Thought Catalog

Sam Cooke

Know this about me: I trust Tom Petty in all important life matters. It is because of Tom Petty that I don’t live like a refugee and am able to tell people not to “do me like that” (take that as you will). For years, I thought that maybe the waiting was the hardest part. Years of careful research have shown me, however, that it is not.

He would then give me one consistent marker I needed to hit every lap, seventy-five seconds, forty-two seconds — depending on the size of the track and the length of the race. Just do the same thing each time. That was all I had to do in order to get what I wanted.