Troy’s Times – July 2008

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. (Some characters in this newsletter have been altered to keep it from being filtered out as spam) IN THIS ISSUE Feature Article… “Power and Responsibility in Prison” Read a letter from a recent client NEW PRODUCT- Training Tool for Financial Institutions DVD/CD My Products – NEW HARDBACK BOOK IS NOW AVAILABLE Join my Affiliate Program See Troy Speak for FREE! 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 Month’s Featured Article: Power and Responsibility in Prison “The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself. It is not in your environment; it is not in luck or chance, or the help of others; it is in yourself alone.” Orison Swett Marden As I mentioned earlier, 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
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Troy’s Times – June 2008

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. (Some characters in this newsletter have been altered to keep it from being filtered out as spam) IN THIS ISSUE Feature Article… “Never Easy” Read a letter from a recent client NEW PRODUCT- Training Tool for Financial Institutions DVD/CD My Products – NEW HARDBACK BOOK IS NOW AVAILABLE Join my Affiliate Program See Troy Speak for FREE! 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 Month’s Featured Article: Never Easy “If you want something you have never had, you have to do something you have never done.” Mike Murdock My son had helped me take my first step and I had found new courage to face my fears and begin building momentum, but then something happened that almost stopped me dead in my tracks, literally. Since I happened to be arrested in Denver, Colorado, I was put on trial 90 miles from the brand new Federal Correctional Complex in Florence, Colorado. The same complex that at one time held Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols. Because this new facility was opening up and because they needed bodies, this is where I was sent. And, because I was sent to FCI Florence, I was lucky enough to be situated thirty miles away from home—Colorado Springs. I was just thirty miles from my family, thirty miles from my friends, and thirty miles from the most important people in my life. Despite all of my problems, my parents had always been supportive of me in the ways that they could. They had intervened and paid for rehabilitation stays several times, forgiven me for stealing from them on countless occasions, and continued to love me even as I wore away at any faith they could have that I would ever do right. But, most importantly, they made the thirty-mile drive and continued to support me while I was going through the roughest years of my life in prison. This close proximity allowed me frequent visits, almost every weekend. This wasn’t the norm. Ninety percent of the inmates that I was incarcerated with were from different parts of the country—California, New York, Chicago, Texas, spread throughout the United States. My family’s proximity was a blessing to me, but it almost turned into a curse. Within the Federal prison system, gangs run the institutions. As the gangs go, so goes the prison. The Aryan Brotherhood, the Mexican Mafia, the Bloods, the Crips—they dictate what happens behind the walls of many Federal prisons. When some of these gang members discovered the frequency of my visits I was
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Troy’s Times – June 2008

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. (Some characters in this newsletter have been altered to keep it from being filtered out as spam) IN THIS ISSUE Feature Article… “Never Easy” Read a letter from a recent client NEW PRODUCT- Training Tool for Financial Institutions DVD/CD My Products – NEW HARDBACK BOOK IS NOW AVAILABLE Join my Affiliate Program See Troy Speak for FREE! 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 Month’s Featured Article: Never Easy “If you want something you have never had, you have to do something you have never done.” Mike Murdock My son had helped me take my first step and I had found new courage to face my fears and begin building momentum, but then something happened that almost stopped me dead in my tracks, literally. Since I happened to be arrested in Denver, Colorado, I was put on trial 90 miles from the brand new Federal Correctional Complex in Florence, Colorado. The same complex that at one time held Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols. Because this new facility was opening up and because they needed bodies, this is where I was sent. And, because I was sent to FCI Florence, I was lucky enough to be situated thirty miles away from home—Colorado Springs. I was just thirty miles from my family, thirty miles from my friends, and thirty miles from the most important people in my life. Despite all of my problems, my parents had always been supportive of me in the ways that they could. They had intervened and paid for rehabilitation stays several times, forgiven me for stealing from them on countless occasions, and continued to love me even as I wore away at any faith they could have that I would ever do right. But, most importantly, they made the thirty-mile drive and continued to support me while I was going through the roughest years of my life in prison. This close proximity allowed me frequent visits, almost every weekend. This wasn’t the norm. Ninety percent of the inmates that I was incarcerated with were from different parts of the country—California, New York, Chicago, Texas, spread throughout the United States. My family’s proximity was a blessing to me, but it almost turned into a curse. Within the Federal prison system, gangs run the institutions. As the gangs go, so goes the prison. The Aryan Brotherhood, the Mexican Mafia, the Bloods, the Crips—they dictate what happens behind the walls of many Federal prisons. When some of these gang members discovered the frequency of my visits I was
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Troy’s Times – May 2008

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. (Some characters in this newsletter have been altered to keep it from being filtered out as spam) IN THIS ISSUE Feature Article… “Awakened Within the Walls” Read a letter from a recent client My Products – NEW HARDBACK BOOK IS NOW AVAILABLE Join my Affiliate Program See Troy Speak for FREE! 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 Month’s Featured Article: Awakened Within the Walls “When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully at the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” Alexander Graham Bell Hope is a powerful thing. It has near euphoric qualities, but hope alone cannot get you to your goal. That is what I found out during the next few days. The days that I knew I was going to prison but had no idea what to expect. I had spent the last eight months waiting for sentencing in a federal detention facility while going through the trial process. “Federal Detention Facility” sounds a lot like prison, but there are a few integral differences. Within the walls of a federal prison, drugs are more easily obtained than they are on the streets. Heroin overdose is a regular occurrence, bloodshed over drug deals gone bad takes place routinely, and stemming the drug flow into the institution is a constant battle for the staff. I wasn’t ready to face that availability on my own. That eight-month period within the detention facility gave me a chance to clear my head, to think rationally, and to make a conscious decision to turn my life around without the persistent stream of drugs that the prison system would have to offer. That was the best and only leg up that the system gave me. Without the drugs, I gained clarity. With that clarity, came some of the scariest moments of my life. I had no idea what to expect when I arrived at my permanent facility. Faced with a 13-year prison sentence, I’m sure you can imagine the apprehension and fear that I felt. This was pure, unadulterated reality, no drug haze to stifle the fear. My brain cells were operating to full capacity and, for the first time in years, I knew true fear. My son had given my life value again. In the short period of time I had within the relative safety of the detention facility I went from being a suicidal drug addict to a man with too much to lose and
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Troy’s Times – April 2008

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. (Some characters in this newsletter have been altered to keep it from being filtered out as spam) IN THIS ISSUE Feature Article… “Juvenile Injustice” Read a letter from a recent client My Products – NEW HARDBACK BOOK IS NOW AVAILABLE Join my Affiliate Program See Troy Speak for FREE! 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 Month’s Featured Article: Juvenile Injustice “The person who sees what he wants to see, regardless of what appears, will some day experience in the outer what he has so faithfully seen within.” Ernest Holmes For every change, there is one pivotal point. The point where status quo is abandoned and an entirely new direction chosen. The laws of physics state that objects in motion tend to stay in motion. This applies to life changes as well. To stop or redirect that object takes power and effort just as life changes do. Reversing a trend that you have spent a lifetime building can take a great deal of power, but sometimes great power is wrapped in very small packages. May 7, 1993. To that point in my life, it proved to be the hardest day I would ever face. That was the day I stood before a federal judge and was told that I would spend the next 13 years in federal prison. The next 157 months of my life were going to be spent as an incarcerated felon. To that date, it was the hardest day of my life…but it was nothing compared to the next. May 8, 1993. That was the day that I had to call my, then seven-year-old, son Eric and let him know that his dad was not going to be available to him for a very long time. “Incarceration” is a hard enough concept for an adult to fathom. For a seven-year-old child, a third grader, it’s impossible. Eric could not even comprehend the span of 13 years. How do you understand an amount of time that is twice your age? All he wanted to know was whether he was going to be able to come spend next summer vacation with me, as had been the case the prior three years. “No Eric, you won’t be coming to spend next summer vacation with me.” Well how about the one after that Dad?” “No Eric, not that one either.” “Well for sure the one after that, right Dad?” “No Eric, not the one after that either.” After asking a few more times, he finally asked, “When do I
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Troy’s Times – February 2008

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. (Some characters in this newsletter have been altered to keep it from being filtered out as spam) IN THIS ISSUE Feature Article… “Panty Hose and a Pistol” Read a letter from a recent client My Partnership with DrugTALK…. Finally, an answer to Drug Abuse for our Young People! My Products – NEW HARDBACK BOOK IS NOW AVAILABLE See Troy Speak for FREE! 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 Month’s Featured Article: Panty Hose and a Pistol Panty Hose and a Pistol “It is not important how we come to the events in our life. What is important is how we deal with those events.” Troy Evans Pantyhose and a pistol. I am sure that neither the Hanes Corporation nor Smith & Wesson ever intended for the two to be used within the same sentence, or as the title of this book’s preface. As a former bank robber, however, these were the tools of my trade. As a professional speaker, they continue to be today. When delivering a presentation on making life changes, I start by thanking the audience for their time, and letting them know that it is both my pleasure and my honor to be there with them to share my story. I then ask them to take a close look at my face. I explain that this is the face of a loving father. This is the face of a college graduate who earned both of his degrees with the highest academic honors. This is the face of a kind man, an honest man, a trustworthy man, and a man of his word. For humor, I throw in that this just may be the face of a man who could sit them down at their kitchen table and sell them a term life insurance policy. As the chuckles die down, I again ask them to take a close look at this face. I then turn my back to the audience, pull pantyhose over my head and turn back around while leveling a replica of a semiautomatic pistol in their direction. I then ask them to take a look at my face again. This is the face of a man who, on March 20, 1992, walked into the First Tier National Bank, pointed a semiautomatic pistol at the face of the teller, and demanded all of the twenties, fifties, and hundreds—my first of five armed bank robberies committed over a six-month crime spree. Again, I ask them to please take a close look at my face. In
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Troy’s Times – January 2008

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. (Some characters in this newsletter have been altered to keep it from being filtered out as spam) IN THIS ISSUE Feature Article… “You’re as old as my mom and dad. What do you know?” Read a letter from a recent client My Partnership with DrugTALK…. Finally, an answer to Drug Abuse for our Young People! My Products – NEW HARDBACK BOOK IS NOW AVAILABLE See Troy Speak for FREE! 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 Month’s Featured Article: I’m on the Path. Now What Do I Do? “If there be any truer message of a man than by what he does, it must be by what he gives.” Robert South Never quit growing and use what you’ve learned to help others. Once you have found success in one area of your life, you will be amazed at how quickly the rest of your life can come into order. It is simply a change of attitude. When you take charge of your life and realize that the only thing that can truly hold you back is yourself, you will find that overcoming obstacles is no longer daunting and overwhelming, but simply an everyday exercise that you learn to take in stride. In fact, you might even find that the seemingly unreachable goal that you started out with, didn’t reach far enough and has merely become a stepping stone on the way to the successes that you were always too scared to even dream of. Take my life for example. I never set out to take on the role or goals that I have set today. I wanted to get off drugs, get the education that I had passed by, be the best prison dad that I could be, and try to find honest employment once I was released. First item on my list—get off drugs. That was the easy part. As I had learned in the past, the tough part was staying off of them. On the outside, everyday life had proven too stressful for me to quit using drugs, so you can’t even imagine how much I craved that release from inside the walls of FCI Englewood. But, soon the withdrawals were over and the cravings seemed to ebb. I found that I did in fact, have the strength to live life without being high, and I was able to gain a momentum of success that helped to carry me through my darkest hours, when drugs started creeping back into my mind. Now, I can honestly say that
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Troy’s Times – November 2007

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. (Some characters in this newsletter have been altered to keep it from being filtered out as spam) IN THIS ISSUE Feature Article… “What Advice Do You Have for Parents?” Read a letter from a recent client My Partnership with DrugTALK…. Finally, an answer to Drug Abuse for our Young People! My Products – NEW HARDBACK BOOK IS NOW AVAILABLE See Troy Speak for FREE! 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 Month’s Featured Article: What Advice Do You Have for Parents?   “The best inheritance a parent can give to his children is few minutes of their time each day.” M. Grundler   Every time I finish one of my presentations I am greeted by a sea of parents. Most of them are in search of the keys to keeping their children away from drugs and out of trouble. The remaining few don’t even need to speak. I can see the looks on their faces and know that they are the same looks that my parents wore so many years ago. They are wondering if it is already too late. My advice to all of them is always the same—keep an open line of communication by any means possible, make sure that your kids are fully educated on the subject, and beware of the “have to mentality” that might be making you take your eye off of that which is most important in your life. What does that mean? Let me tell you what not to do. Don’t wait until you find a joint in your kid’s bedroom and then say, “Smoking this stuff will make you stupid. You’re grounded.” Start talking to your kids about drugs early and often. I mean really early. Kids these days are exposed to drugs at a shockingly young age. I have had the benefit in my role as speaker to become involved with a program called DrugTalk.org. A visit to their website will reveal that current estimates place 84% of families with children at a moderate to high risk of drugs. And, while many parents think that their children are learning enough from the barrage of anti-drug campaigns that they see on television and hear at school, DrugTalk.org cites studies that point to one conclusive fact – nothing, including these multi-million dollar campaigns, has anywhere near the effectiveness of parental involvement through open communication. I would advise any parent to go to the site. They have a great deal of useful information and tools for both you and your kids to keep
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Troy’s Times – September 2007

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. (Some characters in this newsletter have been altered to keep it from being filtered out as spam) IN THIS ISSUE Feature Article… “How Do I Change the Unchangeable?” Read a letter from a recent client My Partnership with DrugTALK…. Finally, an answer to Drug Abuse for our Young People! My Products – NEW HARDBACK BOOK IS NOW AVAILABLE See Troy Speak for FREE! 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 Month’s Featured Article: How Do I Change the Unchangeable?   “Change your thoughts and you change your world.” Norman Vincent Peale   There is no such thing as an unchangeable situation. If there is one message that you should take with you from this article, that is it. Over the years, I have had the benefit of meeting thousands of people. Everyone has their own story. Some people describe personal tragedies, some describe situations that seem impossible to escape, and still others have become so bogged down in their life that they don’t even know how to take a first step anymore. When these people ask for advice, I tell them that there is one thing that can always be changed and that is your attitude. If you tell yourself that there is no way out of a situation over and over again, then you’ll be right. You can go through life pointing at all of the reasons that things will never change. You can lay the reasons out one after the other, point to each of them and say, “see I told you so.” In reality, however, all you’ve done is pointed out all of the excuses you’ve made to build yourself your own internal prison. I can feel the argument boiling up inside of some of my readers. The “you don’t understands” and the “you’re oversimplifying the situations” are already perched on their lips with indignity ready to spring forth. And yet I say, you can always change your attitude. The fact of the matter is, we all have things in our lives that we cannot change. We can’t for example, change the death of a loved one, things that happened to us when we where younger, or the fact that a spouse left us. But, remember what I said in past articles. “It is not important how we come to the events in our life. What is important is how we deal with those events.”   If you are going through life in misery, or things haven’t turned out the way you planned and you’re stuck
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Troy’s Times – August 1st, 2007

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. (Some characters in this newsletter have been altered to keep it from being filtered out as spam) IN THIS ISSUE Feature Article… “Why Was I Given This Article?” Read a letter from a recent client My Partnership with DrugTALK…. Finally, an answer to Drug Abuse for our Young People! My Products – NEW HARDBACK BOOK IS NOW AVAILABLE See Troy Speak for FREE! 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 Month’s Featured Article: Why Was I Given This Article?   If you have a good friend, you don’t need a mirror.   German Proverb   If you’ve been wanting to make a life change, chances are, you were given or forwarded this article by a good friend to help you take those first steps. If that is the case, I hope this helps and I’m glad that I’ve been able to touch your life in some small way. If you haven’t been planning any sort of life change and you can’t imagine why you’ve received this article, then it is probably because someone who loves you, likes you, doesn’t like you so much, works with you, etc. thinks you need to rethink the situation. Maybe they even just left it on your doorstep in a clear attempt at literary ambush. To you I say this, it might be worth taking the suggestion. It is all too common that people only see the things that they want to see and at times it can be hard to look at the things that don’t foot that bill. When I was just a few years into my prison sentence, just starting to get on a roll with my education, we had an incident in the prison. I’m not sure exactly how it started, but for some reason, a couple of members of the Mexican Mafia had a beef with one of the members of one of the black gangs (I don’t remember if it was the Bloods or the Crips and frankly it doesn’t matter). At any rate, these two guys in the Mexican Mafia jumped the other gang member and did some pretty good damage before it was broken up. A couple of days later there was a retaliation and a member of the Mexican Mafia went down. Racial tensions were out of control and everyone’s radar was tuned up extra high. It was no longer enough to simply make sure that you didn’t tick anyone off. Now there was a threat that you would become involved in something just by
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