Monday, July 22, 2019

As the leisure’s of the weekend came to an end, we prepared ourselves to face the challenges of a new week. Here lately, every one of us has had a lot placed on our plate. Intermingled with the overwhelming thoughts of frustration, there is an excitement and readiness to learn as we attempt to keep up with the velocity of the program. All we can do is take it one day at a time while keeping the finish line in the forefront of our minds.

Today was a day of progress, not perfection. Many of us have a fear of public speaking. Attending and participating in Toastmasters International, a competent communication program, allows us to enhance our communication skills and break through that barrier of fear. The progress is evident, but there is still room for improvement.

When the class came to an end, we received another Economics of One Unit (EOUs) assignment. These assignments focus on the driving factor of our business plans’ revenue models. The concept is very new to most of us, but we have learned the importance of accounting.

As the day ended and the sun went down, the participants of Fall ’19 reflected on the fact that we are one day closer to graduation. That means that we are one day closer to new opportunities and, more importantly, a day closer to victory. At the start of the program, we were told to begin with the end in mind. As long as we continue to do that, we will not only discover our potential, but we will achieve success. And the best part of it all is, we will have done it together!  

Nicholas T. (a.k.a. “Clark Kent”)

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

This morning, the class of Fall ’19 was called out to hear a phenomenal speaker by the name of Brandon G. (a.k.a. “Swagger Wagon”). He travelled all the way from Fort Worth just to speak with us. The presentation he gave was really good! Brandon G. relayed a lot of facts and assumptions to us. We were all blessed beyond measure by the knowledge that he delivered.

The topic of his speech was Servant-Leader Mentality. Simply put, the contribution we make in the lives of others is far more important than our own accomplishments. That was just one of the characteristics that define what it really means to have a Servant-Leader Mentality. Other aspects include: first, Empathy – caring about what’s going on in the lives of others; second, Listening – some people just need someone who will listen more than they speak; and third, Service – asking what we can do for others. People need to know that we are willing to help them in any way we can.

We discovered that the most important person in the room was not ourselves. It was the people to our left and right. These were truly amazing gems that Brandon left us with. We all walked away knowing the true meaning of Servant-Leader Mentality, and Brandon G. walked away to the roar of a standing ovation!

Chauvon M. (a.k.a. “Lil’ Man”)

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Today was a good and productive day for those of us in the Prison Entrepreneurship Program. We awoke this morning with a full day set out before us. We started the day off with pray-outs for two of our brothers who are very close to going home. Emotions ran high as we said goodbye to our friends who no longer have to worry about a wardrobe that is limited to the color white.

Shortly after that, our knowledge was tested regarding the information that we were given over the past few weeks. We had the opportunity to learn about building a theoretical revenue model. The lecture was presented by the Chief Financial Officer for PEP, Tim H. (a.k.a. Timmie).

It was a long but successful day. We ended it on the same note as it began: prayer and brotherhood!

Steven D. (a.k.a. “Grown Gerber Baby”)

Thursday, July 25, 2019

For many of us in Fall ’19, there were no official classes today. Nevertheless, we are still absorbing all of the information that we received yesterday in our Entrepreneurship class. We finished our training on the Economics of One Unit (EOUs) and worked on how we can apply the practices to our business models. At first it was a sensitive subject, as the majority of our class had no prior experience with this type of problem solving.

EOUs is a basic bookkeeping model in which an income statement is created using factors such as revenue, cost of goods, rent, utilities and income taxes. As intimidating as it all seemed, with the help of our fellow PEP brothers, we were able to conquer another part of this program with results that exceeded our expectations.

In the end, we managed to put another notch in our belts of higher learning. Graduation is around the corner, and we are all excited at the thought of our families watching us walk across that stage in our caps and gowns. Thank you for all of your support!

David Greer. (a.k.a. “Tyrion Lannister”)

Friday, July 26, 2019

Today started off really great. We had a pray-out for one of our brothers. Everyone who spoke on his behalf gave some very important advice. Each speaker opened our minds and lifted our spirits.

Shortly afterwards, we jumped into Living in the Village with our PEP brother Paul A. (a.k.a. “Life Alert”). As usual, he gave a great presentation! He really knows the curriculum and is always informative. Paul is also getting ready to be released. We all have no doubt that he will go on to do great things.

In the afternoon, we had a guest speaker named Bert S. (a.k.a. “Chocolate Truffles”) who came in to speak with us. He talked about two of our 10 Driving Values: Excellence and Innovation. Everyone paid close attention, because both of these are important to the entrepreneurial spirit. We look forward to Fridays because we get to spend a lot of time with one another, and that’s a big part of our PEP brotherhood.

John J. (a.k.a. “Lil’ Cease”)

Expressions

“You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you really have.”

~Unknown

Challenge yourself to be the best that you can be. Overcome your adversity with a positive mindset, fully believing you can do something greater. Make this experience your last chance to reinvent your life. Your future depends on you!

James C. (a.k.a. “Gomer Pyle”)

Superior Spring ‘16 Graduate