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The MacGyver Secret: Connect to Your Inner MacGyver and Solve Anything Paperback – November 1, 2016
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About the Author
Lee Zlotoff is an award-winning writer, producer and director of film and television with over a hundred primetime credits to his name. Among his more notable creations is the iconic MacGyver TV series that has continued to run around the world for over 30 years since its debut in 1985. Lee is also a recipient of the coveted Audience Award from the Sundance Film Festival for his film 'The Spitfire Grill' which has gone on to become a highly successful musical. Lee is a graduate of St. John's College, with campuses in Annapolis, MD and Santa Fe, NM, where he served on the board of directors for over a decade and is now a member of the President's Council. As the father of four grown children, and now the grandfather of four, Lee is committed to supporting those who strive to improve global futures and outcomes. This is why he -and his children-have formed The MacGyver Foundation, which receives a portion of the proceeds from every MacGyver project.
Dr. Colleen M. Seifert is the SCIENCE ADVISOR for The MacGyver Secret. As a cognitive scientist, she offers expertise informing the development of the book and workshops. Colleen is an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Yale University. After a postdoctoral fellowship, Colleen moved to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, was promoted to the rank of full professor in 2001. Colleen has published over fifty scholarly articles addressing the intersections of thinking, memory, and creativity. Her research on problem solving and the creative process has led to methods to enhance creativity both in design and education She is a past President and Executive Officer of the Cognitive Science Society, and a Fellow in the American Psychological Society.
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I met the creator, Lee Zlotoff, and he outlined the process one night in his kitchen. I went home and tried it, and . . . nothing. A couple months later, he coached a small group through the process, and I asked the same question and got the same outcome . . . nothing. I tried it one other time and got the same result, so gave up on it.
Then several months ago, I was at an entrepreneur / startup event in Albuquerque and Lee was one of the speakers. This time he not only outlined the process and coached us through it, he explained the neuroscience. I’ve been studying neuroscience for a while, and what he said made total sense to me. Especially when he explained the time frames.
‘If it’s simple question,’ he said, ‘like, “How do I make this scene work?”, the answer will probably emerge pretty quickly. But if it’s a big, strategic life question, it may take three or four or five attempts.’
So, I wrote out my question (for the fourth time) and then forgot about it. About four hours later, in the middle of another presentation, I suddenly pulled out my notepad and wrote out a strategic vision / mission statement. And it was THE answer to my fundamental question – now that I’ve retired, what is the life work that will allow me to apply my passion, my purpose and my talent?
Eight months later, I’m still operating out of that answer and loving it. And I’m using the MacGyver Secret for other questions in my life. When I need a title for an article or the punchline for a speech, I no longer sit at my computer staring in frustration at the blinking cursor. I write the question as specifically as possible, then go for a walk or head down to my studio to paint. And somewhere along the way, the answer emerges.
I definitely recommend this book!
This book does not disappoint. I downloaded it pre-flight feom LAX to Oakland, and by the time we landed, my inner Mac had already provided me with a great idea to a financial challenge that had been bugging me recently. I HAVEN'T EVEN FINISHED THE BOOK YET!
I am a results-oriented business for creative entrepreneurs, and I KNOW I will be recommending this book to all my clients.
I am looking forward to seeing what happens on the next leg of my flight from Oakland to my home in Nashville.