I’m receiving nothing but love and support since I’ve been out. The support has been pouring in from the streets, the community, N.B.A. stars, professional boxers, rappers and the entire Hip-Hop family. It has actually been so overwhelming, but I’m taking it all in. While incarcerated I read over 300 books, elevated my spirit, and strengthened my mind. Prison taught me patience.
After being on lock for so long, one can become institutionalized. Sometimes to survive in prison, one must become the prison. But when making the transition to civilian, you must become reprogrammed. Just like a computer, you must input the information or software onto your hard drive - then you have to become familiar with the operation of this new information and make it work to your advantage. Without being properly prepared for the outside while still inside can cause anxiety for a future which can be frightening.
That revolving door which is so commonly spoken of in reference to recently released inmates or parolees can be eliminated with proper preparation, education, and awareness. I’ve often heard elders saying, “you gotta use what you’ve got to get what you want.” In prison I had accesses to the library. I read everything that would help me in the direction in which I was going. I decided that I was the master of my own destiny and solely in control of my fate and future. Life is a blank book in which you are the author. Write what you wish. The calm man, having learned how to govern himself, knows how to adapt himself to others.
There are several books I personally recommend that can begin to point you in the right direction;
1. As A Man thinketh by James Allen
2. The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason
3. Think And Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.
Read any business orientated books you can get your hands on. You must begin to create a new self. Do not expect to create a new self once exiting prison - the transition must begin before you exit. The halfway house is not designed for your rehabilitation nor re-assimilation back into society, the halfway house can be a stressful situation just like prison: they keep tabs on you, monitor you whereabouts, and seem to shadow your every move. The food is actually better in prison. You can’t let that distract you from your goals.
Even from the halfway house, I’ve been in meetings with the presidents of Universal, Sony Pictures, and others. We at Freeway Enterprise are currently in negotiations with UMG about a record label deal. Right now, were accepting material from Rap and R&B, to Blues, Gospel and Pop. Be on the lookout for my upcoming movie by Taylor and Ross, and my new show. Even though I haven’t been out long I’ve made the most of my time.
Life is going good for me. I’m taking my time learning this new technology as I navigate through this dot com world. Set your own pace, and run your own race on your own terms.