Second Edition Re-Write

Mitch Schneider
September 20, 2019

I had a profoundly interesting experience this morning.

I was talking to a friend — one of our ‘test readers’ for Misfire: What to Do When Things Aren’t Running on All Cylinders, the book I’ve just released (go to: misfirebook.com) — when he shared something that has been bouncing around in my head ever since.

As a ‘test reader,’ he was given one of the later versions of the book in nine separate sections. My friend was diligent in exercising his responsibility, which is why his story resonated with me so.

He was given a final, published copy of the book just the other day. A copy his wife started reading. In their conversations about the material it became obvious the current version was quite different from the version he had originally read.

That’s when I realized I could say the same thing about me and my life. The original version: the version everyone got to know before I was diagnosed and went in for my transplant, is dramatically different from the latest ‘release.’

I’m not going to say that the re-write represents a kinder, gentler Mitch: a new and improved version. But I am more thoughtful (As represented by 174 blogposts?) than I was before. And, more introspective. More patient and certainly more understanding. The bottom line is that I am different. You almost have to be after going through what I’m going through and that changes you. But we’re all very different from our First Editions, aren’t we?

Hopefully, we’ve all evolved into something better: some one that’s, better!

Take a moment to think about that. Think about who you were, what was important to you and how you related to yourself and engaged with everyone around you. Isn’t this version — the latest re-write — a better read than the one that preceded it?

If the answer is, No! Then, I’ll bet it’s time to ask two important questions. The first is: Why not? And, the second is: What are you going to do about it?

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