Journal Entry 

 Getting Ready 

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Michael Santos

**Preparing for Success: The Power of Proactivity and Vision**

Dear readers,

Life is a series of choices, and every choice we make has the potential to shape our future. This truth became evident to me during my time in prison. With a daunting 45-year sentence ahead of me, I was faced with a critical decision: to succumb to despair or to proactively prepare for a brighter future. I chose the latter.

From the moment I entered prison, I began envisioning the life I wanted to lead upon my release. I recognized that the world outside would evolve and change during my incarceration, and I needed to be ready for it. This realization led me to create my own set of tools, tactics, and resources. These strategies not only sustained me during my time behind bars but also paved the way for the prosperous businesses and meaningful relationships I built after my release.

The lessons I learned from renowned leaders like Jim Collins, Anthony Robbins, and Stephen Covey played a pivotal role in my journey. Jim Collins, in his groundbreaking book “Good to Great,” emphasizes the importance of discipline, focus, and the right team to achieve greatness. Anthony Robbins, a motivational speaker and life coach, teaches the power of mindset and the ability to turn challenges into opportunities. Stephen Covey’s “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” instilled in me the value of being proactive, beginning with the end in mind, and prioritizing what truly matters.

Drawing inspiration from these thought leaders, I realized that success is not a destination but a continuous journey of growth, learning, and adaptation. Their teachings reinforced my belief in the power of preparation, vision, and relentless determination.

Now, I extend this message of hope and empowerment to you: You can do the same.

If you haven’t yet explored our course “Preparing for Success after Prison,” I urge you to do so. This course is designed to equip you with the tools and strategies to navigate the challenges of reentry and build a successful life post-incarceration. It’s an approved Productive Activity under the First Step Act and has been introduced to every prison in the North Central Region of the Bureau of Prisons.

If, for some reason, your prison doesn’t offer this course, don’t be disheartened. Ask your loved ones to visit, where they can access individual copies of our books and courses tailored for your success.

In conclusion, remember that life’s challenges, no matter how insurmountable they may seem, are opportunities in disguise. With the right mindset, tools, and guidance, you can turn any adversity into an advantage. We believe in you, and we want you to succeed.

Stay inspired, stay proactive, and always keep your vision alive.

Warm regards,

Michael Santos, Founder of Prison Professors

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