Journal Entry 

 New Beginnings 

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Michael Santos

 New Beginnings: Navigating the Path to Personal and Professional Growth

In the journey of personal and professional development, the stories of those who have overcome significant challenges serve as powerful beacons of inspiration. One such story is that of Elon Musk, as chronicled in Ashlee Vance’s biography. Musk’s early days, marked by his move to North America and his unique approach to building connections, offer a lesson in proactive and strategic thinking – a lesson that resonates deeply with our mission at Prison Professors Talent.

 Elon Musk: A Lesson in Proactive Networking

Elon Musk’s story, particularly his initial steps in North America, is a testament to the power of initiative and networking. As Vance describes, Musk, then a newcomer, reached out to influential individuals, inviting them for lunch to learn and connect. This strategy led him to an internship at the Bank of Nova Scotia, a pivotal step in his remarkable journey. This approach – reaching out, connecting, and learning from others – is a cornerstone of personal and professional growth.

 Applying Musk’s Strategy in Incarceration

At Prison Professors Talent, we recognize the parallels between Musk’s strategy and the opportunities available even in the most constrained environments, like prison. During my own incarceration, I adopted a similar approach, reaching out to authors, professors, and business leaders. This proactive networking was instrumental in my personal and professional development, helping me lay the foundation for a successful future.

Our Course: Preparing for Success after Prison

Our course, “Preparing for Success after Prison,” embodies this ethos of proactive growth and networking. We encourage our participants to reach out, connect, and learn from a diverse range of individuals and resources. This approach not only broadens one’s perspective but also opens doors to numerous opportunities.

Invitation to Action: We invite you to join our course and start building your network. Share your progress with us at [email protected]. And remember, including “Request a Book” in the subject line will allow us to provide resources like “Earning Freedom: Conquering a 45-Year Sentence” and others, subject to our nonprofit’s resources.

 Books to 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

Challenge: The Proactive Networking Task

Inspired by Elon Musk’s story, we challenge you to identify three individuals in fields relevant to your interests or goals. Write to them, expressing your interest in their work and inviting them to share insights. This task is about stepping out of your comfort zone, initiating connections, and learning from others’ experiences.


The path to personal and professional growth is often paved with the lessons learned from those who have navigated their own unique challenges. Elon Musk’s early networking strategy, adapted to the context of incarceration, demonstrates that growth and opportunity can be cultivated in any environment. At Prison Professors Talent, we are committed to guiding and supporting you on this journey of new beginnings.


Michael Santos  

Founder, Prison Professors Talent

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