From Pretender to
John Scott Stories
This Groundhog Day (February 2, 2013), we’ll watch with some amusement as
the residents of Punxsutawney, PA don funny hats and old-school suits to watch
a rodent predict the future.
Here’s the history of groundhogs and American winter predictions. It’s also the day when I release my first book, “Destination: Reinvention” . I chose this debut day for several reasons, one of which recognizes my procrastination in creating it, and the satisfaction of overcoming the resistance. After I was laid off from my previous job, the event that killed my career, I started writing about the experience. It was 2010, and the American economy was two years into a horrid recession. Companies were laying off workers by the millions. It was a painful crawl through the mess to discover a new way to earn a living. I found passion by doing the work, realizing I was competent, and enjoying it more and more. I wrote about every day of the experience. This blog was created in June 2010. Writing every day about reinvention, the job market, and the character of successful professionals was my way to warm up to penning a book. I completed v.1.0 of the work in early 2012, and then it all stopped. Like Groundhog Day, I woke up every morning and the same thing happened – I wasn’t finishing it. The resistance came under several disguises; it didn’t feel like it could be transformed from manuscript to something tangible. Then I thought no one would want to read it. Then I thought it was terrible. The demands at school took my eye off the ball. People would ask, “What are you doing these days?” I’d respond with comments about school, and then I’d say , “I’m writing a book.” It’s a good line. The next response would be a version of “What’s it about?” but it’s also a clever way to pretend. All of us could spend years telling everyone we’re