Journal Entry 

 The Entrepreneurial Spirit 

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Michael Santos

The Entrepreneurial Spirit: Starting Fresh After Release

The journey from incarceration to freedom is not just a physical release; it’s an opportunity to reinvent oneself, to start fresh with new ambitions and dreams. As the founder of Prison Professors Talent and someone who navigated a 26-year journey through the criminal justice system, I have firsthand experience in harnessing the entrepreneurial spirit to rebuild life after release. This article explores how the lessons from our course, “Preparing for Success after Prison,” can be a catalyst for launching successful ventures in a world increasingly shaped by artificial intelligence.

The Foundation of Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship is more than starting a business; it’s a mindset. It’s about seeing opportunities where others see obstacles, taking calculated risks, and being resilient in the face of challenges. My journey post-release in August 2013 is a testament to this. Over the past decade, I’ve built multiple businesses and income streams, a direct result of the preparations I made while incarcerated.

Preparation Meets Opportunity

The key to my entrepreneurial success lay in the relentless preparation during my time in prison. I understood that the world I would re-enter wouldn’t be the one I left. This foresight is even more relevant today as we step into an era dominated by artificial intelligence. The world is evolving rapidly, and those who prepare will find themselves at the forefront of new opportunities.

Embracing the AI Revolution

Today, I dedicate several hours each day to learning and mastering productivity tools powered by AI. This continuous learning process is not just about keeping up with technology; it’s about staying ahead, understanding its potential, and leveraging it to create value. By teaching others how to use these tools, I’m not only building income streams but also empowering others to thrive in this new digital landscape.

Your Journey in the AI Era

As we embrace this brave new world, the question stands: In what ways are you preparing? Are you ready to harness the potential of AI and other emerging technologies? Whether it’s learning new skills, understanding market trends, or exploring innovative business ideas, the time to start is now.

Your Task: Share Your Preparation Story

We invite you to share how you are preparing for success in this rapidly changing world. Write about your journey, the steps you’re taking, and how you plan to use these new tools and technologies to your advantage. 

Send your stories to[email protected], and if you insert “Request a Book” in the subject line, we will donate one of our resources to support your journey, provided our nonprofit has the means. Some of our books include “Earning Freedom: Conquering a 45-Year Sentence,” “Success after Prison,” “Prison! My 8,344th Day,” “Release Plan 2024,” and “Preparing for Success after Prison.” Each book offers insight into how a person can use time in prison to prepare for success after prison.

Join the Entrepreneurial Movement

Remember, entrepreneurship is not just about business; it’s about a way of life. It’s about being proactive, adaptive, and innovative. In our course, “Preparing for Success after Prison,” we delve into the strategies and mindsets that can help you navigate this journey. We believe in the power of your story and are committed to supporting you every step of the way.

Together, let’s embrace the entrepreneurial spirit and make the most of the opportunities that lie ahead in this exciting era of artificial intelligence.


Michael Santos

Founder, Prison Professors Talent

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