Hal Coates/ Class 4: Life Management Skills
105. How would you define your life management skills?
I define life management skills as all of the virtues that enable an individual to reach his highest potential.
106. What types of decisions influence how you will emerge from prison?
Every decision I make has influence on how I will emerge from prison. I make decisions with regards to who I hang out with, the books I read, the food I eat and the time I eat.
107. In what ways does your daily schedule determine your potential for success upon release?
My daily schedule, I believe that if I follow a schedule on the outside I will be able to achieve a lot of things. I plan to hang out with people who are doing positive things and are striving to be the best person they can be.
108. How do personal relationships influence our prospects for success?
The type of people who we associate with play an important role in our prospects for success, it is important to network with people who are doing positive things. Your association circle should be people who are trying to do something with their lives.
109. How can we cultivate and nurture personal relationships that may prove helpful through our prison journey and beyond?
Like minded people attract. If you hang around people who are doing positive things more likely you will get a positive result.
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?
When Michael first walked into the penitentiary he began a 100 percent commitment to preparing himself in ways that would allow him to emerge successfully.
111. In what ways have the decisions you made from the day of your arrest influenced your life today?
I did not begin making good decisions on the day of my arrest. If I had a better understanding of the law I would not have this lengthy sentence.
112. How would you compare and contrast the initial adjustment decisions of two prisoners who offered their profiles?
Severin and Rick were serving lengthy prison terms their adjustment differed in remarkable ways. Whereas red-neck Rick just wanted to get by in prison while forgetting about the outside world, Servin worked hard to prepare himself for the challenges that would await his release.
113. In what ways does your prison adjustment compare or contrast with the individuals profiled?
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?
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?
116. In what ways are your interactions with others in prison and beyond purposeful?117. How do your interactions with others relate to the individual you aspire to become?
117. How do your interactions with others relate to the individual you aspire to become?
118. What types of activities, interests, and discussions motivate or inspire your closest acquaintances?
119. In what ways will the relationships you cultivate help or hinder your aspirations?
120. If Red had a stable job with opportunities for growth, what do you suppose would have tempted him to revert to crime?
121. In what ways could a prisoner manage his life to persuade prospective employers that he lives by different values from men like Red?
122. How does an individual’s diction influence perceptions?
123. How does an individual’s personal grooming and presentation influence opportunities?
124. With regard to the attitude attribute of the Straight-A Guide, what does it mean to make a 100 percent commitment?
125. How would you assess your acquaintances with regard to the attitude attribute of the Straight-A Guide?