After waiting over a year, I finally received clearance for the photos from the 2-day seminar I gave within the Federal Bureau of Prisons System. It was a pleasant surprise which I had given up hope for. Specifically, I delivered a unique, hard-hitting, in your face, seminar to the inmate community within the Federal Correctional Institution in Coleman, Florida. I really wanted something to remember that event.
It was a memorable and unique experience. I had hoped to return for a follow-up seminar in April but it did not happen. I have been told that many of the inmates are trying to find a sponsor/liaison to make this happen.
The photos of me presenting within the Federal Correctional facility in Coleman, Florida have been posted within a special section on my “Intrepid Way” website.
The Real Estate Portfolio Introductory Session for my friend, Tony Calloway’s Primerica group appears to have gone well.
Tony, Wes, and I jointly hosted and presented to the group in a lively, interactive, and fast-paced session. Many times, I could not tell the how the audience responded. They were very quiet and their facial expressions a bit neutral. It appeared they were concentrating and thinking but I simply could not tell if they like what they were hearing.
Tony gave me some feedback afterwards. To my relief, Tony said the group seemed to enjoy the session. Now that we have completed it, it is uncertain what happens now. I believe some of them will attend an Investors Roundtable meeting to see what we do.
But for now, I will let Tony ponder on what will happen to this experimental group.
I typically do not write commentary on movies. While I do enjoy movies and have a respectable DVD collection, I do not usually go to movie theatres and critique movies.
Recently, I had the occasion to see two very extraordinary movies. Unlike many movie critics, I don’t actively look for things wrong with the movie or dissect it unreasonably. I look to have a stimulating and entertaining experience. And if I happen to be moved and inspired along the way, all the more better.
I think we are a product of what we listen, watch, and believe. The inputs shapes us in strange, subtle ways. With inspirational movies, it doesn’t have to be subtle. It can be can be overt and impactful. I love those kinds of movies which motivates, inspires, and empowers people.
The two movies I am referring to are “The Pursuit of Happyness” and “Freedom Writers”. Both of these movies are exceptional movies especially to those who are part of the empowerment, motivational, and inspirational communities.
Like great movies before them, these movies are about overcoming incredible odds to achieve meaningful success. And the nice thing about these movies is that they are based on true stories!
“The Pursuit of Happyness” is about Chris Carter who, over twenty years ago, was a homeless single father struggling against incredible odds to support his son and become a stock broker which eventually lead him to starting his own firm and ultimately becoming rich and influential today. When I watched this movie, there were many funny parts. But in putting myself in the character’s shoes, I wondered if I could have done the things that were portrayed to overcome life’s obstacles. I came out of that movie inspired and moved that nearly all obstacles can be overcome with enough work and determination.
“Freedom Writers” was an unexpected movie for me. I was interested in the movie based on Hillary Swank (a favorite actress) and her character’s challenge of dealing with troubled and underprivileged teens. Little did I know, it was based on a true story! It was based on English teacher, Erin Gruwell, and her passion and determination to make a difference in these troubled teens lives through the power of written journals. For many years, I never thought I would ever become a writer, author, or publisher. And yet, along the way, I learned the power of self-expression through writing. It truly is an experience like no other especially when you realize other people are reading your work. For the students, they knew their teacher were reading and listening privately. And this, I believe, served as a catalyst for the release of inner frustrations, fears, insecurities, anxieties, these teens felt. Through writing, they could release these emotions in a healthy and even therapeutic way.
I never liked English very much as a subject in school but I did learn enough and appreciate it enough to know that I had to learn it to be respected in society. I saw the negative perception and consequence of people who did not adequately learn written English.
Erin Gruwell started the Freedom Writers Foundation. While I do not yet know much about the foundation itself beyond what the website says, I was moved enough by the movie to read the website. I have never met Erin Gruwell but I can say she has proven you can make a difference in this world if you put your mind to it.
Too many people say they do not have enough money and time to help. What a crock of shit when I hear that. Everyone can contribute in their own way to the world. Money is not the only currency in this world. Passion, love, and lots of action carries a lot of weight also.