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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
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
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
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.
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"
Won’t Back Down"
“Stop Draggin My Heart Around”
Have to Live Like a Refugee"
"You Don't Know How It Feels to
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
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.
#3: Work Is Not for Sissies
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
If there was anyone who ever exemplified
why this newsletter is named “Work Is Not for Sissies”, it was
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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