Steven Dybvad Book Report, July 30, 2012 – “Triumph” by Michael G Santos
Book Report – 7-30-2012
“Triumph” by Michael G Santos
This book is the first book that I have picked up to read in my first month at Lebanon Penitentiary.I chose to read this book first because the words on the cover caught my attention; “Conquering imprisonment and preparing prisoners for reentry”. Naturally these words spoke to me.
I learned a great deal from this book. It has helped me better understand how to work the Straight A Guide program more successfully. I read about many different men with many different backgrounds and cultures from life’s better and worse. I learned how each of these men made a conscious decision to prevail when the entire system around them was doing the exact opposite; and that’s trying to bring them down, ensuring that they return to the very system that wants them to come back. Michael wrote clear and specific instructions
on how to implement each of the seven attributes that help make this program work. Attitude, Aspiration, Action,
Accountability, Awareness, Achievement and Appreciation. Each of these words holds meaning and substance, enriching our lives in this great journey to success. A 100% commitment to using each of these attributes is necessary to ensure the life improvements that we are striving for.
Embracing and living by an empowering attitude positions one’s self to thrive. Better understanding the nature of our adversity, the more capable and affective we can be at mastering our attitudes in return helping us overcome our struggles. Good choices start with a good attitude. Triumph begins with an empowering attitude.
For great aspirations, we depend upon our attitude. With a great attitude we aspire to live as productive, contributing members of society.
Aspirations to build a new improved life requires 100% commitment to such aspirations turning them into reality. They should synchronize with ones values.
By proving worthy of the network that supports and sponsors me, I must take action. Any prisoner can say that they want to succeed. By taking action we make a daily commitment to this program. We know what we must do each day and we do
it. We must cut the chains that try to keep us down and we rise toward becoming the best man we can become. Michael Santos says that with daily action steps, we can transcend the prison experience by preparing ourselves to leave stronger, wiser, happier, living for our family rather than suspending our thoughts. Meaningful growth doesn’t materialize by accident.
Accountability is a gauge and an invaluable tool. Keeping a log of our improvement on our goals holds us accountable and keeps us grounded on course. Accountability logs are maps to success.
Prison dulls our senses, but all of these tools provided sharpen our awareness. By taking action and holding ourselves accountable, we heighten our awareness to seize opportunities.
When fully involving our mind, our heart and our will in every aspect of our life, we achieve. We celebrate every achievement, no matter how small, because progress is never made easily. There will always be rough spots and setbacks with obstacles which make every achievement worthy of praise.
So we celebrate, but we must also show appreciation for the blessings that we receive along the way. I appreciate my family, for I never could have made it this far without their loving help and resources. Michael states that if we embrace the Straight-A-Guide and appreciate our achievements, we strengthen ourselves, we begin to climb out. We must apply ourselves fully, with positive attitudes and a 100% commitment to strategic, incremental actions and steps. Together we offer an unmistakable proof that if we follow the steps that
the Straight-A-Guide has laid out for us, we undoubtedly have a future of success ahead of us.
This entire book will contribute to the success upon my release from prison. Triumph taught me how to more thoroughly implement my tools and knowledge of the Straight-A-Guide. Because of this book I have already created and activated more detailed goals that help keep me focused on the prize ahead; the life of success and sustaining that success with a 100% commitment to walk out of prison as a strong and honorable man who can stand on my own two feet, living as a role model for my family and community.