Troy’s Times – June 1st, 2005

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 A Recent Letter from a Client My Products with a special offer- a free audio-cassette with any order, an $11.95 value! Download the Preface 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: As I mentioned in previous articles, my son drove the first phase of my “awakening.” When I discovered that I had this power to influence Eric in a positive direction it gave me a renewed sense of hope, a sense of purpose, a belief that the next several years would be something other than just wasted time, a sense that some good could come out of my being imprisoned. For me it would be education. Education was going to be my saving grace. My child’s hope was telling me that I was still the person who had, at one time in life, had a straight A report card. I remembered how proud I had been to bring home those report cards and how proud my parents had been of me. I remembered a teacher taking me aside when I first started to go downhill and telling me that I was too good for that. And, I looked forward and knew that when I got out of prison, an ex-con and an ex-drug addict, I was going to need all the help that I could get to function in society again. Education would be the means by which I could turn a very negative situation into a life change for the positive. The bonus was that education was something my son and I could do together. I was excited and ready to get started right away, but I soon learned that I had challenges to face before I could even open my first book. While some correctional institutions offer work programs, limited vocational programs, and very limited educational opportunities, the bottom line remains that today’s institutions are based more on incarceration than they are on rehabilitation. Federal Pell grants are no longer available to either federal or state inmates, and what meager budgets most institutions are forced to work with are already overburdened with security issues, leaving little or nothing for education or rehabilitation. I have read studies stating that the re-arrest rate of individuals who come out of prison with just two years of college is at 10 percent. This compares to a rate of over 60 percent for those who
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Troy’s Times – May 1st, 2005

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 Power of a Child… An Audio clip of me delivering a keynote My Products with a special offer- a free audio-cassette with any order, an $11.95 value! 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: THE POWER OF A CHILD Sometimes the power that you need comes in small packages. For me, it was the hope of a child. Great things can be learned from children. Remember when you were a child? Did you believe that you could be anything you wanted when you grew up? When did you stop believing that? I saw hope for my future reflected in my son’s image of me. Once I caught a glimmer of that hope, I began to see it when I looked at the reflection in the mirror. He taught me that. He taught me to start believing that anything was possible again. He taught me to live my life with the hope of a child. How many times have you wanted to do something, to make a change in your life only to get bogged down with all of the reasons why it could never happen. You may say, “I want to go back and get my degree.” Then you start to hear the little voice in the back of your head. “How can I go to class around my work schedule?” “Who will watch the kids?” “I’m too old to go back to school.” And suddenly you realize you have been defeated before you’ve even picked up a course catalog. I have news for you. It wasn’t the job, the kids or the missed opportunity that defeated you. It was the little voice – the excuses that let you avoid the situation rather than dealing with it. They are the same excuses that cover up the real question – “What if I can’t?” I had listened to that little voice all of my life telling me why I couldn’t give up drugs, get a job, and love my family. “What if I failed?” “No one would hire me anyway.” “My family was better off without me.” The little voice was always with me. But, the day that I saw hope reflected in my child’s face, that little voice started getting fainter and fainter and the possibility of earning the hero status that my son had already bestowed upon me
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Troy’s Times – April 1st, 2005

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: Looking back… An Audio clip of me delivering a keynote My Products with a special offer- a free audio-cassette with any order, an $11.95 value! 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: Looking back… We all made choices to get where we are today. If we stand at the gate of change and look back, some of us can pinpoint an exact moment when things started to go wrong. For others, that moment may be blurred, and all we know is that we have spun out of control since. For me it was a little of both. How did I come to the point of robbing banks? How did I come to a time in my life where I was willing to point a gun in someone’s face and demand his or her money? I can assure you that I did not aspire to become a bank robber growing up. I did not walk into kindergarten career day and say, “When I grow up I want to spend a large chunk of my life in prison and cause my family a great deal of pain.” That was, however, the path that I chose. Believe it or not, I was once an honor role student. I played baseball and football so well that even when I was very young my coaches and parents thought I might go pro one day. I was surrounded by my teammates and friends and coaches encouraging me to do as well as I could. That was my ambition. I wanted to be a professional ball player. Then, when I was 14 years old, we moved to an entirely different city in an entirely different state and everything changed. If you’ve ever moved, you may already be familiar with some of the dynamics of making new friends. For the most part, there is an initiation process. To get in with the cool kids, you have to show them that you’re cool. To get in with the jocks, you have to be a good athlete. But, to get in with the “bad kids,” all you have to do is be bad. Had I been able to join up with a baseball or football team as soon as I moved I might never have had to make a choice about whom I was going to be. But without that
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Troy’s Times – March 1st, 2005

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: What goes around… A Letter from a recent client My Products with a special offer- a free audio-cassette with any order, an $11.95 value! 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: What goes around.. What goes around comes around, Divine Intervention, Karma, Fate – people have been naming forces behind the paths that we take for millennia. Like I have said many times before, I do not argue religious dogma, but I do want to share some truths that I have gleaned from my life’s experiences. They are based in faith. The faith that every person has a purpose and a potential that is waiting to be fulfilled and we are rewarded or schooled based on the choices that we make along that path. Think about all of the things that have happened in your life that make up who you are today. Have you ever had anything go so exactly right that you could only explain it as luck? Did you take advantage of the luck in the best way possible, or did you waste it? Have you ever had something devastating happen to you that has made you ask “Why me?” Did you find an answer to that question? Did you try? There are some children’s books that are called “Choose Your Own Adventure.” They take the reader along a plot line and then, at a key point, ask them to make a crucial decision about what they would do. Once the reader makes the decision, they turn to the page corresponding to that decision and learn their fate. That is kind of how I feel about life. There are numerous outcomes that are already written, but it is up to us to make the right choices. Let’s give it a shot. You’re Troy Evans. You move to a new town and have the choice of toughing it out until you can make new friends on the sports teams and in school, or you start doing bad things to make friends with the kids most available to you even though you know it is wrong. You chose the bad kids, turn to that page of the book and discover, oh bad luck, you will be an addict for most of your life. You get married and have a kid. Do you choose to use your family’s interventions to
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Troy’s Times – February 1st, 2005

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 Thief of Productivity and Quality in our Workforce A Product that has changed my life, and it’s not even one of mine! My Products with a special offer this month only- a free audio-cassette with any order, an $11.95 value! 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: Internal Prisons: The Thief of Productivity and Quality in our Workforce It is my belief that prison does not necessarily mean steel bars and razor wire. That we all have “prisons within ourselves”, prisons that are just as confining as the one that held me for 7.5 years. Prisoners to fears, addictions, depression, overeating, overworking, being involved in bad relationships- the list could go on and on. What does this have to do with management and our workforce? Only when we ourselves, as well as those we bring into our companies are “whole” personally can we all become better professionally. It is also my belief that these internal prisons are the number one cause of lost productivity and poor quality within our workforce. If people are worried about their relationships, their addictions, their fears, are they going to give you the best eight hours they possibly can? No, they’re going to be on the phone mending relationships, feeding addictions and being preoccupied with their fears. I encourage managers and employees to be proactive in their work, not reactive. Reactive people let the environment dictate what they do and in a sense protect them. By showing business professionals how they can become better people and what is truly important in their lives, they can then become the most they can be on the job. This can be done in several ways: 1. First and foremost create an environment where employees know that their personal lives are just as important as their professional lives. This can come in the form of the CEO making a formal announcement, a memo being sent out, etc. Bottom line is to let them know that you care about them individually and that their personal lives are tied to their professional lives and that as a company you care. 2. Offer confidential counseling. Make a counselor available to those who need to see one regarding their internal prisons. Believe me, it will be far less expensive then the price you pay for lost productivity and shoddy quality. 3. Offer
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Troy’s Times – January 1st, 2005

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: Newsday Article, March 2004 An article from “The Texas Banker”, 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! 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: Newsday, March 2004- Title: Bank Robbery Prevention Starts on the Front Lines Following a six-month crime spree in 1992, I was convicted of five armed bank robberies and served almost 8 years in Federal Prison. Now a Professional Speaker and Author, I share my past experiences with bankers to provide a look into the “mind of the enemy.” I would like to share that insight in connection with the escalating bank robbery problem in New York. Having recently read the comments of Senator Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) calling for replacement F.B.I. Agents to stem robberies, as well as state legislators considering the installation of security devices and/or creating a “separate” bank robbery charge, I can attest that none of the above will deter a would-be robber. The best deterrent is a group of alert, informed bank employees and must start with senior management support. Having met and interviewed over three hundred convicted bank robbers (as well as once being in the business myself), I discovered some common threads that most bank robbers operate under. The first being that all banks are “cased” to some extent- whether it be walking by several times to get a feel for the layout, handing a teller a ten dollar bill and asking for a roll of quarters, or sitting down with a loan officer under the guise of being interested in a loan. Employees need to be keenly aware of their surroundings- suspicious activities, customers they do not recognize or anything out of the ordinary. Write down details and descriptions, greet unknown individuals with eye contact and engage them in conversation. No potential robber wants someone to get a good look at him or her. What appears to be good customer service can also be the best method of deterring a crime or recalling details that could ultimately lead to apprehension. In addition, a male presence plays a large role in deterring a potential robber. Why choose an institution where someone may challenge them? A bank robber will always take the path of least resistance- always! If hiring a guard is cost prohibitive or not consistent with a “customer friendly” environment, make a conscious effort to hire more male tellers. At
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