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When I received an email offering a chance to interview Lee Zlotoff, the creator of MacGyver for the EJ podcast, my initial reaction was mixed.
I was excited to speak to someone who created such an iconic show, yet I wasn’t sure if he would be a good fit for a podcast about online entrepreneurship.
As I investigated what Lee was up to currently, it became clear that although he was not an online entrepreneur, what he is teaching is perfect for online entrepreneurs.
Lee has recently made public through a series of workshops and a book, what he calls the ‘MacGyver Secret’. He also has an online course in the works on the same topic.
Just as ‘Mac’ the lead character on MacGyver was able to solve problems using ingenious combinations of elements to get out of tricky situations, Lee explains that we all have access to the same ability to solve problems, if we can distract our conscious mind.
In this podcast interview we go back in time to the point where Lee was an upcoming screenwriter, writing for one of his first television shows. There were only three writers and as a result he was under a lot of pressure to produce entire episodes under short deadlines.
As you will hear Lee explain during the interview, he realized that his best ideas often came up during periods where his conscious mind was distracted, like while in the shower. He took this principle and formalized it, turning into a lifelong practice he tapped into whenever he needed to be creative (for example, when writing scripts) and solve problems.
Towards the end of the interviews Lee breaks down the three steps he currently teaches to help anyone tap into their own ‘inner MacGyver’. You can also learn the steps at his website, MacGyverSecret.com.
Of course, I couldn’t interview the creator of MacGyver without learning how the show was created. In particular, I was curious what the process was to come up with all the unique situations and solutions that show featured every episode.
You can listen in to the first half of the episode to hear how Lee first got his start as a screenwriter, how he wrote the pilot episode and also what’s coming up for MacGyver today, with the new series and upcoming movie.
Enjoy the interview, and make sure to test out the three steps to tap your own inner MacGyver next time you face a challenging situation.