Colin Walsh @colin-walsh ?

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  • November 5, 2012

    I wanted to write a piece to explain how The Straight A guide has impacted my life.  It has helped me in ways that I still cannot totally see at this point in time. I do know, The Straight A […]

  • 251. What does leadership mean to you? Leadership isn’t just a trait, it is a way of life. A leader is on duty 24/7 and 365 days a year for the rest of their lives, because being a leader means leading one’s own life first. Being a leader is much more than just someone who tells [...]

  • 126. When you assess your environment, what opportunities for self-improvement can you create or seize? When I initially assessed my current environment, I searched high and low for every and any opportunity that could exist. I quickly discovered that the prison itself has little useful to offer, and that many of the opportunities exists within…[Read more]

  • 223. How would you gauge your level of financial literacy today? If first grade was the lowest level, and twelfth grade was the highest, I would have to say that, as for financial literacy, I would be in about 7th or 8th grade. Finance is a deep involved field. It must be if there is a [...]

  • 200. What relationship do you have to others in the world? As a human being I have roles in life. Although I am a prisoner, that doesn’t remove me from these roles. With each of these roles in life, I have relationships. As a member of a family, I have a relationship with every member of [...]

  • 151. Describe situations you can recall when inadequate communication skills led to decreased opportunities in your life. Communication is essential to life. Even mutes and the deaf need some way to communicate. The word communicate comes from two word parts: Comm, which means to join or share, and uni with is one. So I believe that [...]

  • Four years ago at this very moment, I was sitting in a 7×10 jail cell all alone in the county jail. It had only been weeks since the incident that landed me there in jail. All alone in the jail cell, I realized there was no one to blame but myself. This is the moment [...]

  • As I check my daily log, I realize that this is my 440th day in prison. I realize now, that this time away from friends and family, has been the longest time I have ever been this far from home. Looking back, I realize that this alone is a great accomplishment. Not only did I [...]

  • 174. In what ways do you perceive relationships with people you knew prior to confinement to evolve over the course of your imprisonment? Relationships are always evolving. People are always changing. Environments change. Rarely does anything stay the same. Unfortunately, when a person goes to prison, relationships continue to change without…[Read more]

  • 105. How would you define your life management skills? I would define life management skills, as the skills required to manage one’s life. Just as business management skills are how to manage a business and financial management skills are how to manage one’s finances. Life management skills are how to manage one’s life. Life management skills [...]

  • Blog: May 17, 2012 Yesterday, as I was sitting in my cube studying, a bald headed man came storming in proclaiming. “Yo, guess what. I took the pre GED test and the teacher told me, in front of the entire class, that the essay I wrote was the best in the class.” I wasn’t surprised. [...]

  • 97. Describe your thoughts on whether accountability logs would help, hinder, or provide indifferent to your opportunities for success upon release. I don’t only believe accountability logs will help, I know they will. Prison is a dark, mysterious, and hidden place. Where all prisoners are hidden behind a think black curtain. This curtain hides…[Read more]

  • 64. What values might lead a person to success upon release from prison?: A man’s thoughts become his values, his values then become his actions and his actions collectively become his life. So in order to lead a life of success one must begin focusing on their thoughts. One must begin thinking with the end in [...]

  • 16. Who are you? Who am I? A felon? a convict? a criminal? an inmate? These are the answers that many people would use to define me. When I ask myself the same question, I don’t even consider and of these labels. I perceive myself differently. My name is Colin Walsh. I am 20 years old. [...]

  • January 23, 2012 I asked Colin to submit a timeline to completion and he, quickly, sent me the following: “Justin, I do have a timeline, I forgot to tell you, I am expecting to be finished on or before November 23, 2012. That is the latest it will be.  I gave myself some margin for [...]

  • January 3, 2012 I can still remember the old maxim from my childhood, “as soon as you graduate from high school, time is going to fly.” I remember hearing this over and over again when I was young. I always used to think, “yea right”. Now I wish I would have taken this statement more [...]

  • November 5, 2011 Emerging Successfully From Prison: The general term success is relative to one’s own interpretation of success. Many individuals interpret the word success as being a status symbol, based mainly on personal wealth. As for me, I personally don’t base success solely on external wealth, but on internal values, without internal…[Read more]

  • Colin Walsh’s note to Justin Paperny expressing his enthusiam over Straight-A Guide program: Hey Justin, Just wanted to send you a quick message to give you an update. A few weeks ago I received a book called the 7 habits of highly effective people. I am assuming that it was from you, That book was great and now I [...]


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