9 Badass Secrets for Putting Yourself in Luck’s Way — By Tom Sawyer And Tama Ryder
Creative, insightful, resourceful, tenacious and seriously persistent author, screenwriter, producer and director Tom Sawyer puts it all together in this creative guide. Aimed at helping everyone in every walk of life become a success, it teaches you that you can be whatever you want but you need to GO FOR YOUR DREAM! YOU DESERVE IT! Tama Ryder the co-author framed the secrets created in this book. The unique information shared is pulled from real life experiences — good, bad and comical. This approach helps readers understand just why Sawyer is such a great success.
Believing that you’ve got it is step one and deserve to win every time is step one of nine. This is illustrated by a phone call the author receives stating that they appreciate all that he did when working on Murder She Wrote but if he wants to continue he will have to take cut in salary. He was hired as Showrunner/Head Writer to rescue the series and he certainly did.
Barry, his agent, requests that he get a bump in salary but instead he gets the opposite. But, because he’s right on target and doesn’t back down, the outcome shocks his agent and Tom walked away smiling.
Know what you want to get from any transaction and focusing on the end game is just one great lesson to learn from this chapter.
Chapter 2 states, “It’s a Con, Master the Art!” The focus of this chapter is about learning from rejection and not letting it get you down. This is illustrated by an aspiring cartoon/comic strip illustrator imagining how he felt when showing his work to an editor who said it was no good and told him to go back to Chicago.
Tom didn’t allow this one comment to bring him down; instead he forged ahead. He thanked the editor for his comments and then decided to examine his samples and realized he needed to create pages that looked like they came from a real comic book. Armed and ready Tom enters Avon Comics, sensing the con and playing the game and from this point on his world changed.
Another meeting would open up worlds for Tom. Someone introduces him to Leonard Starr, who looked at his work and explained what he might require of him. A short meeting with Sol Cohen gave him further proof that creating new samples to show these editors was the right move.
Tom states, and I quote, “As mentioned, the Con sometimes works in surprising ways. AS REVERSE: When it does — Run with it.
At the end of chapter two he summarizes the points that will help the reader win the confidence of others. The authors preach, “Prepare yourself for the confidence game. Acquaint yourself with the rules. Bend them, maybe, but don’t break them. USE THEM!” Great advice.
Chapter three focuses on Coming into it late in the game or with other potential liabilities, and chapter four, titled Stop Expecting Miracles from Facebook, focuses on social media. The book recommends networking the old-fashioned way — IN PERSON! It focuses on making personal contacts and becoming a member of the community you want to be part of by “putting yourself in a perpetual network-expanding mode consciously and purposefully because that’s where your progress — your opportunities and success —will come from.”
Sawyer tells of being invited to write a TV movie in chapter five, Good Ideas Don’t Go Away! Be Tenacious —Be Flexible. This particular movie got the attention of Producer Bill Sackheim, who bout it on the spot. This project was tabled because he was asked to rescue one of my favorite shows, Murder She Wrote, with the great Angela Lansbury.
Chapter six, titled Opt for the Risky Route, tells about his time in the army and being sent to Tokyo. By gaming the system he was stationed there so he could bump up his art career by working as a staff artist Stars and Stripes, the daily newspaper published for American servicemen.
In the final chapter we get to the core of what the reader should remember: Never Stop Reinventing Yourself! Sawyer flashes back to a lunch with Gerry Matthews. They are talking about shooting a film about his actress wife, Freddie Weber, returning to her Middle American roots for her 15th high school reunion. He tells how he and Gerry created the film Reunion.
The true message of the book is know that you will be happier and more successful in life by using your time to do what which you care about. Go for your dream —YOU DESERVE IT. WE ALL DO!
Learn more when you read 9 Badass Secrets for Putting Yourself in Luck’s Way. I read this three times and realized that not only can I learn from using his strategies but someday maybe a traditional publisher will take one of my books and it will show up on the New York Times best seller list.
Tom: THIS IS A GREAT GUIDE TO SUCCESS AND YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION!
Fran Lewis: Just reviews/MJ magazine