James Hunt/ Class 4: Life Management Skills

by James Hunt

105. How would you define your life management skills?

I recognize that they’ve been bad at times. I procrastinate and do not get give 10%. But I am changing that. In the past it was easier to given an excuse than an effort. I am being honest here, and no I have no more excuse to give.

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

So many things and decisions matter, but the main thing is learning to invest your time wisely. Another is that hustle mentality; there is nothing wrong with that, but you have to redefine the word hustle. Hustling can be done honestly.

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

By observing what you are doing along the way ask, “how does what I am doing now aid or benefit me in the free world. You have limited freedom to manage your time. The goal is to have a solid routine so it becomes habit.

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

There is saying, “you’re judged by the company you keep.” So with that in mind we constantly need to ask what these relationships mean to our life, then see if we are on the same page, and do we have common goals.

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

By honoring our word and bringing it about with focus and action. Being open to learn from others who have shared goals.

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?

One thing he had was clarity with regard to what he wanted to do. He focused on what needed to be done. All worked towards his goals and plans. He stayed focused and never gave up. The work payed off.

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

I’ve wasted a long of life being caught up in “doing time”, getting through it. I like to use sayings that come to mind, such as, “the mind once stretched to a new dimension, can never return to its prior state.” I want a better life and am prepared to work and make the best decisions possible. My vision is strong. I am proud of how far I’ve come, but have more to do. I do not want to waste anymore time of life. I cannot fail.

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

I’ll compare the lives of David Muniz and my friend Justin Paperny. When David came in he had no sense of direction and lacked clarity to life a law-abiding life. His situation lacked hope for him and it caused him to have an attitude of indifference. He was going along, doing his time, rather than letting the time serve him.

When Justin came in, he had what I would call that optimistic/winner loo. Where he was able to acknowledge where he was emotionally and at the same time focused on what was important to him. His focus was on what could be done, what he could do from day one and to place himself in the best possible situation to succeed.

They compare in the sense that it took slightly more time for David, but eventually he did get on the same path and like Justin took steps to prepare for release.

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

Like David, I floated just to get through, but had a desire without a real commitment. I lacked the sense of urgency and the confidence to take action. Now I realize if you think you can, or can’t, either way you’re correct.

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?

In contrast most of my life I lacked clearly defined goals. I worked toward no destination. I wanted to be happy, but how? I lacked a clear plan and my actions showed. Now I now what I want and what it takes to get there. It is not easy, but nothing is.

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?

Define what you want and set goals that are realistic and doable. When I accomplish my goals I develop confidence.

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

When I was younger all my interactions were to further my criminal life and experience. Now I have a different agenda. I am always aware of who I associate with and what I say and do. I need to be with people who are on the same page. That page is a life beyond selling drugs and doing bad things. I want to remain free, and have a productive life and work hard for all that comes my way. I want to work with people who stay motivated to do the right thing.

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

I have people I deal with whom I admire. I aspire to learn from them. They help teach and mold me.

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

Their interest is to stay free, to grow, and make money the right way. I am always learning and listening from others.

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

That is what we must always ask ourself. Do they get us closer to or further from our aspirations? I only want to be around people who life lawful, productive lives. They will get me closer to my aspirations.

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

Lack of vision and he still had the crutch of shortcut in his mind, and he thought he had to “keep it real”, and show he was down. Now he has more time to think about it.

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

You need something to back up your words, such as your accountability logs and writings. I am not about just talking, but doing. My profile is part of my action plan to show the world what I did while I was away and what I will do when I am home.

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

The way a person speaks plays into the stereotypes and can put up barriers and limits on you.

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

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and that first visual makes a powerful statement, couple with the words we use. When we speak we are selling ourself to the world. It gives clues on who we are as a person.

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

It means to go all in, to be committed. Give it your all, knowing failure is not an option.

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

I know what direction I am looking and where I am going. My attitude stays strong. A person can appear to be on the right path and his actions will keep him on track.

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