Darren Broadus/ Class 4: Life Management Skills

by Darren Broadus

105. How would you define your life management skills?

I would say that I managed life very well but my risks were damaging.  I placed myself in good positions to obtain great employment within my field but the decisions I made compromised everything I accomplished.

106. What types of decisions influence how you will emerge from prison?

Well thought out decisions.  Decisions that will make way for improvement.  Decisions that won’t compromise my freedom.

107. In what ways does your daily schedule determine your potential for success upon release?

1st and foremost, I look to God for direction everyday, I also keep a positive outlook no matter what.  Even though I have a daily routine being incarcerated, I have to make adjustments.  Making the proper adjustments when necessary.

108. How do personal relationships influence our prospects for success?

WOW, personal relationships can have an overwhelming influence.  I feel that it’s important to surround myself with positive people, people who are going in the same direction you are.  Who needs negative energy.

109. How can we cultivate and nurture personal relationships that may prove helpful through our prison journey and beyond?

To be honest, I found it difficult to hold on to any good relationships because people on the outside just don’t have time and communication costs money.

110. In what ways did Michael’s decisions at the beginning of his term lead to the opportunities that opened for him through the decades he served?

I think his persistence and determination was key not to mention he happened to stumble upon the right people who were willing to help.  I tip my hat to Michael because he was challenged often and never really lost sight of his plan.  Michael was not going to let prison beat him.

111. In what ways have the decisions you made from the day of your arrest influenced your life today?

I made the decision to leave prison a better man, better father, better son, better brother than when I came in.

112. How would you compare and contrast the initial adjustment decisions of two prisoners who offered their profiles?

Walt Jones and David Muniz, these guys had the same chip on their shoulders as do a lot of guys who come in with long sentences but both men also never lost sight of hope.  Once they knew that there was hope, adjustments were made.

113. In what ways does your prison adjustment compare or contrast with the individuals profiled?

Like the two guys I spoke about, I too have hope.  Everyday I’m making adjustments to do better.

114. In what ways does your prison adjustment compare or contrast with the type of career trajectory That Greg Reyes or some of the other successful businessmen described?

Having that empowered attitude, the damage is done and there’s no sense in making excuses or placing blame.  Let’s dig deep and come out of this thing.  I like Greg’s attitude.

115. What steps can you take in the time that spans between now and your release date to prepare for a law-abiding, fulfilling life?

Continue to work on my support system, stay healthy and think things all the way through.  Continue to build my relationship with God.

116. In what ways are your interactions with others in prison and beyond purposeful?

I’ve met some good men who want the same things I want in life and have been thru similar situations.  We encourage one another.

117. How do your interactions with others relate to the individual you aspire to become?

I’ve learned a great deal from some of the guys I talked to, especially dealing with ways to improve credit and making other business decisions.

118. What types of activities, interests, and discussions motivate or inspire your closest acquaintances?

Most of the guys I talk to love sports, and want to be better men.  Getting out of here and moving forward in life.

119. In what ways will the relationships you cultivate help or hinder your aspirations?

Other than God, my relationships consist of my immediate family.  My family has been very supportive through the years and it helps a lot, trust me.

120. If Red had a stable job with opportunities for growth, what do you suppose would have tempted him to revert to crime?

I just don’t think that Red made that quality decision to change.  That kind of crime takes planning and he was arrested within one year, do the math.

121. In what ways could a prisoner manage his life to persuade prospective employers that he lives by different values from men like Red?

The only way I can answer this question is if the employer is in contact with the prisoner and can see his/her progress through the time of incarceration.

122. How does an individual’s diction influence perceptions?

Your diction influences people’s perception of you a great deal.  This way they know how to deal with you or at least they’ll have an idea of what type of person you are.

123. How does an individual’s personal grooming and presentation influence opportunities?

Appearance is everything.

124. With regard to the attitude attribute of the Straight-A Guide, what does it mean to make a 100 percent commitment?

Means to be 100% ready to change and better yourself or 100% of being a failure.

125. How would you assess your acquaintances with regard to the attitude attribute of the Straight-A Guide? 

On a scale of 1-10, a good 8 1/2 , you got to have a good positive attitude.  I said this before, I like positive energy.

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