Release From Prison: Day 341

Saturday, July 18, 2014

The U.S. sentencing commission realized that too many people serve sentences that are far too long. Government representatives have moved to lower prison terms by an average of two years for nonviolent drug offenders. During the 26 years that I served for a nonviolent drug offense, I expected the government to reform those Draconian laws. Unfortunately for me, I didn’t expect those changes to come until after my prison term expanded. Still, it’s great for me to read that the government expects 46,000 people to benefit from those changes. I know that the people in prison, and their family members, are rejoicing with this news. I’m happy for all of those people in prison and for their family members.

 

Days since my release from prison: 341

Miles that I ran today: 7.39

Miles that I ran so far this week: 53.2

Miles that I’ve run during the month of July: 115.62

Miles that I ran so far in 2014: 1,474.56

Miles that I need to run in order to reach my annual goal of 2,400 miles: 925.44

Miles I’m ahead of schedule to reach my 2,400-mile goal by the end of 2014: 153.99

My weight for today: 166

Release From Prison: Day 340

Friday, July 18, 2014

Today I filmed a commercial for the legal community. We’re launching a new website called PrisonProfessor.com. Through that website, we’ll host a number of videos. Attorneys can use those videos to educate their clients who may surrender to prison.  The videos will answer questions for people who are about to surrender, easing some of the traumatizing anxieties. PrisonerProfessor.com will also offer literature and consulting services for defendants who are about to surrender. Family members of people about to begin terms in prison may also find value in the videos. Once editors complete their work on the commercial, we will begin distributing the commercial through an email blast to defense attorneys across the nation. I’m hopeful that our test reveals that a strong market exists for the service that we want to provide with PrisonProfessor.com.

 

Days since my release from prison: 340

Miles that I ran today: 10.2

Miles that I ran so far this week: 45.81

Miles that I’ve run during the month of July: 108.23

Miles that I ran so far in 2014: 1,467.17

Miles that I need to run in order to reach my annual goal of 2,400 miles: 932.83

Miles I’m ahead of schedule to reach my 2,400-mile goal by the end of 2014: 153.17

My weight for today: 165

Release From Prison: Day 339

Thursday, July 17, 2014

I began writing an infomercial. I’ve never written the script for an infomercial before, but I’m looking forward to the challenge. I’d like to finish writing this script before the end of August. Then we’ll have some work to film. If we succeed, we’ll begin broadcasting the 30-minute spot in the early fall. It’s an exciting project, one that will show others the value of investing in international real estate. If we succeed in getting this project off the ground, we’ll have an infomercial on the airwaves in the fall, just in time for the cooler weather. I love this project of working with Buy Belize, as the responsibility continuously opens opportunities to build new skills.

Days since my release from prison: 339

Miles that I ran today: 7.31

Miles that I ran so far this week: 35.61

Miles that I’ve run during the month of July: 98.03

Miles that I ran so far in 2014: 1,456.97

Miles that I need to run in order to reach my annual goal of 2,400 miles: 943.03

Miles I’m ahead of schedule to reach my 2,400-mile goal by the end of 2014: 149.54

My weight for today: 166

Release From Prison: Day 338

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Today I interviewed candidates who were potential new hires. Each of those candidates advanced through our extensive screening mechanism that I based on the Straight-A Guide. All of the candidates looked great on paper. In person, however, not all delivered the level of enthusiasm and confidence that I’m looking to instill in the culture we’re striving to build. I aspire to build a culture of self-driven individuals who are obsessively focused on success. I’m enthusiastic to master the challenges that come with building a bigger team. I love this role, though it keeps me extremely busy. I’m working seven days each week in order to keep up. I’ll continue this busy schedule until I build a team of 50, then train relentlessly so that we all have a unified vision and moving in the same direction.

Days since my release from prison: 338

Miles that I ran today: 6.04

Miles that I ran so far this week: 28.3

Miles that I’ve run during the month of July: 90.72

Miles that I ran so far in 2014: 1,449.66

Miles that I need to run in order to reach my annual goal of 2,400 miles: 950.34

Miles I’m ahead of schedule to reach my 2,400-mile goal by the end of 2014: 148.8

My weight for today: 167

Release From Prison: Day 337

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

I had an interesting meeting today with Alan, a young man who aspires to build a national business focused on the credit industry. Since credit governs so many people’s lives, Alan has a vision of helping them improve credit scores. A massive market exists around credit for obvious reasons. Everyone in America uses credit, or wants to use credit in some form. The credit score has become a barometer on whether an individual is trustworthy. Those who have past blemishes on their record are precluded in participating in the economy. Bad credit influences an individual’s insurance prices, mortgage payments, rental payments, and so many other areas. Obviously, some people are worthy of bad credit scores because they fail to pay bills as agreed. Alan’s company wants to improve credit scores for those who have been unfairly marked as bad-credit risks. I appreciated an opportunity to listen and learn. I’m working with Alan to determine whether I can play a role in adding value to his business. Certainly, the formerly incarcerated have credit needs, and there may be a fit for us to work together.

 

Days since my release from prison: 337

Miles that I ran today: 8.04

Miles that I ran so far this week: 22.26

Miles that I’ve run during the month of July: 84.68

Miles that I ran so far in 2014: 1,443.62

Miles that I need to run in order to reach my annual goal of 2,400 miles: 956.38

Miles I’m ahead of schedule to reach my 2,400-mile goal by the end of 2014: 149.33

My weight for today: 167

 

Release From Prison: Day 336

Monday, July 14, 2014

 

Today I had a great meeting with an old friend, John. I met John when I was serving a portion of my sentence at the Lompoc Federal Prison Camp. John started an Internet advertising company in his living room during the late 1990s, and the firm became so successful that he was able to grow his company’s client base sufficiently to launch an initial public offering. The company’s stock traded on the Nasdaq, eventually reaching a market capitalization north of $600 million. Unfortunately, as CEO John made some leadership decisions that he later came to regret. We met after he pleaded guilty to violating securities laws that resulted in his serving a 15-month prison sentence. John and I became friends soon after he surrendered to Lompoc Federal Prison Camp. I hadn’t seen him since authorities released John from prison, back in 2007. During the past seven years, he has built another successful company, this one focusing on social media advertising. I’m impressed with John’s drive and entrepreneurship. I was happy to meet him for lunch today, and to learn of how he successfully rebounded after a term in federal prison.

 

Days since my release from prison: 336

Miles that I ran today: 7.02

Miles that I ran so far this week: 14.22

Miles that I’ve run during the month of July: 76.64

Miles that I ran so far in 2014: 1,435.58

Miles that I need to run in order to reach my annual goal of 2,400 miles: 964.42

Miles I’m ahead of schedule to reach my 2,400-mile goal by the end of 2014: 147.86

My weight for today: 169

Release From Prison: Day 335

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Today my mother and my grandmother are joining Carole and me for dinner in our new residence. We’ve been living in the new condo for almost a full week. But I leave early in the morning and I never return before 6:30 in the evening. Of course this is by choice, as I have a considerable workload that keeps me at the office where I work. Today I will leave the office at 5:00 so that I can be home in time to meet my mom and my grandma. Carole and I will be happy to host our first guests in our new home.

 

Days since my release from prison: 335

Miles that I ran today: 7.2

Miles that I ran so far this week: 7.2

Miles that I’ve run during the month of July: 69.62

Miles that I ran so far in 2014: 1,428.56

Miles that I need to run in order to reach my annual goal of 2,400 miles: 971.44

Miles I’m ahead of schedule to reach my 2,400-mile goal by the end of 2014: 147.41

My weight for today: 169

Release From Prison: Day 334

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Life is good. I spent the day working with the team of new hires. They really impress me. They have the exact work ethic that I was looking to find. I’m looking forward to building a team around them. I call them the A team. They all worked exceptionally hard to advance through the hiring process that I put in place. Now that they’re on the job, they’re doing exceptionally well. I’m privileged to be working around such an enthusiastic, energetic group of professionals.

 

Days since my release from prison: 334

Miles that I ran today: 0

Miles that I ran so far this week: 32.73

Miles that I’ve run during the month of July: 62.42

Miles that I ran so far in 2014: 1,421.36

Miles that I need to run in order to reach my annual goal of 2,400 miles: 978.64

Miles I’m ahead of schedule to reach my 2,400-mile goal by the end of 2014: 146.78

My weight for today: 168

Release From Prison: Day 333

Friday, July 11, 2014

 

I’ve been invited to participate on an advisory council for the Parole Release and Revocation Project. The Robina Institute of Criminal Law and the University of Minnesota Law School are sponsoring the project. I’m looking forward to working with leaders from law, academia, and government. Not only will I be the only former prisoner on the advisory panel, I’ll also be the only person who endured a term of supervised release. My experience on supervised release has been without any interference from the system. I know that other people have faced challenges that they’ve found difficult to overcome. I look forward to providing insight with hopes that others on the panel find value in the message. I purchased a ticket to travel to Minnesota for the council’s first meeting in September.

 

Days since my release from prison: 333

Miles that I ran today: 7.06

Miles that I ran so far this week: 32.73

Miles that I’ve run during the month of July: 62.42

Miles that I ran so far in 2014: 1,421.36

Miles that I need to run in order to reach my annual goal of 2,400 miles: 978.64

Miles I’m ahead of schedule to reach my 2,400-mile goal by the end of 2014: 153.35

My weight for today: 167

Release From Prison: Day 332

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Today I finished listening to an audiobook. The book, titled Coaching Salespeople into Sales Champions, by Keith Rosen. I’ve now listened to more than a dozen books through the Audible system, and I’m so grateful to have this resource. If it were not for Audible, I wouldn’t be able to access this wealth of information.  When I was incarcerated, I had much more time available for reading. I never read books now. The goals I’ve set require that I reserve my schedule for different tasks. While running, however, I’m able to listen and learn. That’s a real treat. Today I downloaded two new books: Talk like Ted, and Crucial Conversations. I look forward to my next long run so I can learn more from great communicators.

Days since my release from prison: 332

Miles that I ran today: 8.02

Miles that I ran so far this week: 25.67

Miles that I’ve run during the month of July: 55.36

Miles that I ran so far in 2014: 1,414.3

Miles that I need to run in order to reach my annual goal of 2,400 miles: 985.7

Miles I’m ahead of schedule to reach my 2,400-mile goal by the end of 2014: 152.86

My weight for today: 167