Kalani Lautele/ Class 7: Support Networks

by Kalani Lautele

174. In what ways do you perceive relationships with people you knew prior to confinement to evolve over the course of your imprisonment?

From my experience the only relationships I still have is with my family.  There are a  few friends I keep in touch with but only on a yearly basis.

175. In what ways have you nurtured support networks during the time you’ve served thus far?

I write to family and friends to let them know how much I appreciate their support.

176. In what ways will the support network you have in place now contribute to your success upon release?

My family’s love and faith in my goals fuels my ambition to succeed upon release.

177. In what ways would you build a strong support network while you climbed through years of imprisonment?

I would have to write letters to people in society.

178. In what ways do support networks or the lack of support networks influence prison adjustments?

If I didn’t have my family supporting me, I wouldn’t have received the books relevant to my studies and goals.

179. To what extent are the values that those in your support network embrace harmonious with the values you profess to embrace?

My support network consist of my family and they value family very much.  As they await the moment we reunite, so do I.

180. What steps are you taking now to build or nurture your support network?

Participating in the Straight-A-Guide program is the first step I’ve ever taken to building a support network.  I’ve always had my family to support me but I know they are struggling in society due to the bad economy.  I try not to ask them for much.  I’m hoping as I build my profile on straight-a-guide web, I can expand my support network.

181. In what ways can those in your support network facilitate your aspirations?

My support network can facilitate my aspirations by simply providing me with the literatures that would help me achieve my goals.

182. In what ways is your support network helping you now?

My family has supported me 110% with their love, words of encouragement to be strong, and always praying for me.  I’m fortunate to have them support me throughout my journey in prison.  Their support adds to my ambition to succeed upon release.

183. What level of allegiance do you pledge to your support network?

I pledge 110% allegiance to my support network.

184. What incremental action steps can you to take to bring people you do not currently know into your life?

I’m currently documenting my journey in prison.  By showing the steps I’ve taking towards my goals, I’m able to expand my support network and invite those who I don’t know in society.  The straight-a-guide makes it possible to share my profile on line with everyone in society.  They can view my progress as I prepare for release back to society.

185. What thoughts do you have about people who would be most influential to your possibilities for success upon release?

I notice one thing all successful businessmen have in common, they all are persistent at what they do.  Whether it’s exercising, reading, or studying, they are dedicated.  I feel if I were to adapt the same attitude and dedication as them, my possibilities for success will be great.

186. Who are they?

The men I’ve met and whom became mentors to me has managed successful brokerage firms in society.  The value of their companies were in the hundreds of millions.  One of them founded four companies that were featured on the Fortune 500.  The value of his businesses were in the billions.

187. What interests do they have?

Like everyone else incarcerated, one interest I do know they have is returning to society.

188. How can you make them aware of your aspirations?

I share with them my goals and how I’m preparing to achieve them.  I ask for feedback about my approach to my goals.

189. What impression would your adjustment through prison thus far make upon them?

They will see how much dedication I’ve put into preparing for release.

190. In what ways are you working to cultivate mentors?

One mentor of mine, whom I was incarcerated with at Atwater federal prison, notice me studying the financial markets everyday.  He then started to teach me more about technical analysis.  He gave me insights I would have not gained from just reading books.

191. In what ways does your behavior or activities within prison boundaries influence your relationships?

My behavior and daily activities opened opportunities for such relationships.

192. How would you assess the preparations and commitment your closest acquaintances make to a law-abiding, successful life upon release?

My closest acquaintance is, at the least, 10,000 miles from me.  So it is a difficult situation.

193. If you were to receive a disciplinary infraction, in what way would that influence the support network you’re striving to cultivate?

I really can’t say because I’ve been fortunate to not be put in that situation.

194. What relevance does the phrase “It’s not what you know but who you know” have to you?

It’s a catch 22 phrase.  Sometimes who you know does make a difference but what you know has its advantages as well.  Having both can create enormous opportunities.

195. To what extent would your actions show that you’re conscious of the influence others have on your prospects for success upon release?

I’m starting to document my progress and daily activities.  This will gauge my work towards my aspirations.

196. How can a prisoner open more opportunities to broaden his network of support?

Writing daily blogs on a website can lead to more opportunities.

197. How would your transition to society change if you had a job offer in place before your release?

I would focus more of my studies relating to that job so that I will have an advantage to excel at that position or in the company.  I want to prove worthy of their decision for offering me an opportunity.

198. What steps will you begin taking now to broaden, nurture, and protect your support network each week that you remain in prison?

I will continue to live by my values of maintaining family ties, being humble, a growing knowledge, being dedicated, exercising, and spirituality.

199. How will you hold yourself accountable?

As I set my goals, whether weekly, monthly, or daily, I will document my progress to achieving them.

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