Journal Entry 

 Monday, December 11, 2023: Breaking Barriers 

Michael Santos

Michael Santos

Breaking Barriers: The Journey from Incarceration to Innovation

In the transformative journey of life, some paths are more challenging than others. Incarceration is one such path, often perceived as a barrier to success. 

At Prison Professors Talent, we’ve seen too many examples that refute such a premise. People who prepare well do not view imprisonment as an insurmountable barrier. Rather, they see it as a unique opportunity for innovation and growth. Through our course, “Preparing for Success after Prison,” we offer strategies that anyone can use to turn perceived barriers into stepping stones for a brighter future.

Incarceration: A Catalyst for Change

Incarceration, while a challenging experience, can be a powerful catalyst for personal and professional development. It’s a time for introspection, learning, and planning. By embracing this period as an opportunity for growth, individuals can transform their lives, breaking barriers that once seemed unbreakable.

The Role of Education and Self-Improvement

Education and self-improvement play a pivotal role in this transformation. Our course offers a comprehensive approach to learning, focusing on:

1. Skill Development: Enhancing skills that are valuable both inside and outside prison walls, such as communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving.

2. Goal Setting: Encouraging participants to set realistic, achievable goals for their post-incarceration life.

3. Resilience Building: Teaching the art of resilience, turning setbacks into comebacks.

Innovation Through Adversity

Adversity often breeds innovation. Many of our course participants have harnessed their prison experiences to fuel their creativity and entrepreneurial spirit. They’ve started businesses, developed new technologies, and become advocates for change, proving that barriers are often just a state of mind.

Consider the challenge of my task:

  1. I was in prison for 26 years.
  2. I strive to change policies or laws so that all people will have opportunities to earn freedom.
  3. I must persuade cynical people that it makes sense to open opportunities for people in prison to work to returning to society earlier.
  4. I must raise capital so to fund those efforts.

The preparations I made in prison strengthened me.

Consider the ways that your preparations are advancing yor prospects for success upon release.

Success Stories: From Constraints to Creativity

We’ve witnessed incredible stories of success from our participants. One such story is of John, who used his time in prison to learn coding. Upon release, he developed an app that now helps thousands of formerly incarcerated individuals find employment. His journey from incarceration to innovation is a testament to the power of resilience and determination.

Your Invitation to Break Barriers

We invite you to join us at Prison Professors Talent. Whether you’re currently incarcerated or navigating the challenges of reentry, our course, “Preparing for Success after Prison,” is here to guide 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 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

If you’d like a book, participate in our program and we’ll send you one for free. We want you to start building a record of excellence.

In conclusion, at Prison Professors Talent, we believe in the transformative power of education and innovation. We’re committed to helping you turn your period of incarceration into a springboard for success. Join us, and let’s break barriers together.

Respectfully,

Michael Santos

Founder, Prison Professors Talent