those birth milestones can be a bear! Here’s hoping the on-line course I’m trying to put together will take that problem solving to the next level, if that’s what you want. Lee

  2. Frank

    I’ve been going through a big “milestone” year myself.
    My biggest decision was to stop thinking in terms of “Why?”
    “Why should I do ‘this’ or ‘that’ when life keeps throwing everything
    at me?” “Why does everything seem so hard?” “Why can’t I have the
    success I’ve been looking for?”

    I’ve begin thinking in terms that the only thing that ever stopped me was me.
    Learning to stop the habits that set me up for failure has been difficult, but the
    path is becoming more manageable now. I’ve finally realized the worse thing to
    do is not try at all.

    I found the strength to believe that the only person that will never let me down
    is myself.

    Looking forward to your next update Lee!

    • Lee


      You have already made one of the biggest breakthroughs of all: Namely that YOU are both your own worst enemy and your own best friend– not to mention the solution to whatever you’re looking for from your life and career. I know it seems hard to believe that your success is really INSIDE YOU but that’s what I’ve discovered– and made work for myself. And you can as well. So, if the Mac Secret book isn’t doing enough to help you find those next steps and the way to break those bad habits, here’s hoping that, if you’re interested, the on-line course that we’ll be releasing soon, will help get you there. Lee

  3. Peter

    Now you’ve got me thinking, what is he up to … This fall we’re driving around the West Australian wheat belt towns and cathcing up the locals. Australia is so urbanized that it’s grreat to get into the country and ‘shoot the breeze’ with people who have a different perspective.

    • Lee


      Breaking out of one’s routines, and allowing oneself to see the world from a different perspective, can often be the first crucial step to changing your path in life, whether in career, personal relationships, whatever. Because there are many ways to craft a successful life for yourself and all you have to do to find the right one for you, is to open your mind enough to see it. Good luck! Lee

  4. Jared

    Thanks for doing this, Lee! Really awesome! Can’t wait to see what comes next

    • Lee


      It’s been a struggle to open myself and get this really out there. But I’m hopeful all the work will pay off…for everyone out there who needs it! Lee

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