James Hunt/ Class 5: Self-Improvement Training

by James Hunt

126. When you assess your environment, what opportunities for self-improvement can you create or seize?

If a person placed the same energy and thought to what he stood in his way, he would figure and learn to see if the shift in his desire changed. He has got to want it.

127. What is your interpretation on the value of self-imposed structure of free time?

No time is free. Once you have spent it is is gone. The question is how did the time benefit me and help me achieve my goals. Was it purposeful? It teaches you how to maximize every moment.

128. What relationship do your daily activities have to the vision you have for your life upon release?

It is like a house I wish to own X amount of years after release. Every day my actions should go towards building a brick and once all the material is gathered, then we begin building.

129. Imagine that you were to replicate your activities or use of time yesterday every day or your sentence. If you did, what level of preparation would have to triumph over the obstacles that await you upon your return to society?

Man, it would be used towards goals with a 100% commitment and not half hearted attempts. There would be no question about success.

130. What activities within the prison environment can you pursue that will enhance your strengths?

Once you have honed in on your strengths and know what has to be done, you sink in with a relentless tenacity. You look for ways to sharpen your strengths. If you are a great people person, identify what why and improve it. That is one example.

131. What activities within the prison environment would you categorize as a weakness?

Procrastination, indifference, the path of least resistance, searching for the short cut, and a manipulative mind.

132. What activities within the prison environment would you perceive as offering opportunities?


133. What activities within the prison environment do you perceive as threatening your prospects for success upon release?

Wasting the time away, lack of values or goals, nothing worth living for and being around negative people.

134. To what extent do the activities you pursue inside the prison environment contribute to your strengths and opportunities?

what you put into your preparations in here will determine your future. Release starts today, everyday, not when we are about to go home. By then it is too late. I pursue things that get me ready.

135. What steps do you deliberately take to minimize your exposure to weaknesses and threats?

For the last few years my mind has been on autopilot, constantly working to improve. I am focused on my release and let nothing get in the way of that. I avoid anything that can harm my future.

136. Using the SWOT-assessment technique, how would you assess your decision-making process prior to imprisonment?

Poor, without an ability to see the end game or fully understand the consequences of my actions.

137. In what ways can the SWAT-assessment technique guide your decisions as you prepare for success upon release?

It causes you to dig deeper and question and analyze yourself and actions all day. I always consider my next step, the next thing I say, and the consequence. It helps me make adjustments when necessary.

138. What types of activities in prison fall into quadrant one: low-risk/high-reward?

Taking the steps we took here and carrying them in the real world is low risk. No downside in that. The reward is priceless.

139. What types of activities in prison fall into quadrant two: high-risk/high-risk?

Using your influence to continue to engage in criminal activities here and on the outside.

140. What types of activities in prison fall into quadrant three: low-risk/low-reward?

That indifference, sitting around and doing nothing. Playing cards, watching tv, reading books without remembering what you reading, The time goes without risk but it is a waste of time.

141. What types of activities in prison fall into quadrant four: high-risk/low-reward?

Anything we do that does not consider the consequence. Criminal behavior, disrespecting others, drugs, wine making. All that is high risk and low reward. It comes at the detriment of your future.

142. To what extent do your consider risk-reward analysis when assessing activities, interactions, or time allocation in prison?

After reading the risk/reward analysis, I copied and placed it in my locker to where it is one of the first things I see. I did that with the intent of drilling it into my head. I did it to make sure my actions are authentic, honest, and real.

143 What type of self-improvement programs would enhance an individual’s prospects for success upon release?

Anything that adds to or aides the improvement of your development.

144. What thoughts have you given to the type of employment you want to pursue upon release?

Truckdriver, dump trucks, car sales man, speaker. Several I know but I must start with one.

145. Define the qualifications necessary for the type of job you want to pursue?

Confidence, smart, driving experience, business skills, accountability, honesty, and all seven A’s of the Straight-A Guide!

146. How do your self-improvement programs prepare you for the type of job you want to pursue?

I need to stay informed of the industry and gain more knowledge. I must be able to understand the business of trucking, the money aspects and risks. Selling cars interests me but I need to pick up more knowledge. I want to speak as well and need more programs to help me speak. But the more I write through this program the better I think and speak.

147. What types of self-improvement programs can you pursue independently that will enhance your prospects as a candidate for employment upon release?

If you had the money you could enroll in college programs and find guys who have had success in their line of work and learn from them. I email with Justin a lot and we talk about how I can enhance my plans for release. His info helps a lot. I am learning how to better focus my time, and to work on programs, like this one, that help me prepare for release.

148. In what ways do academic credentials influence an individual’s candidacy for employment?

It matters because it tells a person you have devoted a portion of your life to improving and sets you apart from those who do not have it. It shows we acted.

149. How do prospective employers gauge the value of academic credentials?

If you are competent and if I had a company I would rather hire a person who had economic credentials.

150. What types of self-improvement steps trump academic credentials?

This is one of them. Why? It shows that you are living a values-based life. It shows how you committed yourself to being a better person with real values. That should appeal to employers own self interest of hiring capable people who are accountable.


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