“Success isn’t measured on how we start or finish our journey in life. But in how we overcome the many obstacles and struggles in between, for this is what forges us into the amazing human beings we are today.”
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June 13, 2013 in Accountability, Communication Skills, Financial Literacy, Goals, Leadership, Life Management Skills, Relationships, Self-Improvement, Straight-A Guide Curriculum, Support Networks, Values by Phillip Jamison
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“Try not to become a man of success, but a man of value. –Albert Einstein
Phillip Jamison/ Class 1: Values
Phillip Jamison/ Class 2: Goals
Phillip Jamison/ Class 3: Accountability
Phillip Jamison/ Class 4: Life Management Skills
Phillip Jamison/ Class 5: Self Improvement Training
Phillip Jamison/ Class 6: Communication Skills
Phillip Jamison/ Class 7: Support Networks
Phillip Jamison/ Class 8: Relationship Training
Phillip Jamison/ Class 9: Financial Literacy
Phillip Jamison/ Class 10: Leadership Training
“The test of courage comes when we are in the minority. The test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority.” In spite of the fact that I’m just another resident of GeoCare RRC, how I chose to convey myself is completely up to me. Many of the residents here choose speak irrational and practice criminal behavior and do absolutely nothing positive for their future. Like they say, when you kill a little time, you’re murdering opportunity. Every decision I make will dictate the success or failure of my future beyond the RRC. For this reason, I chose to adhere to my values as I did throughout my incarceration. By adhering to my values such as humility, Godliness, responsibility, gratitude, objectivity, etc, as well as making valued based decisions and executing actions based on values. Success is at the tail end of my actions. I think, therefore I am! I’m anticipating that I’ll be released for home confinement on an ankle monitor very soon. I’m going to be utilizing that time to further educate myself in business and administration. Additionally I’ll be working on cultivating past relationships with old friends and positive peers, furthermore expanding on new network support members which will help me to build up a stronger base to meet the demands of my future goals. ”A man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” — Andre Gide
After serving my incarceration, I’ve been required to spend a total of 6 months in a GEO Care RRC (Residential Reentry Center) AKA halfway house. In spite of the fact that the RRC is an old Victorian house. The conditions are still strict and fall under F.B.O.P. jurisdiction and rules are tightly enforced… I’d like to describe the situation here to be like “Quicksand”. For this reason, a resident only has a 30 day window to acquire full-time employment, full-time schooling or both – integrated together to make full-time. If one shall not succeed, then he or she will be required to involve themselves in volunteer work for a mandatory 32+ hours a week. With this being said, that small window of opportunity to gain employment slowly closes and they’ll be granted only one day a week to seek employment, ergo sinking neck deep into greater issues… When these circumstances arise – like a fork in the road, the right choice and the proper investment decision is required. Do I conduct criminal behavior to gain income when the outcome of going back to prison is high, or do I assess the situation and use the tools I’ve gained through the SAG? I utilize the support network I’ve cultivated as a prisoner to support and assist me and getting things done… Like I once said “the vision of the future must be built on the strength of the past.”
3 more days and a wake up…
“Life Just Is”
Inch by inch life’s a clinch, yard by yard life is hard.
Meter by meter… yes my daughter Justus is sweeter, from the Earth to the sky I miss my son Kai.
From a whisper to a whisper I thank my sisters, from brother to loving brother I especially thank my father and mother.
Day by day I live life the valued way, week by week there’s a new adventure to seek.
Month by month there will be a new goal to hunt, year by year I’ll avoid the feeling of fear.”
Decade by decade irrational self-talk I’ll evade, century by century the love for my kids will be for eternity.”
From below to above my family I dearly love, from sea to shining sea thank you God for setting me free.
Phillip A. Jamison
Toastmasters speech number 10 “The Final Speech”.
“I Am My Values”
I am the author of my life and the creator of the values in which I follow. How I choose to end this story is completely up to me. The “Thesis” of my story began prior to earning my incarceration, when I would allow myself to be buffet by circumstances, for I thought of myself as a human being affected by outside conditions. These were conditions such as the loss of two unborn children, a marriage that was falling apart, dropping out of Navy SEAL Training – failing to fulfill that dream and losing my best friend while conducting combat operations in Iraq. With this being said, I chose to abuse anabolic steroids to break the laws of my own genetics in hopes of gaining more of an edge to accomplish my goal of becoming SEAL. I chose to consume a lot of alcohol to assist me in smothering my pain for losing my friend. I chose to sell government property to gain a better living for my family, and I chose to earn a prison sentencing. Needless to say, the pain of discipline would have been far less greater than the pain of regret.
The “Body” of my story began here in prison when I came to understand that a mans greatest glory doesn’t consist of never falling but in rising every time he falls. Although I was a Navy Sailor who could not redirect the violent winds of my past… I could certainly adjust my sails. As I set sail in the rectification of my poor past decisions. I first had to take responsibility of my actions, express penitence and repent, for the willingness to accept responsibility for my own life is the source from which self-respect springs. When I was no longer able to change the situation, I was challenged to change myself… With this being said, I created values to adhere to such as responsibility, humility, honesty, courage, Godliness and fatherhood. In addition, I created clearly defined goals, which were goals I knew I could reach and could imagine the win and the way I’d feel as if I’ve already achieved them. These goals were to achieve positive personal growth, become an honest law biding citizen and have employment waiting for me beyond incarceration. With this being said, I chose to involve myself in the Residential Drug Abuse Program, the Straight-A-Guide through the Michael G. Santos Foundation, Toastmasters International, parenting classes and religious events. Lastly, I chose to devote myself in following a quote by Mr. Albert Einstein, “try not to become a man of success, but a man of value.” With this being said, I chose to navigate my way through imprisonment by adhering to my values and only making valued based decisions.
The “Conclusion” of my story is I successfully became my values, I achieved personal growth, I became an honest law biding citizen, I have learned how to be a better father and I have five potential employment opportunities waiting for me beyond imprisonment. Furthermore, through God and the Bible, I now fully understand 1 Peter Chapter 5 Verse 10 “But after You have suffered a little while, the God of all undeserved kindness, who called You to his everlasting glory in union with Christ, will himself finish your training, he will make you firm, he will make you strong. Although I am the author of my life and the creator of the values in which I follow. I choose not to have an ending to my story, for the following of my values is for a life-time. For this reason, I am my values. In spite that I was once a man who was buffet by circumstances, for I thought of myself as a human being affected by outside conditions. I now realize that I am the power from which circumstances grow.
With this being said, every man in this room has what it takes to become successful by adhering to his values, even in the face of adversity. Granted, inch by inch, life’s a clinch, yard by yard, life is hard. To be mature means to face, and not evade, every fresh crisis that comes. Things turn out best for people who make the best out of the way things turned out. You get through adversity by creating goals, creating values, achieving goals and becoming your values. The only obstacle is the path, and on this path, the more difficulties one has to encounter with in and with out, the more significant and higher in inspiration his life will be. On this pathway to success, you will come to realize that the tallest stiffest trees are easily cracked and bridle, while the bamboo and willow tree survives by bending with the wind. Aim to be that flexible willow tree, for bless are the flexible, for they shall not be broken. None of us can’t do much about the length of our lives, but we can certainly do a lot about it’s depth and width. Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future. Create and follow your values gentlemen and follow them with your heart. Aim to perfect your values, in which you manifest. My best friend who was a United States Marine once said, “when you aim for perfection, in the end you discover it was a moving target. Farewell fellow Toastmasters and farewell Mss. Hawkins… God Bless
251. What does leadership mean to you?
Leadership to me means to bear the qualities and capabilities to lead others. It means to lead by example and manifest the values in which the leader wants the team to convey. Being a leader means to live in congruence with the teams philosophy and mission statement. As a leader, responsibilities gravitate to him, for he is capable of shouldering them and completing them. A good leader is also a strong role model to others. He treats people as if they were what they ought to be and helps them become what they are capable of becoming. He has the power to help others reach their full potential and become winners. He’s also the lead driver of the team and commands his men through assertiveness and humility – expressing care, willingness, openedness and trust in his troops. A leader also expresses empathy in the lives, thoughts, feelings and opinions of his men, for they are a direct reflection of his command. That is what leadership means to me…
252. In what ways have your past decisions prepared you for leadership?
The decisions I’ve made in my past were all valued based decisions. By making the correct investment decisions to assist me in becoming a better modeled individual. This supported me in becoming my values. By becoming my values, I conveyed my values to others through my actions, thus displaying leadership qualities. “A man must become the change he wants to see.
253. Where does leadership begin?
To become a leader, a person has to begin seeing their choices as a seed. In essence, they’ll need to plant a different system of beliefs into their mind. These beliefs are the seeds of values. Through perfect practice, discipline and commitment in following these beliefs. This saturates and fertilizes their seeds allowing them to mature into baby trees. Through this process they’ll grow firmer – displaying the merit in which they possess. For me, this process all started when I began involving myself in the Straight-A-Guide. Later in time, I began partaking in area’s the prison had to offer such as RDAP, where I gained the essential tools to deal with life’s challenges. As I incorporated the principles of my values into my life and accepted what each day brought. Through demonstrating courage and enthusiastically embracing the present and looking towards the future. I began becoming a leader/senior guide in RDAP. True strength is the flower of wisdom, but it’s seed is action. On every thorn, delightful wisdom grow’s and on every rill a sweet instruction flows. “To see things as seed, that is genius – Lao Tzu
254. In what ways can an individual measure his capacity to lead?
I can only speak for myself on this, for I’ve learned a lot about man and the true meaning of personal initiative and willingness throughout this coarse of my life. I started by using accountability logs and inputting my daily and weekly thoughts and actions. This allowed me to go back and see the changes I’ve made through time. Additionally, I’ve learned how to conduct an attitude check and rational self analysis through RDAP. These are tools I can use to examine my thoughts and beliefs that occurred during an event and look ahead of the possible consequences, before executing my actions. After I’ve completed these documented checks. I would achieve them and review my progress once a month to see what changes I’ve made.
255. In what ways can an individual measure his effectiveness at leadership?
To measure the effectiveness of a leader, is to measure the performance of his followers. It’s not about what he pours into his people that counts, but what is planted. How they convey themselves is a direct reflection of the mentor that taught them. Additionally, it’s how he carries himself as a person and the values he demonstrates. He can either sit back and take all the credit at the hands of his men or he can express the willingness to work along side them. A strong leader is content to lead by example and show the way through his own actions. These actions are demonstrated through the 5 elements of a team (C.H.O.S.T) Caring, honesty, openedness, support and trust.
256. What does it mean to have a vision?
A vision is an idea of the existence of something I’ve imagined or pictured in my mind that serves as a purpose. An idea created from a vision is like a seed planted in the human mind. By devising a plan of action, this brings the vision to life – acting like a fertilizer to the seed. Through the process of executing this plan, the seed begins sprouting roots. When the vision is finally in full effect, it slowly blossoms into a tree – branching out into different directions revealing the beauty it has to offer in all directions. The best way to enrich a vision is through motivation, inspiration and dedication.
257. How does a leader gauge the effectiveness of a plan?
A leader can measure the effectiveness of a plan by utilizing accountability logs. He must also understand the possible risks involved with in the plan. A leader must always have a secondary back up plan or be ready to make modifications at any given moment. Secondary back up plans will act as a crutch when a potential risk arises and causes the primary plan to fail. But above all, a leader had to have once walked the pathway he is leading to truly test the effectiveness of his vision upon others. For this reason, if it worked for him, it will work for many others too. “To be a leader means to have once been a follower.” – Phil Jamison
258. Why would leadership require accountability tools?
The use of accountability tools will assist a leader in keeping account of his progress. He can also keep accountability on the performance of his subordinates. Through this, he will be able to monitor the progress and growth of his plan – allowing him to look back and examine the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of past inputs. Accountability logs will additionally help him measure the effectiveness of the companies actions, determining if any adjustments are required.
259. How would a leader make the most effective use of accountability tools?
To make the most effective use of his accountability tools. He’ll want to first create a plan consisting of the steps he’ll want to take to reach his goals. Additionally, he’ll want to keep account of the various job assignments delegated to his junior subordinates with in the different divisions of the business. This will better assist him in evaluating the progress made or lost in each of these areas. By recording the functions and the development of his operation. He will be able to monitor the steady progression of his business.
260. How would you describe leadership by example?
Leadership by example means to represent the epitome of the values I adhere to. I must convey the positive image I want my junior subordinators to reflect. For this reason, they will mirror my behavior – representing the balance and core values of my business. In addition, leadership by example means to walk the path of a leader – demonstrating the effectiveness of my actions and behavior. This shows others that it can work for them as well, because it successfully work for me. Demonstration through talent, must involve effectiveness and balance.
261. What does leading with integrity mean to you?
“To lead with integrity means to lead in congruence to the code of values I adhere to.” A leader must never demonstrate a breach of integrity through poor behavior. He must consistently and persistently “walk” the merit in which he bears – never expressing weakness in the eyes of his men. Leading with integrity means to display a strong level of humility and open-mindedness. The leader must always remain respectful and never forget about the struggles he went through to gain his command. He also wants to continue looking into discovering ways on how he can enhance his ability to be a stronger leader.
262. In what ways does personal leadership require an individual to put the concerns of others ahead of his own?
A team is a bond between multiple individuals united through a commonality of core values. Each individual must be fortified with the willingness to support and trust one another with in the team. With out trust, one can’t rely on the other. With out support, there’s no moral foundation with in the team. A team – like a series of flexible links creates a chain. This chain is connected to a powerful anchor, which is at the most forward end of the chain link. This anchor (leader) must rely on the trust and support of his links (subordinates). If one link (subordinate) shall fail, the anchor (leader ) shall fall. The anchor (leader ) wants to focus on strengthen the integrity of his links (subordinates). He can accomplish this through the process of proper training that will broaden their knowledge on the principles of their job. Furthermore, he wants to focus on strengthening the integrity of their values. For this reason, he wants to put their concerns above his. Therefore they’ll be fully capable of pulling him out of the deep when the sea’s get to choppy. “Anchor’s away!”
263. How can our behavior in prison influence the lives of those we ask to support or sponsor us?
Everyday I’m faced with decisions that could dictate the outcome of my future. These are choices such as who I interact with or activities I participate in. Even how I speak to prison staff members or handle high risk situations. If I choose wisely through valued-based decisions, desirable consequences will occur. But if I choose poorly and it constitutes in earning a disciplinary infraction. This behavior will disturb the foundation I’ve build for my future. In additionally, my support network will lose trust and respect in me – discrediting the relationships I’ve cultivated with them. I could lose my sponsorships and future employment opportunities along the way as well. The ripple effect from a bad decision will compromise my ability to have a success future beyond imprisonment.
264. When living within the restrictions of prison boundaries, where can we turn for leadership training?
I can study self help books that offer knowledge on leadership and mentoring. I can also focus on reading books authored by individuals who have once walked a pathway of leadership. These are books written by Michael Santos himself as well as books written by Military Armed Service Members. I’m currently reading a book written by the author Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer “No Easy Day”. It’s an autobiography of a Navy SEAL, regarding the raid on Osama Bin Laden. To conquer and triumph over a man of this nature takes strategic planning, a powerful team and indomitable leadership skills. The Navy SEAL’s possess the highest form of valor, integrity, leadership and honor with in the United States Armed Forces. Through Mr. Owens story it has given me a greater understand of what the value of leading with integrity represents. God Bless the SEAL’s, Hoo-yah! Other things I can look into doing to strengthen my knowledge on leadership are facilitating religious gatherings, such as prayer or Bible studies. This will support me in learning how to create planning and exercise my communication skills
265. Describe an individual who has leadership skills that you admire?
A leader who I admire more than any other is my fallen friend LCPL Anthony C. Melia. I admire and envy the immeasurable level of honor and bravery he conveyed in defending the lives of his men, his country and my freedom. As the fire team leader of his Marine Corp platoon. He led with integrity and put the concern of his teammates lives over his. In the midst of of combat – forcing to face adversity head on. He looked evil straight in the eyes and faced it with courage and valor. While taking on heavy fire, he sacrificed his own life to eliminate the threat – protecting the lives of his teammates. At the young age of 19, Anthony embodied what it meant to be a leader. He embodied what it truly meant to be Semper Fi. He embodied what it meant to be his values. And He embodied John 15:13 “No one has greater love than this, that he should lay down his life for a friend.” Although the boots he once wore will one day turn into dust and be gone with the wind. And the weapon he once used to defend this country against all enemies will one day be melted down in to scrap. The memory of Anthony’s compassion and bravery for his country will live on forever… I believe that a man is never gone until he is forgotten, for he lives with in me. For this reason, I will never forget this man.” Semper Fi…
266. To what extent would emulating such leadership traits influence your prospects for success?
As I continue emulating leadership traits after my incarceration. This will help me to build a life bigger than myself. This will support me in being a much greater father to my son Kai and my daughter Justus. Through the values I adhere to and manifest through daily living. My children – like a sponge, will absorb these traits, later conveying these qualities through their own actions. In addition to leadership traits. This will help me in achieving the career dreams I desire to achieve. Additionally, these traits will help me in earning the trust of my probation officer as well as strengthening the relationships with in my support network. Furthermore, it will help me to continue building my support network to unimaginable heights. The only limits for me are the ones I set for myself.
267. In what ways do our day-to-day actions show our commitment to personal leadership development?
To commit to personal leadership development. I must practice and commit myself to living with poise and in accordance to my core values. I have to understand the meaning of valued-based decisions – expressing the willingness to look at my day to day choices with an open mind. I want to forge the concept of looking ahead of the consequences of my actions into my inner being. Courage to face the things I’m fearful of doing is a have to. Enhancing my ability in being a greater father is a need to. True devotion in the progression to develop stronger leadership skills is a must…
268. How can a commitment to personal leadership development while in prison influence your relationship with people you haven’t yet met?
Living a life of transparency has allowed many to look into my life and witness my steady uprising through imprisonment. They’ve watched me grow into a stronger individual through the process of following values, which has fostered me in to “becoming my values.” They’ve also observed the overcoming of my history of social rule breaking, only to rise up from my swamp of poor decisions a more positive pro-social law abiding citizen. Giving others the opportunity to look into my life like an open book demonstrates proven objective fact and reality that one can change and one can succeed. As I’ve practiced and committed myself in becoming a young leader, especially in the midst of incarceration – which considerably gives out the fails perception of hitting “rock bottom”. Despite it seeming like the end of my life, actually opened my eye’s to a new beginning. As I’ve learned self-discipline, made valued based decisions, followed good conduct, created and accomplished clearly defined goals and adhered to values. By liberating from my own fears and struggles; my actions may liberate others from theirs. If my actions constituted in helping at least one child, teen or young adult. Than this was “Mission Success”! Next to helping others, this will help to push back the bias perception individuals have harbored against me, due to my irrational behavior that constituted in earning an incarceration. When I was no longer able to change the situation, I challenged to change myself. Growing old is inevitable… growing UP is optional, and I choose going UP!
269. In what way can the Straight-A Guide influence your prison adjustment?
The Straight-A-Guide influenced my adjustment to prison to be more safe, secured and at the same time “EMPOWERING.” It has helped me understand the functions with in the infrastructure of the prison environment. It has allowed me to successfully navigate my way through the depths of confinement more mindful of my surroundings. Additionally, it has supported and assisted me in understanding the true value of valued-based decisions that benefited me through day to day challenges. It has taught me how to commit to my goals and become a better man. Lastly, the Straight-A-Guide has made it crystal clear to me that despite the adversity I put “MYSELF” in. Things would turn out best for me if I made the best out of the way things turned out.
270. In what ways can the Straight-A Guide influence your prospects for a law-abiding, contributing life upon release?
The Straight-A-Guide taught me the value in creating core values to adhere to and live with through daily living. I’ve learned how to create clearly defined visions and goals – defining how I’d feel after I’ve achieved them. Additionally, I’ve practiced being more persistent and consistent in making correct investment decisions, which supported me in achieving my short/long-term goals. Through this process of perfect practice, I became more self-disciplined, responsible and can now manage my life with more balance. Next to this, I learned how not to aim in being the tallest, stiffest tree, for they are easily cracked and bridle. But practiced more on being the bamboo and willow tree, for they survive by bending with the wind. Through this process of perfect practice, I’ve learned self-improvement skills – giving me a stronger sense of humility, where I became right sized and more humble.
Aside from this, the Straight-A-Guide showed me that there are two ways of spreading positive light to others: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. Through this process of perfect practice, I’ve became more efficient in expressing willingness and caring, which has assisted me in building a powerful support network, furthering my communication skills and expanding my knowledge on relationships. Furthermore, a greater understanding of business ethics as well as seeking and discovering more ways in gaining knowledge on financial literacy. Above all, I practiced how to be more open-minded and open hearted, which brought me closer to my loved ones, J/C and God. This gave me a greater understanding of (1 Peter 5:10) “But after YOU have suffered a little while, the GOD of all undeserved kindness, who called YOU to his everlasting glory in union with Christ, will himself finish YOUR training, he will make YOU firm, he will make YOU strong.” Through this entire process I BECAME A LEADER… The desirable consequences of my commitment and perseverance is a lifetime of serenity, peace and glory…
271. In what ways will you use the Straight-A Guide going forward?
I am the author of my life and my journey to enlightenment. How I choose to end my story is completely up to me.” Growing up I’ve always been buffet by circumstances, for I thought of myself as a human being affected by outside conditions. This led in creating a pendulum change with in myself – later developed into irrational habitual patterns. Like a volcano, these patterns erupted into criminal acts of sentimentality, cognitive indolence and entitlement. This THESIS of my story only constituted in losing an 11 year military career, the loss of respect from fellow comrades, earning a federal incarceration and the abandonment of my family.
The BODY of my story started in February of 2012, where I began involving myself in the Straight-A-Guide. In spite of being confined with in the dark and lonely pitfall of imprisonment. This has helped me to foster skills and knowledge on how to progress in developing into a better person. This became the paradigm shift that changed my life. This educated me on how to properly seek out methods on achieving personal growth with in the prison environment. Through this process, I have learned how to expand my playing field, and the quality of my life. Additionally, I discovered the Residential Drug Abuse Program, where I gained an arsenal of tools and knowledge to support me in dealing with life’s challenges beyond imprisonment. This entire process started out as a small seedling. Through the saturation of commitment and the fertilization of willingness. It precociously developed strong shrubs, with tough pliable shoots – maturing into an everlasting pliant willow tree. And blessed are the flexible for they shall not be broken. The roots of this development will stick with me throughout the rest of my life…
The CONCLUSION of my story will begin when I’m finally released from the clutches of this prison. Beyond imprisonment, I will continue living my life in accordance to the principles of good conduct, integrity and adhering to my core values. I will carry the knowledge I’ve retained from the Straight-A-Guide throughout my life – planting it into the minds of others. With this being said… I choose not to have an ending to my story. For this reason, the Straight-A-Guide and enlightenment is a lifetime. Although I was once a man who was buffet by circumstances, for I thought of myself as a human being effected by outside conditions. I now realize that I am the power that commands the feeling of my mind and from which circumstances grow.
223. How would you gauge your level of financial literacy today?
I have a strong understanding to the functions of finances. I this day and age, I have to understand the concept of this, for it’s a requirement to meet my survival needs. Possessing the knowledge on how to balance a check book, build credit, prioritize bills, etc. is an essential skill needed to build my future. With out financial literacy, I hinder myself from balancing my life.
224. To what extent would you suppose that financial literacy relates to your probability for success upon release?
Financial literacy will have a strong impact on my future. In order for me to be successful in today’s world. I must understand how to manage my financial affairs. I have a goal and aspiration to one day grow with a business and manage the company. It would be beneficial for me to consistently educate myself on understanding the constant change and fluctuation of the financial world. By understanding how to build more capitol, this will allow the company to grow. Therefore allowing my success to grow with the company.
225. What opportunities exist for prisoners to improve their financial literacy?
The prison I’m currently confined to offers a financial education class with in it’s Release Preparation Program (RPP). This would help me to understand the basic principles of budgeting my personal finances during and after confinement. If I wish to broaden my knowledge on my financial literacy. I can also achieve this through various distance learning classes. There are a wide variety of colleges around the U.S. that offers a prisoner courses on gaining a stronger introspective on the financial world. Other means of gaining knowledge around the prison can be acquired through reading books. Books offer information on business, stocks, investing, etc. Additionally, more knowledge can be taken away through Entrepreneur, Time or Money magazines.
226. How would you summarize the total costs of your imprisonment?
For the F.B.O.P. to house me for a 30 month sentencing. I’m estimating a total cost of $90,000 at $100 a day. It is my belief that this is a frivolous use of taxpayers income. Contrary to my belief, if the F.B.O.P. offered a prisoner more opportunities to enroll into programs that consist of personal growth and behavior modification. This would be a more valued means to invest the taxpayers income. With in these programs/micro cosmos, prisoners can learn how to live addictive free lives and gain the essential tools to deal with life’s challenges beyond prison. He can also learn the benefits of following values and create clearly defined goals. In summary, he can work towards becoming a positive pro-social member to society. The added bonuses upon completion of these programs is a sentencing reduction, for the prisoner is now ready to be released back into the world. I believe that all prisoners who haven’t committed a crime involving harm to another should be eligible for these corrective programs. This would be a great investment decision on the American people.
227. Describe ways in which in an understanding of the stock market may help you value investment opportunities.
I believe that if I understand the value in where I can analyze the stock market. I can successfully expand my financial playing field. However, I do understand the stock market to have it’s risks, for there are constant changes and fluctuations with in it’s functions. In fact, by me understanding and studying the functions of other industries out there, I can become more diversified. This will lead me to make more calculated investment decisions toward risks. The willingness to meet the uncontrollable with a measure of choice and will power is to conquer with risk and triumph with glory.
228. How would improving skills to analyze the fundamentals of a particular stock lead to becoming a better small businessman?
By understanding a particular stock I will become more efficient as I decide what small businesses I can invest into. By studying the fundamental of the stock I gain a stronger introspective toward the overall condition of the industry. In addition, I can examine and evaluate the success and growth of the business. This will lead me in deciding the niche market that sparks my interest and skill set.
229. Describe the level of thought you are giving to your financial future.
Although money can’t buy happiness, it certainly eliminates a lot of problems. I say this because I’m the kind of man who believes more in having a job that I enjoy – regardless of the fact that it pays a lot or a little. It is said, if you love your work, than you’ll never work a day in your life. But in theory, it would benefit me more to elevate my salary wages and build a strong financial future. For this reason, I think highly of it and continue to persist in bettering myself and expanding my knowledge on gaining a firmer understanding on how to expand my playing field. By expanding my playing field, I expand the quality and comfort of my life and the lives of my children.
230. Describe the level of preparations you are making to prepare for retirement.
I consider myself to be a young individual still progressing in building a strong foundation for my future. In summary, my preparation is like building a hamburger. This includes the 3 layers consisting of the bottom bun, the meat/cheese, and the top crown. My main focus has been the laying of my bottom bun. This consists of my values, education, work history, etc. When I finally meet these goal requirements, I’ll then add my additional garnishing (lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, 401k, IRA, trust funds for my children, etc.) through my desired career. Through this growth I’ll eventually be ready to lay down my crown and retire…
231. In what ways would an understanding of the U.S. tax code contribute to your preparations for release?
Understanding the U.S. Tax Code laws and regulations will help me avoid any further issues with the law. By understanding the functions and legalities behind it I’ll be more at a financial advantage, for I’ll be capable of filing my own taxes. In addition, I’ll be aware of my wage deductions, money owned to the government and tax returns. All in all, by possessing the knowledge on the in’s and outs of the taxes codes. I can live with comfort and confidence!
232. What is your understanding of entrepreneurship?
Prior to earning my incarceration, I was working toward building a small business teaching Mixed Martial Arts “MMA”. Additionally, I wanted to sell MMA training equipment and sports nutritional products locally and through the Internet. I have a strong understanding of the requirements needed to build and expand a business. I understand various contracts such as bi/unilateral contracts. Furthermore, the functions of Search Engine Optimization “SEO” and Paid Per-Click “PPC” as well as general marketing strategies for drawing traffic to my business. After all, the owner doesn’t expand the business, the customers do…
233. What would you attribute as a primary reason for business failures in the United States, and why?
To my knowledge and working with in the field of Internet Advertising and Marketing. I’ve witnessed businesses fall apart due to poor management. This constitutes in poor planning, a lack of knowledge in marketing tactics and strategies, and under capitalism. Additionally, I’ve witnessed management fail to understand the true value of taking advantage of the wonderful world of Internet Search Engine Placement S.E.P. The power to drive traffic to a business through Internet linking, keywords, etc gives a business the power to expand with more ease. Like a fine wine, Search Engine Optimization gets better through time as well as the business. Although this may be true, many times I’ve heard business owners say the words “I don’t believe in the Internet”. The harsh reality of unplanned failure stems from the failure to properly plan, thus gaining a proper understanding on how to succeed.
234. If you were going to run your life as a business, how would you describe your preparation to succeed?
I began preparing for success many years ago in the U.S. Navy through self help, tech schooling and work experience. Despite my current obstacle of facing an incarceration, I’m still progressing forward. I’m taking care of business by furthering my knowledge and education on business. But first, I’ve made it a goal in becoming a stronger and more assertive communicator, a better thinker, and greater modeled citizen by adhering to values and clearly defined goals. I will continue enhancing my ability in becoming a better person for myself and others. I’ve been doing this by only setting my sights of the negative aspects and liabilities of my life that have hindered my abilities in becoming a successful individual in the past. By focusing on my negative traits and unfavorable blind-spots. I can learn how to rectify these self defeating areas with in my life. After I’ve successfully rectified these areas and dumped off my garbage. I’ll then focus more on reaching for the sky – this time more objectively and with a clearer head and an opened mind.
235. What resources do you have available to you now?
An availability I’ve managed to engage myself in is the Michael G. Santos Foundation/Straight-A-Guide. This has had a major impact on the building blocks of my future beyond incarceration. In addition to my availabilities, I’ve successfully involved myself in a 500 hour Residential Drug Abuse Program aka R.D.A.P. Although I’ve successfully earned a sentencing reduction upon completion of R.D.A.P. I’ve gained something more beneficial for my future. I’ve gained a stronger sense and understanding on how to deal with life’s challenges beyond imprisonment. Furthermore, I’ve gained more values and tools to lead a meaningful, respectful, productive and addictive free life. I’ve also learned how to build stronger relationships with others and how to choose my peers more objectively. By integrating these to programs together as one. I have enhanced my ability to achieve success after my incarceration and never again return prison. Although this journey has rendered to be stressful and involve risk and struggles. The greater these struggles have been, the more glorious the triumph now is!
236. What potential markets exist for you?
Over the last 12 years, I’ve been expanding my knowledge and expertise in (HAZMAT) Hazardous Material Transportation and Logistics. This consisted of munitions, firearms, pyrotechnics and explosives material. Occationally I’d be tasked to transport other forms of HAZMAT such as fuels, aircraft chemicals and so forth. A high level of knowledge, responsibility and discipline comes with possessing this job field. This experience was gained through the U.S. Navy. Additionally, I’ve strengthened my public speaking skills and leadership qualities. Furthermore, I’ve strengthened and accelerated my knowledge in physical fitness training and marketing strategies. With this being said, the potential markets that exist for me and match my skill set are area’s with in the national and international shipping and transportation department. Also the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or Department of Energy (DOE). Other avenues that exist for me are operating my own gym or starting my own personal training academy. Although some of these marketing avenues may seem to far fetched for a felon to fulfill… “That’s a mouthful.” By following a strategic plan of action and strong values I can gain the knowledge to build the proper network needed to reach these heights.
237. What level of resources do you anticipate having on the day of your release?
I’m anticipating a high level of resources available for me upon my release. In summary, throughout my incarceration, I’ve built a strong support network that has assisted me in overcoming my imprisonment safely and with more ease. I have the faith in the willingness and care they possess to progress further in supporting me beyond prison. I additionally have support through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for my medical needs and/or employment needs if needed. Furthermore, I have the Internet, A/A and N/A, my church and most of all my Probation Officer. These are resources and skilled help who increase my success rate beyond the prison gate.
238. What level of earnings do you project during your first three years after your release?
I’m looking into acquiring a job that offers benefits and a starting wage salary with in the realm of 45-55k a year. Next to this, I plan on enrolling back into college and reactiving my Post 9/11 GI Bill with in the Bay Area. This bill offers paid tuition fees, book fees and housing fees. With in the time frame of 1-3 years after my release, I’m estimating a calculated figure of 65-80K a year.
239. What level of earnings do you project during your first decade after your release?
It is my goal to elevate my wage salary earnings up to $100,000 a year and beyond. Through the future plans I’ve mapped out, I will achieve this. Part of my plan of action is to not only focus on accelerating my own experience and knowledge with in my line of work. I’ll also seek and discover new methods and idea’s for the company I’m with in to expand and grow as well. Whether it’s creating a new product line and/or new platform to take on – if the company can grow, the staff members can grow as well. Therefore resulting in the elevation of my own financial and career growth.
240. What action steps can you begin taking to increase your financial literacy?
As a prisoner, I’ll continue further my financial literacy through self-help books and magazines. I’ve also expressed a level of humility and willingness to reach out to other prisoners with in the facilities to gain a stronger understanding of the world of finances. In spite of this being a federal prison. There are still individuals with in the prison who possess a high level of knowledge in area’s such as stocks, retirement and finances. I believe it to be highly beneficial for anyone coming into a federal prison to seek out individuals of this nature – after running them through the S.W.O.T. Technique. Many of them have a wide varity of knowledge and experience to offer… Later, after I’ve transitioned back into the community, I plan on furthering my education through college and the Internet.
241. What relationship do academic credentials have to enhancing financial literacy?
Credentials, in summary, expresses the level of intelligence an individual has towards the subject matter at hand. To a greater extent, if I look at persons academic credentials deeper and from a different introspect. This conveys their level of discipline, dedication and commitment with in the persons will to learn and achieve. The relationship between academic credentials such as mathematics, reading and writing and communication all work hand and hand with financial literacy. Strengthening ones academic credentials sharpens a persons level in retaining the knowledge delivered, thus executing the knowledge possessed. By possessing high academic credentials – through time, this will support them in heightening their understanding towards the functions of the monetary system to a greater extent. The more a person commits themselves in expanding their minds, the more they master the art of understanding much.
242. In what ways would fluency with mathematical concepts and equations enhance your potential earning power or opportunities upon release?
Enhancing my fluency in mathematical concepts will open new avenues of opportunity for me beyond release. This will strengthen my ability to gain potential employment opportunities with in area’s that involve accountability. The ability to maintain order, stock and inventory or even payroll with in a business makes me a potential asset to the company. Additionally, I’ll have the ability to understand the stock market and balancing out company revenue. With is in mind, I’ll have the power to expand businesses and enhance my percentage on becoming more successful… 1 strong mind + 1ME x 2gether = 4titude
243. In what ways would developing your skill with regard to reading, writing, and speaking enhance your potential earning power or opportunities upon release?
Developing strong reading, writing and speaking skills will promote my success after prison. This will grant me the ability to properly fill out job applications, create my own resumes and more. Additionally, it will better assist me in properly speaking and selling myself to prospective employers. Collectively, this will without a doubt enhance my chances in landing employment. Looking at it from another angle, this will benefit me in communicating with authoritative members such as my probation officer, halfway house staff or peace officers. Lastly, I can even continue building up my network of skilled help and positive peers.
244. Describe the types of books that might broaden your financial literacy and thus help you prepare for success upon release?
Books that have broadened my financial literacy are textbooks pertaining to various levels of mathematical education. I’ve also used self-help books such as Basic Financial Knowledge and Finances for Dummies. Furthermore, I’ve utilized magazines like Forbes, Economists and Entrepreneur. All of these resources have assisted me in broadening my knowledge on financial literacy. As a prisoner, there are limitations the prison has to offer on furthering their education on financial literacy. A prisoner would need to exercise their own willingness and initiative to order their own self-help text/workbooks.
245. What resources will you rely upon to make financial decisions in your future?
The resources I can rely on when making financial decisions are the tools I’ve gained through the Straight-A-Guide and the Residential Drug Abuse Program. I can run my thoughts through the Strengths Weaknesses Opportunities and Threats Technique (SWOT) to weigh the pros and cons of my decision. I can even create a formatted grid utilizing the quadrant theory technique. Furthermore, I can run my thoughts through the 5 rules of rational thinking to look ahead of the possible consequences and see if my choice will help me meet my short and long-term goals. I’ll additionally use my support network to assist me in brainstorming my ideas. But above all, I’ll exercise my ability to make proper valued based investment decisions…
246. To what extent do you anticipate investment decisions having a role in your future?
Investment decisions will strongly influence my life after prison. I have a lot of rebuilding of relationships and reconstructing of my life that has to be done. Earning this incarceration created a powerful ripple effect that destroyed many of my past relationships and trust with in society. It will help me to understand the value of my choices. Further, I need to understand if my decisions will only be based satisfying my short-term goals or benefit me in the long-run? The decisions I make could dictate the success or failure of my life after imprisonment. I want every decision I make to be one that will benefit my life, my children’s lives and our future. An investment in the knowledge to make the right decision always pays the best interest, for a good decision could also lead to a good return on investment R.O.I.
247. Describe the resources you anticipate relying upon as you advance in age.
Resources I’ll need to depend on as I grow older are a steady flow of income. I’ll also need medical care and dental care. But as I advance further in age. It would gratefully benefit me in investing income into retirement, for I can’t work forever. So I’ll want to look into investing in a Roth IRA or 401k. Additionally through time, I want to continue advancing my support network of skilled help and positive people.
248. What role will these resources play in sustaining your life?
All of these roles will play a strong factor in sustaining the balance of my life. They will help me to live comfortably and worry free. It will keep me rooted – protecting my physical health, emotional health and relationships. Additionally they’ll help me meet my daily survival needs as well as my children’s needs. To a further extent, it will assist me in one day being able to lay my crown-down on top of my hamburger aka retire!
249. How will you adjust your tolerance for risk as you age?
I will continue advancing my knowledge on nutrition and healthy living. I’ll especially stay active in maintaining a well disciplined physical fitness regiment to stay fit. Moreover, I’ll practice and commit myself in living in congruence with the “Activity Theory”. According to gerontology studies, if I stay physically active as an adult and with in my elderly years. This will add years to my life. With this being said, I’ll participate in more recreational activities with my children. I’ll have more fun with my family and friends. I’ll even involve myself in more sporting activities as well as create more hobbies. Other means of advancing my tolerance are to save up and build up enough income to live free of worry. Additionally, I’ll want to have enough income invested into my IRA and/or 401k.
250. What influence would another problem with the criminal justice system have upon your financial stability?
Everything I’ve established would be meaningless if I failed to live my life in accordance to my values and it constituted in earning another incarceration. The damaging consequences – like a wrecking ball will destroy everything I’ve worked for. I will lose the trust and respect from family and positive peers and my support network. I will also lose my possessions and the foundation I’ve created for my life. Additionally I’ll be required to pay more court and attorney fees. The ripple effect would be more devastating, for this discredits all I’ve accomplished to overcome my past failures. But more then anything, these actions that constitute in earning time back in prison becomes an outside condition for my children… They’ll be forced to mature without their daddy. This could later lead them in following irrational behavior themselves and constitute in them suffer the same adversity as I did. This linear belief window I’ve created through my own irrational actions becomes their cognition. In spite of the fact the I don’t truly know what my future holds for me; I do know who holds my future. Without a doubt, I plan to never again return back to prison.
Phillip Jamison/ Class 10: Leadership Training
January 8, 2013
“Character of a Godly Woman” (Proverbs 31:10-31)
A Godly woman’s character should stand out to you even amongst models and movie stars. A husband can trust such a wife. Without trust, its impossible for a relationship to work. For an actress or model can be deceiving and beauty passes away, but a woman that is conscious of God and fears God shall be praised as the word says in (Proverbs 31:30). A woman with these traits is a jewel or a diamond as I call them to a Godly mans life. But a woman a man can not trust is like cancer to his bones – sickens the relationship until it dies (Proverbs 12:4). A Godly woman is like a crown to her husbands head… Take away a Kings crown and he has no glory… take away a mans Godly wife and his malosi (strength) is gone. Remember “Godly wife” not the hutchie one, the one you thought was the nice apple bottom-big breasted, but turned out to be apple sauce…
What good is a King with no Queen? A Godly woman will maintain her character even if tempted by another… Such as the Queen Vashti in the book of Esther, when King Xerxes was full of wine and summoned her to come show off her beauty and nakedness. But the Queen refused to come in front of the banquet and parade herself. Many ladies these days run for the opportunity to show themselves and their nakedness or just to be loud… Is that pleasing to you? No? It’s not pleasing to God either, for what comes from with in is pleasing in sight of our father (1 Peter 3:3,4). A woman of noble character will not commit adultery, even if her husband once wronged her. A good woman won’t let herself be conquered by the evil, but keep conquering evil with the good (Romans 12:21). For how can she win back her husband to the lord by repaying him back with evil (1 Corinthians 7:16). In the book of Ruth, her husband died and her mother-in-law Naomi told her to go back to her family and to her people. But Ruth refused and told Naomi that she is going to go where ever Naomi goes and Naomi’s people will be her people and where you die, I shall die, and there is where I shall be buried. Naomi’s God will be her God (Ruth 1:16,17). Who wouldn’t want a wife with this kind of commitment and these characteristics. A man who finds such a wife is blessed and receives malosi (strength). But most important receives favor from the Lord (Proverbs 18:22). I pray this message reassures your trust in your Godly wife, however, if you don’t have one, this moves you to seek for one. But first, what kind of characteristics do you have? For a Godly woman will be looking for a Godly man. May God bless you and keep you…
Each 1 + Teach 1= Reach 2
Phillip Andro Jamison
Blog: Through my 9 months of R.D.A.P (18 May 2012-30 Dec. 2012) Here are my exercise workout Totals between that time frame.
*Pull-ups: 3648 (30+20+10=60 one day a week) + (14+12+10+8+6+4=54 on day a week)
*Push-ups: 28,880 (100+90+80+70+60+50=450 two days a week)
*4 Count Flutter Kicks: 23,040 (100+90+80+60+40+20=490 Three days a week)
*Hanging Straight legged leg-raises: 4,032 (12+10+8+6+4+2=42 two days a week)
*Handstand push-ups: 1920 (10+8+6+4+2=30 two days a week)
*100 lbs. steel grate drags around a Softball diamond: 119,040 Ft= 22.50 miles (Drag 930Ft four days a week)
*135 lbs. Deep Squats: 2,880 (20+18+16+14+12+10=90 one day a week)
Phillip Andro Jamison