Journal Entry 

 Innovating Inside 

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Michael Santos

Entrepreneurial Skills Developed in Confinement

The journey through incarceration is often perceived as a time of stagnation, but for those who embrace a different perspective, it can be a period of profound growth and development. At Prison Professors Talent, we understand that confinement doesn’t have to limit one’s potential for innovation and entrepreneurship. Our course, “Preparing for Success after Prison,” is designed to help individuals use their time in confinement as a resource for building a successful future.

The Entrepreneurial Mindset in Confinement

When I first entered the high-security penitentiary, I was faced with the reality of serving multiple decades in prison. Rather than seeing this as a dead-end, I viewed it as an opportunity to lay the foundation for my future business ventures. This mindset is crucial for anyone in confinement looking to turn their situation into a stepping stone for entrepreneurial success.

  1. Identifying Opportunities: Look for needs or problems within your current environment that you can address. This could be anything from creating educational programs to developing skills that are in demand in the outside world.
  2. Learning and Adapting: Use your time to learn as much as possible. Read books, take courses, and absorb knowledge that will be valuable in the business world.
  3. Building a Network: Establish connections with others who can support your entrepreneurial goals. This network can include fellow people in prison, prison staff, and external contacts.
  4. Planning for the Future: Start developing a business plan while you’re still inside. Think about the kind of business you want to start, your target market, and the resources you’ll need.
  5. Developing Resilience: Entrepreneurship is filled with challenges. Use your experiences in confinement to build resilience and learn how to overcome obstacles.

Critical Thinking:

We encourage you to think about how you can use your time in confinement to prepare for entrepreneurial success upon release.

  • What skills can you develop?
  • What kind of business can you envision?
  • How can your experiences in confinement become valuable lessons for others?

Share Your Progress and Plans

We invite you to share your entrepreneurial journey and plans with us. Send your ideas, progress, and aspirations to [email protected]. If you include “Request a Book” in the subject line of your email, provided our nonprofit has the resources available, we will donate a book to support your entrepreneurial endeavors.

Books to Inspire Your Entrepreneurial Journey

  • Earning Freedom: Conquering a 45-Year Sentence
  • Success after Prison
  • Prison! My 8,344th Day
  • Release Plan 2024
  • Preparing for Success after Prison

In conclusion, remember that your current environment doesn’t define your future potential. With the right mindset, strategies, and preparation, you can turn your time in confinement into a valuable resource for building a successful entrepreneurial future. Let’s innovate inside and prepare for a triumphant return to society.


Michael Santos
Founder, Prison Professors

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