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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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“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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