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If a judge has sentenced you to prison, you want to get through that term with your dignity intact. You will also want to be in a position to seize opportunities to grow, or create opportunities to grow.

We’ve got resources to help, starting with the free information we offer here. As we say in all of the coursework we offer, the more you know about the challenges ahead, the more you empower yourself to thrive.

By subscribing to our YouTube channel or our iTunes podcast, you’ll get access to new information every day. You may want to know how and why the information our team offers can help you. We’ll use the analogy of a university:

  • While you were in school, you didn’t only study one course. To reach your highest human potential, educators encouraged you to develop a depth and breadth of information. They recommended books in the library to help you master specific subjects. They encouraged you to read literature from a wide variety of experts. 

To paraphrase Malcolm Gladwell, if you invest 10,000 hours in any subject, you’ll become an expert.

My name is Michael Santos, and I am an expert at preparing for success from inside of a prison cell. I began serving my sentence in federal prison on August 11, 1987. On that day, authorities locked me inside of what was then the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Miami. From that day, I remained in federal custody until August 12, 2013. I served a total of 9,500 days as federal prisoner number 16377-004. Since you may not want to do the math, I’ll give you the extensions:

  • My term included 26 years.
  • That breaks down to 228,000 hours.

Of course serving time in prison alone doesn’t make anyone an expert. In reality, the longer our nation exposes a person to “corrections,” the less likely that person becomes to function in society. Anyone can claim expertise. The definition of success, of course, depends upon how we define success.

The section of our website called “Prison Professors’ Story” reveals many details of my long journey through prison. The section of our website called “Testimonials” offers some validation. You must make your own decision on whether I’m a worthy guide. You should consider the impressive credentials of other members of our team. In my case, the abbreviated list of accomplishments during prison includes:

  • Serving time in prisons of every security level, from high-security U.S. Penitentiaries to minimum-security camps to halfway house, to home confinement, to early termination of Supervised Release.
  • Earned university degrees while serving time in prison.
  • Building business opportunities while serving time in prison.
  • Getting married while in prison.
  • Emerging from prison with enough money in the bank to launch multiple seven-figure business opportunities.

I don’t cite the bullet points above to pat myself on the back. Rather, I hope to convince you that I’m qualified to lead members of our team—all of whom have impressive credentials.

We want to prepare YOU to become an expert. Even if you’re going to prison, we can show you how to live as the CEO of your life. We’ll never ask you to do anything that we didn’t do, and that we’re not still doing. Follow the principles below and you will reach your highest potential:

  • Define success as the best possible outcome.
  • Document the strategy that will take you from where you to where you want to go.
  • Put your priorities in place.
  • Create your tools, tactics, and resources to succeed.
  • Hold yourself accountable.
  • Execute your strategy every single day.

If you adhere to a principled pathway to succeed, we’re convinced that you’ll become an expert at overcoming the challenge of a prison sentence. The key will be to prepare for prison. It’s never too early, and it’s never too late to start preparing. Start by developing your critical thinking skills, and responding to the following question:

What is the best possible outcome, given the situation you’re in right now?

As human beings, we develop critical thinking skills by broadening our understanding. The more you know about the environment you’re going into, the more competent you will become at being able to navigate it successfully.

You should know and understand that not all prisons are the same. And not all people in prison experience the same level of success. To thrive through prison and get the best possible outcome, you should prepare. Start by asking yourself what the best possible outcome would be for you if you were to go into prison. 

Respond to that question, and you will have taken the first essential step to master prison: you will have defined success. Once you define success, follow the plan we offer in our course, Ten Steps to Succeed from Prison. 

  1. Document your strategy to succeed.
  2. Create your tools, tactics, and resources that will help you succeed.
  3. Measure your progress every day.

We call that three-part strategy a pathway to becoming the CEO of your life. You can use that strategy to achieve a higher potential, regardless of where you are. As you will see throughout our curriculum at Prison Professors, I used that strategy to empower myself while climbing through 26 years in federal prison. The process helped me succeed in the way that I defined success—pursuing the best possible outcome, given the predicament resulting from bad decisions I began to make as a teenager. 

Explore our website, our YouTube channel, or our podcast if you want to learn more about my journey, or what qualifies our team at Prison Professors to help you. In this section, we want you to think about how you’re going to get the best experience from this journey. Start with the following questions:

What are you going to do while you’re in prison?

What is the best possible outcome for you?

How will you define success?

In what ways have you documented your strategy?

What tools, tactics, and resources can you create during the journey?

How will you measure the growth you’re making every day?

The more time you invest in answering those questions, the more effective you will be at restoring confidence and self-esteem.

Architect Your Plan for Success:

If you want to architect your plan for personal development while in prison, then you’ve got to start thinking like an architect. What does an architect do before he or she starts drawing plans for a building? Most likely, the architect will go through a series of preliminary steps. For example, the architect may survey the landscape. He will want to know more about the soil and what it will hold. He will want to know about access to utilities. He will want to know about the space he has available. Then, he may also study the demographics of the area. By learning more about the environment and how others interact with the surroundings, the architect will be in a better position to plan for the best and highest use of the building. 

An architect understands that he cannot draft a single set of plans and expect those plans to work in every project. There may be some principles to follow, but each set of plans will accommodate the specific project. Similarly, when to draft plans for your successful journey through prison, you will have to take many considerations into account. 

Our team at Prison Professors offers considerable amounts of information that will help you prepare for a journey through prison. As you can see through our various channels at Prison Professors, we give away more information than we sell. Nevertheless, we’re confident that you will reach a higher level of success if you work through our books, our courses, and if you bring our mitigation experts onto your team. Yet that is a choice only you can make. Just remember that it’s never too early, and it’s never too late to begin preparing for a better outcome from prison.

Let us know what you want to achieve, and we’ll offer suggestions that you can use. Those suggestions will be within your budget. Start with free information. If you do not recognize us as experts that will bring enormous value to your life, then we would not be a good fit to work together. We are Prison Professors, and we will never ask you to do anything that we did not do while going through the prison system. We’re still using the strategies and lessons we teach in our lives today. 

We do not offer boilerplate information, and we’re not the right fit for everyone. We pursue excellence. When we work with someone through our individual, one-on-one consulting programs, we expect our clients to work alongside us. To build strength, confidence, and restore self-esteem, a person has to want to do the work. We can show a person the way, but the person has to want to walk the path.

Prepare for the best outcome through prison. Read through all of our content to grow stronger. You can also watch all of our videos. You can listen to all of our podcasts. Your investment of time will give you strength. You will learn more about the prison operates. You will learn about the stakeholders of the prison system. By understanding those stakeholders, you will empower yourself to thrive through prison. You will emerge with your dignity intact, ready to embark upon the next chapter of your life.

Working through our programs at Prison Professors will not cost you anything more than your time. Yet if you want expert guidance, you may want to start with a small investment, such as buying one of our books or courses. If you want a more interactive experience, you may wish to enroll in our Interactive Prison Professors program, where you can participate in our live webinars. A well-qualified member of our team will be available on those interactive Facebook sessions to respond to your questions.

Before you spend a penny with us, familiarize yourself with the content we offer. It’s authentic, based upon a well-documented pathway to success from prison. I am Michael Santos, and I guarantee that you will grow stronger and more confident if you work through any of the Prison Professors’ digital programs. Starting at $25, we consider them inexpensive. Yet if you spend a penny with us on any of our digital programs, and you do not feel that you’ve received 10x the value, then I will refund your purchase with no questions asked.

We wish you success on your journey.

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