I NEED YOUR ADVICE (please!)

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[Note: In case you’re wondering, this post is a followup to this (which received more comments than I’ve ever received on this blog). I try my best to respond to each and every comment, BTW].

Ok . . . so I’m getting a LOT of emails/comments from readers upset with me about that cliff hanger in my previous email and blog post.

Sorry about that. Perhaps the drama of writing television for all these years is contagious (these things happen). Anyway, I’ve been feeling reluctant to talk about something. But it’s *long overdue* so here goes . . .

As you may or may know, the whole MacGyver Secret thing has gotten WAY out of control (in the best possible way).

When I first started teaching people the MacGyver Secret years ago . . . I never in a million years DREAMT it would have the impact that it’s had.

I’ve been blessed to have helped thousands (perhaps tens of thousands) of people transform their lives for the better.

And I’ve been deeply touched by all the beautiful emails, letters, gifts, and hugs I’ve received about this– from all over the world!

 

On one truly moving occasion, a young woman drove for hours to attend one of my talks so she could personally thank me with a hug for having saved her life!  She told me she had felt so abandoned and lost that she no longer had the will to go on.  But that, with a final, tiny ember of hope about MacGyver– who managed to get himself out of any situation– she decided to try the MacGyver Secret and found, not only a new way forward, but a whole new vision for her life.  I am rarely at a loss for words.  But I was then.  And I all I could do was hug her back.

 

So have I ever learned a lot!!

 

So here is what I have been keeping to myself for years….

I’ve been:

  • Nicely asked
  • Strongly encouraged
  • Begged
  • Pleaded with . . .

To share the accumulation of what I have learned over the past four decades of using and sharing the MacGyver Secret.

For YEARS I’ve resisted sharing all this stuff.

I made the usual mundane excuses like “I don’t have enough time” and “I’m too busy using the MacGyver Secret to actually teach this to others.”

And I’m embarrassed to admit that, as my writing career flourished  . . .

. . . I wondered if sharing the MacGyver Secret would actually HURT my own career and result in fewer scripts. I also wondered if I was even capable of teaching everything I’d learned in over 40 years of doing this. (Day in and day out, now, I’m realizing just how small this kind of thinking was).

Oh. And I’m also a bit of a perfectionist.

Ok “a bit” is a understatement . . . I’m a FULL BLOWN perfectionist.

And because I’ve given up all hope of fixing this, I realized that I simply cannot go half-way with this. As far as I am concerned – its **all the way** or not at all.

How I’m Trying to Learn From The Past

Before I wrote the book, my students kept saying “Lee, you MUST write a book” and I thought “But every problem is different, every person unique, how will I address all the different dynamics and situations?”

But I DID finally go on to write that book. And it ended up having an impact that I’m just now coming to terms with.

It would have been small minded of me to NOT write that book. And I’m beginning to think that not sharing what I know about the art of problem solving is just as small minded.

So I’m Seriously Considering Doing This

Despite my fears, hesitancies, and perfectionism, I am seriously considering pulling back the curtain and showing you just about everything I know about problem solving with every detail of the MacGyver Secret.

And sharing stuff I’ve never publicly shared with ANYONE about being the creator of MacGyver, and frankly, a highly sought after Hollywood writer.

(I would have LOVED to have had this training over 40 years ago when I was just getting started).

If I Do This, It Will Be A LOT Of Work

I’m excited about sharing stuff with you, but I’ve been around long enough to know that my small projects quickly get out of hand and turn into big ones

So I only want to do this if there’s enough interest.

So I want to know . . .

  • What do you think?
  • Should I do this?
  • Would you be interested?
  • Your feedback and thoughts are absolutely the fuel that keeps me going.
  • And I don’t want to even think about doing this unless there’s enough potential interest.
  • Anyway, if you have a second, please leave a comment below and let me know what you think.
  • It would mean a lot to me, and I’ll do my best to respond to each and every comment.

Talk soon, Lee Zlotoff

41 Responses

  1. Sir, I think you have your answer from the great comments already submitted. If not, then (to coin a phrase): MacGyver the heckoutuvit!

    Thx,
    Hubcap

  2. Michael Chester

    I thought Joan Golden’s comment (21st May) says it well. My sentiments are similar. This is the main part of her comment.

    “I think my biggest question is If you do this, what exactly will it show us that you didn’t show us before? I was incredibly energized by your workshop, bought the book and my copy is now well-thumbed and dog-eared. I’ve used the MacGyver technique many, many times. So – what more can you tell us that you haven’t so far?

    Will your new information help me clarify when I have a problem, and just what the problem is? And why it is a problem for me, when others may not see it that way?
    How do I get around my emotions to look at the problem clearly? When do emotions outweigh logic, or vice versa?
    How do I make the problem an inspiration to positive action, and not an invitation to negativity?
    How can I connect with others and incorporate new information into solving the problem?
    …and so on.

    Those are the kinds of things I would be interested in. And yes, if you did that – in a book, video, weekend workshop or whatever, I would be interested. It’s my belief that now, more than ever, we need to be solving problems, thinking and creating for ourselves and with others.”

    • Michael, Thanks for your comment. And, by way of an answer, please check out my reply to Joan on this page. I hear you, and that’s what I’m hoping to do with this. So stay tuned! Best, Lee

  3. hello Lee,

    You should definitely do it, from my point of view it is your chance to change the world.
    How many chances like this do you have over your lifetime? How many people you know have a chance to do something that could change the world?
    How many movie superheros do you know that could change how the world thinks and/or it’s mentality?
    From my point of view you could be greater than any invented superhero… imagine being greater than others people imagination…..
    I leave it to that and please do not strain yourself working, you need to keep yourself healthy in order to change the world.

    Best regards,
    Eugene

    • Eugene, thanks for your comment. And I get what you’re saying about superheroes: they’re fine for the movies but the fact is, you– and everyone else– have enormous power and capabilities within, if we only knew how to really tap into all that and put it to work. Unleashing that is now my dream, and my goal. And your words of encouragement only help to keep me going. But I promise not to overwork myself in the process and thank you for reminding me of that. Best, Lee

  4. Hola from down south in Corrales; I was on the road when I got your email. But plane rides and hotel rooms gave me a lot of time to think about a response, so here goes:

    I think my biggest question is If you do this, what exactly will it show us that you didn’t show us before? I was incredibly energized by your workshop, bought the book and my copy is now well-thumbed and dog-eared. I’ve used the MacGyver technique many, many times. So – what more can you tell us that you haven’t so far?

    Will your new information help me clarify when I have a problem, and just what the problem is? And why it is a problem for me, when others may not see it that way?
    How do I get around my emotions to look at the problem clearly? When do emotions outweigh logic, or vice versa?
    How do I make the problem an inspiration to positive action, and not an invitation to negativity?
    How can I connect with others and incorporate new information into solving the problem?
    …and so on.

    Those are the kinds of things I would be interested in. And yes, if you did that – in a book, video, weekend workshop or whatever, I would be interested. It’s my belief that now, more than ever, we need to be solving problems, thinking and creating for ourselves and with others.

    It will be a huge project for you. But if it helps any, I’m a pretty good editor and proofreader (I’m retired, happily married and have won a few writing awards myself), and I’m just down the road (and in Santa Fe frequently). I wish you every success with this new venture!

    • Joan,

      First, thanks for your offer to help as an editor and a proofreader. Fortunately, Dayna, my better half, possesses all those skills and is generous enough to clean up after my writing mistakes.

      But I’m really glad to hear that the Mac Secret as outlined in the book has been working for you! And, as to your question, what more is there to really offer? Well, in short, how to not only make this process a seamless part of your life, so that ALL the answers you’re looking for become available to you, but even more specifics of how to take it really deeper into just the sort of questions posed in your comment: Getting past your emotions, finding inspiration instead of negativity, and how to truly understand the essence of personal relationships and what you can do to effect those for the better. All stuff that I didn’t go into detail in the book.

      So if that sounds of interest, then stay tuned! Because the on-line course with all of that will be coming out soon. And I know that your journey, can go as far as you have the will and courage to take it!

      Best, Lee

  5. Elaine Ingleson

    I am 71 and just discovered your book. I have learned much but still often feel very stupid. Please give your legacy to me and to the world. The world has changed so much in my lifetime and the pace of change is excelerating beyond our ability to deal with it. What you have to offer may help us all more than you can imagine. Please share with us the gifts God has given you. Thank you for the book. Elaine

    • Elaine,

      Thanks for your kind and encouraging words. Yes, we live in a rapidly changing world that can often be as difficult to adapt to and understand as it can be frightening. But what I have to offer is less about what God may have given me, than what God has really given ALL OF US. Namely, the ability to reach inside ourselves– like with the MacGyver Secret– to find those resources and solutions that can help us overcome ANYTHING. Whether that’s a personal problem or a global one. We, all of us, have the ability to protect, preserve and restore this world, if we’re just open and willing enough to look inside ourselves for the answers. And that, Elaine, includes you. So, don’t let your age be a deterrent, because it doesn’t have to be unless you let it. Promise. Lee

  6. Lee, yes I really think you should do this, it will help lots of people in a very unique way. I love your approach! I use to do this myself and am tapping into this guiding voice once again because of the MacGyver secret. I was depressed for a while and one day I cried out to the universe and asked for a breakthrough. I was reminded of my power and how I can just remember who I am and tap into that power once again. I did and got my breakthrough and came out of the depression. Later I asked the voice that spoke to me about the free canvases I got from a friend, and the voice said that I am to paint a series of paintings of space clouds and stars. So I am working on those. I feel very strongly that is part of my purpose. I would love to see the inner workings of your method and see if I can improve on mine and maybe give you some insight into how I do my thing.

    Telah 🙂

    • Telah,

      Thanks for your comment– and your willingness to share so much of your personal story. I too have struggled with depression. But, like you, I know now that the solution to anything in my life comes from within ME and not from outside. And that alone is a crucial first step to changing ANYTHING in your life. So, if this new on-line course looks of interest– and proves of value to you– so much the better. And, yes, I look forward to hearing more of how your journey develops, whether in your new series of paintings, or in whatever other endeavors you turn your heart, mind and spirit to. Good luck! Lee

  7. Bill Polm

    You should do it IF this new book will not be simply a rehash of what you wrote in the first book but instead will substantively add ideas, techniques, procedures not contained in the first book. For example, perhaps information on how you have refined the technique and what works best for you.

    • Bill,

      Thanks for your comment. And suggestion. Because this new version of the MacGyver Secret is NOT A BOOK! But is instead, an on-line training course that does in fact go into more detail, and offer more tips of things that can help not only make the Mac Secret a seamless part of your life and work, but how I– and you– can apply it on a deeper level to any of the questions or challenges that one might confront. So, if you decide to try it out, I would look forward to hearing your feedback. Best, Lee

  8. I think you should continue to tell us your method
    for solving problems because it is very useful.
    Regards.

    • Nikoa, thanks for your comment and support! I’m working on it and hope to have it out to everyone soon! Best, Lee

  9. You helped me write a series of books that I see endless. I’m writing a spy thriller. I began to write very quickly. MacGyver became my friend ) It seems to me that I myself couldn’t think this way. That’s not mine. It comes from somewhere. MacGyver connects me with the spirit of the times. I’m pleased to smoke with him on a cigarette ) Thank you, Lee!

    • Anna, thanks for your comment. And I’m glad you’ve found what I’ve done so far helpful in your writing process. Because this approach simply MADE MY WHOLE CAREER. Here’s hoping it will do the same for you! Best, Lee

  10. Geoff Sheldon

    Lee,
    I think you can problem solve your own answer.
    Will the product be a valuable addition to the tools someone can use to help them through life and problems?
    If so, the answer is yes.
    Thanks,

    • Geoff,

      You are 100% correct! Anyone can problem solve their own answer. And I’m hoping this next addition will help everyone have access to the tools they need to help solve whatever problems or challenges they face. So stay tuned! Best, Lee

  11. Please share whatever new information you are willing to on using the MacGyver Secret.
    I am actually hoping to become a television writer and producer myself (sitcoms or drama).
    Anything I could learn from you about using these techniques both to help me with getting a foot in the door and with using this on the job would be so helpful (hopefully I’m not the only one looking for this kind of knowledge). Thank you so much for your time and for writing the book.

    • Joyce,

      Thanks for your kind words and encouragement. And, yes, I’m hoping this new on-line course I’m now developing will help people, just like you, achieve their goals. Because the truth is, success in any enterprise, including Hollywood, lies WITHIN YOU. And, with the right tools to access those inner resources, you can accomplish anything! So, here’s hoping this new addition to the Mac Secret process will help you get there! Best, Lee

  12. Luis Gellon

    Hi Lee, great idea, I think you should do it, I bought the book on Amazon and I think it is brilliant.
    Your post makes me wonder what are you going to show and question me about how much more will I get from your personal journey.
    And most importantly do it if you feel it, it is your life, and there is only one Lee Zlotoff!
    Cheers!

    • Luis,
      Thanks for ringing in with your support! I’m glad you think the book is of value. And I’m sure this new addition to it will only make it work better and easier for anyone who is serious about trying it! So stay tuned! Best, Lee

  13. Three simple words….Go for it

    • Steve, Amen! And thanks for your support. Every little bit helps! Best, Lee

  14. As far as I’m concerned, it would be a great benefit to everyone for you to take this step. In one sense, life is a nothing but a series of problems to be solved. The MacGyver Secret provides a way to tap into a source of problem-solving that is broader and deeper than the conscious self with its sense of control–which is almost always illusory. The results are more creative and more unexpected than the results of purely logical problem-solving. Moveover, learning the method inculcates trust in intuition, which is sorely lacking in modern society.

    So I think you should do this.

    And I would be interested in anything that comes out of the project.

    • Will,

      You have clearly grasped the essence of the MacGyver Secret. Because, though we are generally only taught how to try and solve problems with our conscious mind, the fact is, that usually OBSTRUCTS us from finding the best answers, which really come from our deeper mind/inner MacGyver/subconscious. And, like you, the more of us who learn how to tap into those powerful inner resources, the better the solutions we will find to ANYTHING. So, thanks for your attaboy, and stay tuned! Because more help is on the way (I hope!). Best, Lee

  15. Crystal

    Yes. Please do this. The book left me w so many questions & the desire to hear more examples. Don’t wait. Publish as you go & then compile in a book (perfection excuses gone 😀). Seriously, I need this.

    • Crystal, Thanks for reaching out. And, for all the reasons you mentioned, I’m thinking we should release the new material in an ongoing on-line course, rather that waiting to publish it in a whole new book. So stay tuned, because, from all the emails, comments and other feedback I’ve been getting, I think I’m finding the courage to get this out there much sooner than later. Best, Lee

  16. I thank you for the book and sharing the book. Being creative is important to and for me. About writing for Hollywood… well, not that important.

    • Bill,

      I hear you– and appreciate your comment. Because, even for me, writing for Hollywood is not what it’s all about. But creativity is something everyone can get better at, and that’s my goal. Not just for the Mac Secret book, but for this new material as well. And I’m hoping to have it out there very soon. Best, Lee

  17. Hiya the old tv show was good and the new tv show is great I can’t wait to see some more. Cheers Scott

    • Scott,

      Then stay tuned! Because a new season of the MacGyver TV series is on the way! Thanks, Lee

  18. Anders Lindh

    I think you have given the answer yourself. If it has been a success so far what makes you think it would change in the future? If you’re walking around and think about this the best way to let it go is to get it done. I myself am not very good at getting things done, but I’m practicing.
    Most likely it will generate lots of work, but also a lot of positive thinks back to you.
    Thanks for creating MacGyver and sharing your knowledge so far.
    Kind Regards

    • Anders,

      Thanks for your comment– and you make an excellent point. I suppose there is truly nothing to fear in taking what I’ve already begun deeper and further. That said, my career has been spent creating FICTION, and keeping myself, and my personal life, well behind the scenes. So, it feels like something of a risk to put MYSELF out there in such a meaningful way. But I realize, the only way to be authentic in my desire to make this about you, is to allow everyone into MY PROCESS and experiences with the MacGyver Secret. And hence, with the encouragement of so many like yourself, that is what I intend to try and do. Stay tuned, because I’m curious to hear what you think of all that as it emerges. Best, Lee

  19. Shalinda

    Do it.
    The one thing you’ll regret is not sharing it. It’s a legacy that no person can completely destroy. Knowledge shared becomes wisdom to the future.
    I will read it; then, I will pass it on.

    • Shalinda,

      Thanks for your comment. And I think you’re right. However this new effort is received, however quickly or slowly it’s embraced and adopted by people like you, the important thing is to just get it out there and let the knowledge tree grow as it will. I look forward to hearing what you think of it once I’ve done that. Best, Lee

  20. Mike Dickert

    I think the main thing is feeling able to throw away the box. (as in thinking outside of it)

    I learned this from an example someone gave in reference to a creative thinking class. The facilitator had the group stand up and then asked them to touch their toes.

    They ALL bent at the waist and did so. The facilitator had them rise and asked why no one lifted their foot to their hand instead of bending over.

    This lesson has stayed with me since high school and I’m 54 now.

    • Mike,

      Thanks for your comment– I don’t think I could’ve said it better myself. There is almost always more than one way to approach a problem. And learning to lose that box– as often as possible– it what the MacGyver Secret is all about. So I will grab my foot with my hand (and try to keep it out of my mouth) and forge ahead. Because the book was just the beginning! Best, Lee

  21. PLEASE DO THIS!!!

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