Incarcerated Men Share Thoughts on PEP’s 10 Driving Values

Posted: May 6, 2014 by Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP) in About PEP
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PEP's 10 Driving Values

PEP’s 10 Driving Values

Our character development specialist, Mike Potts, assigned Class 21 participants the task of writing a paragraph about which of the Prison Entrepreneurship Program‘s 10 Driving Values is their favorite and why. We shared all of those write-ups with family members, but I wanted to share some great lines from this assignment with you as a sort of “greatest hits.”

I hope that you are as inspired as I am by their writing!

– Laura

“Big thoughts don’t matter if they are not turned into action” … I have learned through experience that courage is sharing your story, not being immune to criticism. – Dylan T.

The only loser is the person that never runs the race. Live every day of your life executing your goals, and feel the weight come off your shoulders. – Philemon J.

I promised my mom 9 years ago I would not get any tattoos when I got to TDCJ. Today I have no tattoos. I kept my word. That is just one example of integrity to me. – Roy M.

Holding yourself accountable means the next person doesn’t have to. – Antwon P.

There is only one way to do right, the right way. – Jason L.

Innovation is not just improving an idea or object, but an improvement in me. – Michael G.

Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do. – Anthony C.

It was once said, darkness does not drive out darkness, only light can drive out darkness, hate does not drive out hate, only love drives out hate. – Jose A.

You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink. I always tried to make horses drink. – Doniee E.

Then it hit me… you must be humble & lead by example so others too will follow in your path. – John E.

Just seeing how people on the outside truly care gave me a different view towards how I view people, and the realization that the choices I make in life don’t just affect me, but everyone around me. – Charles K.

To me, a Fresh Start Outlook is bigger than having society look at me differently. It is me looking at society differently. – Kenneth G.

Michael Potts and Pat McGee, our PEP instructors, have shown us that everything is possible in life and to never give up. – Francisco M.

I made a firm promise that I will never be the cause on my own pain again. – Rodolfo B.

Life is not a fairy tale. You have to work in order to get what you want. – Alex H.

What execution means to me is don’t start something if you know you will not finish it, then when you do finish, make sure it’s to the best of your ability, not something that you’ve rushed. – Willie S.

… no one should go around stressed and depressed, but everyone should go around with joy because they’re blessed. – Adrian L.

In everything that we do we take pride in the responsibilities given to us and do everything to the best of our abilities, going above and beyond what is expected of us. In life this will allow us as individuals to be proud of what we have become and allow others to trust in us as we prove ourselves to be wise stewards in everything that we do. – Paxton K.

  1. These 10 DRIVING VALUES should be the foundation of both personal & business culture…think what better experiences and conversations we would be having if we all adhered to these great principles.

  2. Sherry Pfaffenberg says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this. If only more people in the “free world” could live by the 10 Driving Values, the world would truly be a better place to live. Thank God that PEP men can go out there and show their circle of people how it is done. Have you read the book, The Hundredth Monkey Theory?

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