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“Now I’m Free…. Free Fallin’”


by Glenn Shepard
October 17, 2017
Category: Success


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An estimated 1,670 children died from abuse or neglect in the U.S. in 2015.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services



There's never a "good time" to die.

But because rock legend Tom Petty died the day after the Las Vegas shooting, his passing didn't get nearly the amount of press it normally would have.

His story needs to be heard, because he followed three rules of success that everyone could learn from:

Rule #1: The Only Thing Better Than Succeeding in Spite of Your Enemies Is Succeeding Because of Them

His father was a violent alcoholic who didn’t like the fact that Tom had long hair, had no interest in sports, and was into the arts. He thought Tom might be gay, and is said to have tried to “beat the sissyness out” of him.

But it only made Tom more defiant. In fact, his defiance, determination, combativeness, and refusal to back down became legendary.

When he left Gainesville and formed a band in L.A. called “The Heartbreakers”, he was told he couldn’t use that name because another band already had it.

He didn’t back down, and he won.

It’s no coincidence that the theme of so many if his hits was defiance and standing up to bullies:

"Don’t Come Around Here No More"
"Even the Losers"
"I Won’t Back Down"
“Stop Draggin My Heart Around”
"You Don’t Have to Live Like a Refugee"
"You Don't Know How It Feels to be Real"

Rule #2: The Quality of Your Life Will Be in Direct Proportion to the Quality of the People In Your Life

When Tom was 11 and living in Gainesville, Florida, he had a brief encounter with Elvis Presley at a movie shoot. This got him interested in Rock and Roll, so he started hanging around a local music shop to learn guitar.

It was there that he befriended and took lessons from Don Felder.

Don later became a member of the Eagles. One day while sitting on his sofa, Don recorded a guitar progression that would become one of the most iconic songs in rock and roll history - Hotel California.

Rule #3: Work Is Not for Sissies

Befittingly, Tom played his last concert just days before his death, at the legendary Hollywood Bowl. He was on his 40th anniversary tour, and everyone knew this was his most successful tour ever.

What most people didn’t know is that he was in excruciating pain, because he was performing with a fractured hip. Tough and defiant to the very end, he refused to reschedule the tour to have surgery.

If there was anyone who ever exemplified why this newsletter is named “Work Is Not for Sissies”, it was Tom Petty.

To Your Success,

Glenn Shepard

 As proof of how iconic his music was, I bet you’ll hear his voice singing “Now I'm free, free fallin" inside your head for the rest of the day.


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