What I Learned from an Eagle Scout

Back in May, my family rose at the crack of dawn to help our youngest son achieve a long-awaited goal. My fifteen year old put on his Boy Scout Uniform, then nervously flipped through his Scout book, suddenly afraid that he’d forget the oath that he’s recited since he was ten. He’s generally unflappable and it was hard to see him so nervous.

When it came time for his board of review, he bravely left us behind and faced the unknown. Eagle Review Boards have a code of silence. Scoutmasters aren’t allowed to attend and other Eagles do not reveal the questions that are asked. Like a good Scout, my son had to “be prepared” for anything.

Happily, he earned his Eagle Rank.

I bet you’re wondering right about now, what this has to do with writing.

My son reminded me of something that all writers must embrace – perseverance and courage.

The rank of Eagle is only earned by 2% of all Boy Scouts. And with good reason. The road is long and a boy must give a lot of time and energy to succeed. The boy must want it and have the discipline and focus to meet all the requirements. The path takes many years (in my son’s case – he’s known since he was ten that he wanted to earn his Eagle Rank).

Any of this sound familiar?

When pursuing publication you must want it. But wanting isn’t enough. Writing is a tough business (and yes, it is a business like any other). We writers experience rejection on a regular basis. “No” is a word we hear all the time (maybe more than parents tell their children).

Why do we do it? Because we have a long-term goal in sight too. Often times, no one believes in our writing but ourselves! That’s okay. You have to be your own advocate and number one fan. You have to marshall the strenght to pull yourself up by the bootstraps and keep at it. Like a Boy Scout, a writer has a support network to provide help and encouragement (you don’t have to go it alone). But, in the end, it all comes down to you.

It’s not how many times you fall down that matters.

It’s the number of times that you pick yourself and keep going that counts. That takes courage and perserverance.

About Casey Wyatt

Writer of PNR/UF, Doctor Who fangirl & collector of stray cats, visit me @ www.caseywyatt.com or instagram @caseywyattbooks
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24 Responses to What I Learned from an Eagle Scout

  1. B.J. Scott says:

    You must be very proud of your son! He sounds like a great young man and lessons learned in courage and perserverance are always useful. Not only in writing, but in every day life.

  2. Kaitlin says:

    Absolutely! You can’t give up if you want publishing. You have to want it like a drug addict. Congratulations to your son!

  3. Great post thanks. I really enjoyed it very much.

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  4. revrosevan says:

    Congratulations to your son on his achievement! And to all of us writers who keep pursuing that ultimate goal: a published book of which we can be proud. 🙂

  5. Awesome! My hubby’s an eagle scout, too!

  6. PJ Sharon says:

    So true, Casey. We writers deserve our Eagle as well. I guess that would be the equivalent of getting published, right? Only that’s when the real work begins! Great post.

    • Casey Wyatt says:

      Yes, I think so! And, you are so right – publishing is only the beginning of the journey. There is much work to do after too! And still find the time to write new books.

  7. Joy Shaw says:

    All authors should recieve a medal in perseverance. We keep on writing way after our readers go to bed and don’t stop til we have a publishable manuscript. Afterwards, we repeat steps one and two as we pave our path to that best seller’s list. 🙂

  8. Stephanie Maxwell says:

    I can only imagine how proud you are of him. If there were more kids like him this world would be a better place

  9. Gerri Brousseau says:

    Casey,
    Please give my heart felt congratulations to your son. You must be so proud of him and his accomplishment. I was an assistant scout master during the time my son made his journey. I too have a boy who made that same arduous journey. I agree with you, scouting does have a positive impact on a boy’s life and as these boys become men, the lessons learned shape their lives. Bravo to your son. As for writing, yes, never, ever, give up. If you really want something with all your heart and you persevere, you will eventually get it. But, only if you never give up. Great post. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Love this! My dad served on the Eagle Scout Board of Review and I know how much this means. You must be so proud of your son!
    You’re right, we write, well, some of us write, with long term goals in mind. Eyes on the prize!

    • Casey Wyatt says:

      I am happy for him. He wanted to be an Eagle since he was in elementary school. It was nice to watch him acheive his goal (at fifteen!). As far as writing, whenever I start to doubt myself, I always try to remember why I’m writing (cause I want it/need it).

  11. Marilyn says:

    Hi Casey!
    Congratulations to your son and your family! Becoming an Eagle Scout is a huge acheivement. I like how you compare it to writing. Writers really do have to want it because it’s not a easy as some writers make it look. I have a friends (non-writer) that tells me all the time, “What’s the big deal? It’s just a story. Just write it down and move on to the next one.” Anyone that writes understands that it’s not really like that. LOL

    • Casey Wyatt says:

      Thanks Marilyn! I hear ya. To non-writers – writing either appears glamorous – like we have some magic driving us. Or it’s “I could do that. What’s the big deal?”

      Of course we know the truth is nothing like reality. There is magic – sometimes the words just pour out of your head. But most times, it is work. Not just the writing, but the publication part is all work too. So you really, really, really have to want this!

  12. Nina Paules says:

    Wow, what great encouragement, Casey. Thank you!
    Congrats to your son, and to you and your family who supported him.

    Best,
    Nina Paules
    npaules at ebookprep.com

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