Journal Entry 

 The Triumph of Tenacity 

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Michael Santos

The Triumph of Tenacity: Stories of Perseverance After Prison

In the face of adversity, the human spirit’s capacity for resilience and tenacity can be astonishing. As the founder of Prison Professors Talent and a person who navigated through a 26-year incarceration, I have not only lived through this truth but have also witnessed countless others who have turned their post-prison journeys into remarkable stories of perseverance and triumph. Our course, “Preparing for Success after Prison,” is designed to guide and support this journey, emphasizing the power of tenacity in overcoming the challenges of reentry.

The Essence of Tenacity

Tenacity is more than just persistence; it’s a deep-seated resolve to overcome obstacles, no matter how insurmountable they may seem. It’s about holding onto hope when circumstances appear bleak and finding the inner strength to keep moving forward. This tenacity is not inherent; it is cultivated through experiences, choices, and a steadfast commitment to personal growth.

Real Stories, Real Triumphs

In our course, we explore real-life stories of individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary tenacity. Through my work, I have known many others who fail. That reality reminds me of a quote from Henry Ford that motivated me while I went through prison. He said:

  • “There are two kinds of people in the world. Those who think they can, and those who think they can’t. Both are right.”
    • Henry Ford

Will your behavior advance you as the kind of candidate who can get things done and overcome the crisis of incarceration? 

Or will your behavior suggest that you’re the kind of person who is always blaming external factors other people for the reason that you cannot overcome?

Although it’s difficult to succeed after the challenge of imprisonment, I know that it’s difficult to succeed in any environment. It takes work, commitment, perseverance, and tenacity. Participate in our course and you’ll find many powerful examples of how perseverance, coupled with the right strategies, led to successful reintegration and fulfillment.

  1. Education as a Tool for Empowerment: Many of our course participants have harnessed the power of education to transform their lives. They’ve pursued degrees, learned trades, and acquired new skills, proving that knowledge is a key component of empowerment.
  2. Entrepreneurial Spirit: We’ve seen individuals turn their past experiences into opportunities for entrepreneurship. Their journeys of starting businesses post-release are testaments to their tenacity and creativity.
  3.  Community Engagement and Networking: Building a supportive network is crucial. Our participants have shown how reaching out, forming connections, and engaging with community resources can open doors and provide essential support.
  4. Personal Development: Stories of personal development, including overcoming addiction, improving mental health, and fostering emotional resilience, are central to our curriculum. These narratives highlight the importance of self-care and personal growth in the journey after prison.

Your Task: Document Your Story of Tenacity

I encourage you to start documenting your own journey of tenacity. Write about the challenges you face, the steps you’re taking to overcome them, and the victories, no matter how small. This act of documenting is not just for reflection; it’s a way to track your progress and remind yourself of your strength and resilience.

Share your story of perseverance with us at [email protected]. Let us be a part of your support network, celebrating your successes and offering guidance through the challenges. Your story can inspire and encourage others who are on a similar path.

If you profile your story, I’ll do my best to use it in our advocacy. For example, I am constantly profiling leaders like my friends, Joon, Melinda, and Matthew–three people who are serving sentences in different parts of the country, California, Pennsylvania, and Florida. All three of those people invest their time and energy to memorialize the many ways that they’re using time in prison to prepare for success. 

You can do the same.

Join the Movement of Triumph

Remember, every story of perseverance after prison adds to a collective narrative of hope and transformation. By sharing your journey, you contribute to a larger story of triumph over adversity. Your tenacity is not just your own; it becomes a beacon of inspiration for others.

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 celebrate the triumph of tenacity and the remarkable journeys that unfold when we refuse to give up.


Michael Santos

Founder, Prison Professors Talent

PS. If you’d like a copy of one of our books that offers insight into how to prepare for success upon release, please let us know by writing “request a book” when you send us an invite at [email protected]. If our nonprofit has the resources, we’ll order the book and send it to you through Amazon or through your Supervisor of Education or Reentry Affairs Coordinator.

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