Journal Entry 

 Calculated Success 

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Michael Santos

 “Calculated Success: The Transformative Journey of Alex from Inmate to Innovator”

In the realm of personal transformation, education and perseverance are powerful tools. This narrative, inspired by the lives of many who have turned their lives around, tells the story of Alex, a man who used his time in prison to redefine his future. His journey echoes the principles we teach in our course “Preparing for Success after Prison” at Prison Professors Talent.

Alex’s Beginning: A Quest for Knowledge

Alex entered prison with limited education, a common story for many behind bars. But his determination to change his narrative was anything but common. During the last decade of my imprisonment, I met Alex. He was eager to learn and transform his life, starting with obtaining his GED.

The Power of Self-Education

With college out of reach, Alex turned to self-education. He chose mathematics, a subject that offered endless possibilities and required nothing more than a book and dedication. He started with the basics in his GED book, meticulously solving each problem and keeping a detailed journal of his work. Over time, his skills grew, and so did his collection of math books.

Mathematics: A Foundation for the Future

Alex’s journey with math was not just about acquiring knowledge; it was about developing a mindset. He learned to approach problems methodically, breaking them down into manageable parts. This skill, honed in the solitude of his cell, became the cornerstone of his future success.

From Incarceration to Innovation

Upon release, Alex’s first job was with a small painting company. He began as a painter, but he saw an opportunity to use his mathematical skills to contribute more significantly. He demonstrated to the owner how math could be used for accurate job estimating and bidding. His initiative and skill impressed the owner, leading to increased responsibilities and eventually a partnership in the growing business.

Alex’s Legacy and Your Invitation

Alex’s story is a testament to the power of self-education and the impact of applying one’s skills in the real world. It’s a narrative that aligns with the teachings of our course, “Preparing for Success after Prison.”

We invite you to join us in this journey of transformation. Whether you are currently incarcerated or navigating reentry, our course can provide you with the tools and knowledge to prepare for success. Share your progress and aspirations with us at [email protected]. Remember, including “Request a Book” in the subject line of your email will prompt us to donate a book from our resources to aid your journey, provided our nonprofit has the resources available.

Books to Guide Your Path

  1. Earning Freedom: Conquering a 45-Year Sentence
  2. Success after Prison
  3. Prison! My 8,344th Day
  4. Release Plan 2024
  5. Preparing for Success after Prison

Alex’s journey from a prison cell to a business partnership is a powerful reminder that education, determination, and the application of knowledge can lead to remarkable transformations. At Prison Professors Talent, we are committed to supporting you in writing your own story of success and empowerment.


Michael Santos

Founder, Prison Professors Talent

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