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What 4 Years in Prison Taught Me About The Human Spirit

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Everyone makes mistakes, but our next guest on the School of Greatness made one and ended up paying a steep price.

Despite a promising career as one of the top classically trained violinists in the country under the age of 18 and a history of academic accomplishments, he found himself guilty of a crime that landed him a sentence of 6 to 25 years in prison.

This is the first of a two part series with a man who came out of prison and became the number one jazz violinist in the world.  Please welcome my hero and only blood brother, Christian Howes.

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Christian Howes on the School of Greatness with Lewis Howes

“That was my challenge every day, to better myself. I can’t do $#%t, I’m in prison, the only thing I can do every day is to better myself and to become a better human being.” – Christian Howes

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • How at the age of 19, Christian Pleaded Guilty for Drug Trafficking and Received 6-25 Years in Prison
  • How the Mandatory Minimum Sentences Work
  • Inside the Undercover Sting Operation that Built the Case
  • The Process of Going to Prison (and the crazy stories inside it)
  • About Solitary Confinement aka “The Hole”
  • About the Ross Correctional Vocational Music Program – The Warden’s Band
  • The Scariest Experience He Had to Face While in Prison
  • How Christian Survived (and Thrived) in Prison
  • That Convicts Struggle with the Daily Choice Between Improvement and Checking Out
  • How He Lost his Fear of Promoting Himself
  • Plus much more…

“There’s no shame in my game.”

Continue Seeking Greatness:

“Going to prison totally flipped my script. All bet’s were off and I knew I could go all out.”

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What’s the biggest thing you took away from this episode?  Imagine yourself going to prison… how would that feel and what would you focus on each day you were in there?  Leave your thoughts in the comments section below, and if you enjoyed this episode share it with your friends on Facebook and Twitter.

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33 comments
Manu Kalia
Manu Kalia

Lewis that was very special.  Thanks for sharing something so personal. 

DeniBonet
DeniBonet

@regan_george I'll definitely check it out. I didn't know Christian background. Thanks for sharing and very nice to meet you Regan!

RobbGorringe
RobbGorringe

Lewis, what an amazing story?!! 'Can't wait for Part 2.  Keep going strong in 2014 // Robb

NoahShull
NoahShull

Listening to this whole interview with Chris, whom I'm proud to know. I vaguely knew of this part of his life, but have never gotten to speak with him about it. I went through a very similar circumstance with going to prison when I was young on a Marijuana charge in my case, was drafted into the Warden's Band at RICI in Mansfield Oh. So much of this hit home. Kudos and Thanks Chris and Lewis.

WynnMulcahy
WynnMulcahy

Thank you so much for sharing this heartfelt episode, Lewis.   Your brother turned his life around so quickly was remarkable.. He is a so talented Violist.  His life experiences should be written into a book.. A must listen and share Episode.  

Chris Roberts
Chris Roberts

Yeah enjoyed the show! Will be sure to check pt.2

thedannorris
thedannorris

Thanks so much to both of you for doing this. It was an amazing episode. 

Mollycules
Mollycules

Awesome episode Lewis! Can't wait for part two.

Melanie Mencarelli
Melanie Mencarelli

Listened to this all while making dinner tonight and eager to hear more. Especially like where you ended it, the idea that your brother didn't need fancy things because he saw his raw self. Hope the rest goes up soon! ;)

Mike Barbre
Mike Barbre

This is a pretty courageous session, Lewis. Thanks for sharing so much of your family's history and tougher times.

Alexi Panos
Alexi Panos

Will listen as soon as I'm back! Happy New Year! Keep playing big!

amandatmcmeans
amandatmcmeans

I JUST saw your brother play in town last week at Natalie's Coal Fire Pizza with the Relentless Mules.  Had no idea he was your bro.  He is VERY talented.  You should be so proud!

ElaineHarper
ElaineHarper

Great post!  Kudos to your bro and to you for not losing the faith.  Or giving up.

John Paul Aguiar
John Paul Aguiar

Nice work man.. like real shit like this because it hits close to home.

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