Journal Entry 

 Friday, December 15, 2023: Rebuilding Life 

Michael Santos

Michael Santos

Transformative Tales: Success Stories from Behind the Bars

In the journey of life, some stories stand out as beacons of hope and transformation. These are the tales of individuals who, despite being confined behind bars, have turned emerged to achieve extradorinarily high levels of success. By preparing while serving their sentences, they mastered tenacity and perseverance, then went on to craft new narratives of success and inspiration. 

At Prison Professors Talent, we get to witness and support many such stories. Among them is the remarkable journey of Weldon Long, a testament to the power of determination and the transformative impact of education and self-improvement.

Weldon Long’s Journey of Transformation

Weldon Long’s story is one of extraordinary change. As a teenager, he made a bad decision. Substance abuse led to his participating in an armed robbery. While incarcerated, he adjusted to the ways of the prison.

Upon his release from that sentence, he reverted to crime.

Weldon returned to prison a second time. Again, he adjusted to the ways of his environment.

Upon his release from the second sentence, he reverted to crime. 

Weldon returned to prison a third time. On the third sentence, however, Weldon chose to change his life. He earned his high school equivalency. Then he went on to earn an associate’s degree, a bachelor’s degree, and a master’s degree.

Then, upon his release, Weldon transformed his life. He became an entrepreneur and built a business that generated more than $20 million in sales. He created jobs for others and paid taxes.

Weldon realized that the key to a different life lay within himself. Through dedication and relentless pursuit of education, Weldon transformed from a life of incarceration to becoming a successful entrepreneur and author. He is a powerful example of how one can reshape their destiny despite the odds.

He is also a testament to the truth: It’s never too early and it’s never too late to start sowing seeds for a better life.

The Role of Education in Transformation

At Prison Professors Talent, we believe in the power of education as a catalyst for change. Our course, “Preparing for Success after Prison,” embodies this belief. I designed this course to share the tools, knowledge, and support that I gained from reading while I served my sentence. Those skills can help any person in prison write the next chapter–the one that shows a transformation from prison to success.

1. Skill Development: We focus on enhancing skills that are valuable both inside and outside prison walls. This includes communication, critical thinking, and vocational training.

2. Goal Setting: Our participants are encouraged to set clear, achievable goals for their post-incarceration life, paving the way for a successful reentry into society.

3. Resilience and Adaptability: We teach the art of resilience, emphasizing the importance of adapting to new environments and overcoming challenges.

 Success Stories: From Incarceration to Achievement

Weldon Long’s story is not an isolated case. We have witnessed numerous individuals who have used their time in prison as a period of growth and preparation for a successful future. They have started businesses, pursued higher education, and become advocates for positive change, demonstrating that a period of incarceration can be a stepping stone to a brighter future.

 Your Invitation to Transform

We invite you to join us at Prison Professors Talent. Whether you are currently incarcerated or navigating the challenges of reentry, our course, “Preparing for Success after Prison,” is here to guide and support you. Share your journey 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 in your journey, provided our nonprofit has the resources available.

Books to Inspire and Guide Your Journey:

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

In conclusion, at Prison Professors Talent, we stand by the belief that every individual has the potential to transform their life, regardless of their past. We are committed to supporting your journey of transformation, offering guidance, resources, and inspiration. Join us, and let’s write new transformative tales together.

Respectfully,

Michael Santos

Founder, Prison Professors Talent