Troy’s Times: Newsletter December ’04

Hi Friend! Welcome to Troy’s free monthly electronic newsletter, developed for people interested in overcoming adversity, adapting to change and pushing oneself to realize their full potential. IN THIS ISSUE Feature Article: The First Time I Say My Son Following My Release An article from “The Washington Post”, in which I was featured My Products Download the 4th Chapter of my Book! See Troy Speak for FREE! Recommended Websites and Products Sign up for my affiliate program and make money now! Click here to sign up for this e-zine! Earn a large commission for recommending me as a speaker! FREE STUFF! “It is not important How we come to the events in our lives, but how we Deal with those events”- Troy Feel free to forward this issue to friends, family and associates! This week’s article: The First Time I Saw My Son Following My Release- For those of you who have heard me deliver a keynote, you know that part of my program consists of me sharing that I was released five years earlier than my projected release date. I will not go into the long and boring (although it was certainly not boring to me at the time!) details of why this happened, but I do want to share with you the experience I had with my son following this early release. When my family and I discovered that I would be released five years early we kept this bit of news from my son Eric. My release date happened to be thirteen days before Christmas of that year and my folks quickly made arrangements for Eric to come spend Christmas vacation with them. This did not raise any “red flags” for Eric as he had been doing this for the past seven and one-half years- he simply was coming to spend the holiday with Grandma and Grandpa once again. My mother, father, brother, sister and I all piled in a car and headed for Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport to meet my sons arriving flight from Iowa. My brother and I stayed four gates back from Eric’s arrival gate (me on one side of the walkway with a hat and sunglasses on and my brother on the other side videotapping the whole event) while my parents and sister went to his gate to greet him. After the standard hugs and kisses they started to walk my direction and as they did I stepped away from the wall and headed towards them. When they got near me I stepped in front of them and asked, ‘excuse me, can someone tell me what time it is please’? I could see out of the corner of my eye that my sons eyes were as big as saucers and that his mouth was wide open. My mom said “it is seven o’clock” and I said ‘ thank you’ and continued to walk away from them. After only a few feet I heard behind me my boys voice quitely saying, “that was my Daddy” My Dad said, “no Eric, that is not your
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Troy’s Times – November 1st, 2004

Hi Friend! Welcome to Troy’s free monthly electronic newsletter, developed for people interested in overcoming adversity, adapting to change and pushing oneself to realize their full potential. IN THIS ISSUE Feature Article: Why we must see changes in our Criminal Justice System An interview on WMAL, the Washington DC, ABC Affiliate, Listen Now! My Products Download the 4th Chapter of my Book! See Troy Speak for FREE! Recommended Websites and Products Sign up for my affiliate program and make money now! Click here to sign up for this e-zine! Earn a large commission for recommending me as a speaker! Subscriber opinions and impressions of this electronic newsletter as well as reader profiles FREE STUFF! “It is not important How we come to the events in our lives, but how we Deal with those events”- Troy Feel free to forward this issue to friends, family and associates! This week’s article: Why we must see changes in our criminal justice system… Let me first start by saying that I believe that our criminal justice system is the finest in the world, not perfect but it has no rivals worldwide. I broke the laws of our society and deserved to be incarcerated. Where the problem lies is in the fact that our prisons have become completely about incarceration and almost nothing about rehabilitation. I met many genuinely good men while incarcerated who simply made one mistake- lost their job, house was about to be foreclosed on, had kids to feed and simply made the mistake of introducing one individual to another and the next thing you know they are caught up in a drug conspiracy and receive a mandatory minimum thirty year sentence…good, decent family men who made one mistake. Here is where the problem begins- what do you do with this individual for the next 25 years? Do you allow the system to turn him into an animal who is destined to commit further crimes upon his release and start the revolving door? Or do you educate this individual or teach him a trade and make him a productive member of society once again? It cost $35,000.00 per year to house an inmate (and this is a conservative figure). It would cost a fraction of that to educate that same inmate. I have seen studies that show where inmates who are released with just a two year degree, an associates degree, have a re-arrest rate of just 10%. Compare this to the inmate that comes out with no college or trade and their re-arrest rate is over 60%. Do the numbers, it just makes sense. Why is this occurring? Mainly because of budget cuts that force the prisons to use what little money they do receive in the areas of security, staffing, training, etc. No vocational programs, no college classes- no chance for these inmates to succeed. What we as a society need to see is the big picture- the money that we are spending to incarcerate is in no way helping to rehabilitate. Of course I can see where the
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Troy’s Times – October 1st, 2004

Hi Friend! Welcome to Troy’s free monthly electronic newsletter, developed for people interested in overcoming adversity, adapting to change and pushing oneself to realize their full potential. IN THIS ISSUE Feature Article: It is not important How we come to the events in our lives, but….. A Washington Post article in which I was interviewed- a must read for bankers! My Products Download the 3rd Chapter of my Book! See Troy Speak for FREE! Recommended Websites and Products Sign up for my affiliate program and make money now! Click here to sign up for this e-zine! Earn a large commission for recommending me as a speaker! Subscriber opinions and impressions of this electronic newsletter as well as reader profiles FREE STUFF! “It is not important How we come to the events in our lives, but how we Deal with those events”- Troy Feel free to forward this issue to friends, family and associates! This week’s article: It is not important How we come to the events in our lives, but how we Deal with those events. Once I landed in prison it did not matter how I got there. I was where I was and there was nothing I could do about that. We can look at our past, we can reflect on it and we can learn from it but we never ever want to dwell on it and just as importantly we cannot let our past be a hindrance to our future. If we failed at something in the past does not mean that we cannot accomplish it in the future. When I bring up this point to audience members when speaking I tell them that I did not share the story of my earning two college degrees while incarcerated (both with a 4.0 GPA and placement on the Deans and President’s List) as a venue to brag or to boast, but that I share that with them to help them realize that if such a thing could be accomplished within the harsh and violent confines of a Federal Prison then absolutely anything they want to accomplish out here in the free world with all the resources that we have at our disposal can be accomplished. And just to drive home the point that it does not matter how we come to the events in our lives but how we deal with those events, how you move forward from where you are at today- I want to share a story with you about two brothers who come from the very same event but end up in such completely different places. From Australia comes a story of two brothers caught stealing sheep. The penalty for the crime was fierce. A brand of the letters “ST” was seared into each one’s forehead, forever marking them as “Sheep Thieves.” For one brother the humiliation was overwhelming. Sneaking from town to town, he became crafty and cruel. Yet he could never get away from himself, and finally he died under suspicious circumstances after years of inner torment. The other brother decided
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Troy’s Times – September, 1st 2004

Hi Friend! Welcome to Troy’s free monthly electronic newsletter, developed for people interested in overcoming adversity, adapting to change and pushing oneself to realize their full potential. IN THIS ISSUE Feature Article: Financial Aid for the Non-Traditional Student An article I wrote for Body Mind Spirit Magazine My Products Download the Preface of my book! See Troy Speak for FREE! Recommended Websites and Products Sign up for my affiliate program and make money now! Click here to sign up for this e-zine! Earn a large commission for recommending me as a speaker! Subscriber opinions and impressions of this electronic newsletter as well as reader profiles FREE STUFF! “It is not important how we come to the events in our lives, but how we deal with those events”- Troy Feel free to forward this issue to friends, family and associates! This week’s article: Financial Aid for the Non-Traditional Student… SECURING FINANCIAL AID FOR THE NON-TRADITIONAL STUDENT Troy Evans spent seven and one half years within the confines of a Federal Prison. Despite the obstacles that only prison can produce, Troy was determined that his time behind bars would not be wasted time. Education would be his saving grace. Unfortunately, his aspirations coincided with Federal Pell Grants be eliminated for the incarcerated. Undeterred, Troy set out to secure funding on his own through scholarships, grants and foundation assistance. After six months of filling out applications, writing essays, begging, pleading and selling, Troy landed his first scholarship for one class. That was a beginning, and when Troy walked out the doors of prison he carried with him two degrees, both obtained with a 4.0 GPA and designation on both the Dean’s and President’s list. Troy now wants to share with you some highlights in securing financial aid for the incarcerated · Your first attempts should be through the School or University you have chosen to attend on campus or via correspondence. Most institutions will offer some type of scholarship program/package through an alumni association, a foundation or a sponsorship group. Some people may choose to research what he is available in the form of financial aid at several different schools, making that the determinant in what school they will attend. This is first and foremost the quickest way to land a scholarship. · Apply for federal and state aid. Although the incarcerated do not qualify for either, many scholarships which you will apply for in the future require that you first exhaust these two possibilities. · Contact the Department of Commerce where you reside, as well as where the school is located. Get from them a listing of all Civic and Service clubs in their area (Kiwanis, Rotary Club, Lions, Elks, etc.) and contact these clubs individually. They often times sponsor scholarships, and more importantly they often earmark their scholarship money towards “hard luck” cases such as those incarcerated, adults returning to school, single mothers (and fathers), etc. · Associations within your area. These can be brought up easily on any search engine, and the key here is to contact the Public
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Troy’s Times – July 1, 2004

Dear Friend, Welcome to Troy’s free bi-weekly electronic newsletter, developed for people interested in overcoming adversity, adapting to change and pushing oneself to realize their full potential. IN THIS ISSUE Feature Article: Family and Friends…Nothing more important Human Resource related insight. My Products Download Chapter 2 of my book! See Troy Speak for FREE! Recommended Websites and Products Sign up for my affiliate program and make money now! Click here to sign up for this e-zine! Earn a large commission for recommending me as a speaker! Subscriber opinions and impressions of this electronic newsletter as well as reader profiles FREE STUFF! “It is not important how we come to the events in our lives, but how we deal with those events”- Troy Feel free to forward this issue to friends, family and associates! This week’s article: Family and Friends, Nothing is more important… Nothing is more important than the loved ones in our lives, and I am in particular talking about the people in our everyday lives that we often take for granted- the ones we assume are always going to be there (the ones who get a peck on the cheek as we come home from a long day and then plop our bottoms on the couch- the ones who get that same peck on our way out the door in the morning). The people that we assume are always going to be there. Well, I am here to tell you that they are not always going to be there and I did not realize how important these people were until they were taken away from me. Let these people know you love them and let them know often. Do not have regrets later, regrets later are mistakes made today! It is not WHAT we have in our lives but WHO, and we all need to ask ourselves are we spending the least time with what is MOST important? Don’t give the best hour of your day to your job- give the best hour of your day to the loved ones in your life. SOME INSIGHT INTO HR MANAGEMENT: INTERNAL PRISON: THE THEFT OF PRODUCTIVITY As a professional speaker, one of my biggest challenges is to grab the attention of my audience within the first few minutes of the presentation- grab them by the throat if you will. I do this by coming out in a suite and tie, following an introduction in which I have been described as a recent college graduate who earned both of his degrees with a 4.0 GPA and placement on the Deans and Presidents List. I am portrayed as someone who was once an honors roll student, star athlete, father and family man. Upon entering the stage I ask the audience to take a close look at my face. “This is the face, as your were just told, of a recent college graduate, a recent college graduate who earned both his degrees with the highest academic honors available. This is the face of a kind man, an honest man, a trustworthy man,
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Troy’s Times – June 15, 2004

Dear Friend, Welcome to Troy’s free bi-weekly electronic newsletter, developed for people interested in overcoming adversity, adapting to change and pushing oneself to realize their full potential. IN THIS ISSUE Feature Article: Time is our most valuable commodity Education related insight. My Products Download a FREE chapter of my book See Troy Speak for FREE! Recommended Websites and Products Sign up for my affiliate program and make money now! Click here to sign up for this e-zine! Earn a large commission for recommending me as a speaker! Subscriber opinions and impressions of this electronic newsletter as well as reader profiles FREE STUFF! “It is not important how we come to the events in our lives, but how we deal with those events”- Troy Feel free to forward this issue to friends, family and associates! This week’s article: Time is our most valuable commodity… Time is our most valuable commodity, bar none. Time is the most valuable thing we own, but it is the thing we are most often wasteful with. We cannot regenerate it, rejuvenate it or re-invent it- once it’s gone it’s gone, and I became amazed what could be accomplished in short spans of time and over longer spans of time both now and during my incarceration when I had set goals and agendas before me. I am not saying we cannot or should not have time laying in front of the television, strolling through the mall, etc.- it is about balance in our lives, but at the same time we need to have some type of time management tool in place that assures us that we are using our time as effectively as we can. For me personally, I have short and long-term goals associated with every aspect of my life- relationships, business, health and fitness, material wants, etc. And just by habit, several times each day I ask myself, ‘Troy, is what you are doing right now getting you and closer to those goals’? And if the answer is no, then I change what I’m doing, it’s that simple. I have heard colleagues tell audiences members to write their goals down on a piece of paper and put them away in a drawer. Then, thirty days later pull them out and see if they are any closer to obtaining them. Well I say that if your goals are laying in some drawer, then you are not living them or actively pursuing them. Mine are embossed, emblazoned in my mind- I am going after them each and every day. And just to help drive home this point, the importance of time, I want to share with you some different perspectives, scenarios you may have never considered surrounding the importance of time. I read this on the bulletin board in the lunchroom of a California company I once spoke at- what it said on that little white piece of paper was this: To realize the value of one year, ask the student who has failed a final exam. To realize the value of one month, as the mother
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