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Community Reentry is not easy, but here is the evidence that it most definitely can be successfully achieved.
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As promised, this is the continuation of my article, "Recently released from Prison? You don't need a Job, You Need a Break!"

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“Whether a person wants one or not, they are going to have a journey. The destinations of their journey are dependent upon the choices they make during their Journey.”

There are very few people who at some point during their life haven’t taken a fall, realized a setback or had to pick him or herself back up and move on with life.

The magnitude of each individual’s challenge is gigantic, because it is his or her personal challenge, which they are living in real time.


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Finding that First Job when Released from Prison.  It is human nature that people want to help you.

For many people who have a less than pristine history, the biggest barrier they face in seeking employment is frequently the fear of disclosing their conviction more than anything else.  Ex-offenders cringe at the very thought of having to tell someone their story.  For goodness sakes, what are they going to do - say “Boo!” and take away your birthday?

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Free Book Today - Recovering from Life's Setbacks and Conquering Challenges

This book is for any person who has experienced a setback.  Perhaps a bankruptcy, a home foreclosure, job loss, career change, the loss of a business, an incarceration event, or any of the many situations people face each and every day.

Some people recover and some don’t.  Recovery is a choice, and this book clearly delineates how those choices are made, and it demonstrates the reality that your future can be whatever you want it to be regardless of what challenges you are facing today.

The person who has experienced a dramatic life change, or who is hoping to dramatically change their life is going to face some significant challenges.

The pages that follow are a journey that spans over thirty years and includes the attainment of such positions, recognitions and certifications as; Airline Transport Pilot, Certified Flight Instructor, Training Officer, FAA Accident Prevention Counselor, President, Chief Executive Officer, Entrepreneur of the Year finalist, Best in Business, and twice distinguished on the Inc 500 List of America’s fastest growing companies.  All of these achievements were attained post-conviction and post-incarceration.

Many books have been written by individuals who served time in prison, were released, and then wrote a book, purporting to know the path and have the answers for making a successful reentry into mainstream society.

Additionally, many people are released from prison and attempt to embark upon a crusade to purportedly help people who are released from prison make a successful reentry into mainstream society - even though the teachers have not reentered mainstream society themselves.

Despite having talked with numerous individuals who seek government and foundation grants, and other funding and charity for the purpose of providing assistance to ex-offenders, no one has been able to provide a coherent answer to the question regarding the elephant in the room - the fact that the person(s) pursuing the endeavor and expect to provide the assistance to help others reenter into mainstream society have not done so themselves.

A person can effectively only teach that which they have actually done. I question the veracity of those who purport to know the path, having never actually integrated into, and become a working member of, mainstream society post incarceration. 

I suspect that there are many people like myself, who after having served time in prison, experienced 30-plus years of success in mainstream society. Ironically, I believe that the primary reason that many of the most qualified individuals have not written books is because they continue to remain very busy with their career.

I spent almost three decades forming the material for this book by focusing on my career. My career focus and my goals never included writing this, or any similar book. It was not until almost two years after selling a company, which provided for my retirement that I even considered the laborious task of writing a book. The only motivation to write this book was to produce a work with a main theme and focus on helping others achieve substantially similar results as I have during my career.

I have received hundreds of positive letters from offenders who read the first and second editions of this book, which was initially published in 2005. Those letters reaffirmed the fundamental reason for having invested the time.

Download Slaying the Dragon Here. 

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CDG7J5I


If you don't have a Kindle Reader, you can download the free Kindle app for any device here. 

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Successful Community Reentry
Starts with Cleaning Up
Life Baggage

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This book is available today for free.

This book is used in numerous correctional facilities as the foundation for reentry, and in others as a supplemental guide.

Slaying the Dragon - The Journey from the Dungeon to the Ivory Tower uses a metaphor of Slaying Dragons as the comparative to slaying life's many challenges. It is the real-life story of my journeys from federal and state prison to Airline Transport Pilot and President & CEO of the 68th fastest growing company in America (Inc 500 List of America's Fastest Growing Companies.)

The book is written very much as a personal letter to a friend in need of directional counsel. …a rather long letter.

My arrangement with Amazon is that the book be offered for free five times each quarter so that those who need it most, but can least afford it, can have access to it.

The free version is the Kindle version, which can be read on any device by using the Kindle App. Facilities with computer labs are welcome to download unlimited copies. It is of course also available in paperback.

Download a free copy of the book today here:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CDG7J5I

An announcement goes out ever time the book is offered for free to everyone who is subscribed to my Circular - The Sextant - which is also free.

You can subscribe to the Sextant here:

http://www.selfreinvention.org/the-sextant.html

If you don’t have a Kindle, get the free Kindle Reader App for any device here:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=200783640

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