How Craig Stanland Used a 2-Year Prison Sentence to Cultivate Inner Peace, Self-Forgiveness, And the Fine Art of Gratitude

In 2012, Craig Stanland made a choice that would cost him everything. After exploiting the warranty policy of one of the largest tech companies in the world for almost a year, the FBI finally knocked on his door.

He was arrested and sentenced to 2 years of Federal Prison, followed by 3 years of Supervised Release, and ordered to pay $834,307 in restitution. He lost his wife, his homes, his cars, his career, and even his identity. He wanted nothing more than to die.

A well-timed prison visit from his best friend of over thirty years turned his life around.

Today, Craig is a best-selling author, TEDx speaker, and Reinvention Architect. He works 1:1 with clients to empower them to break free from their self-imposed mental prisons so they can reinvent their lives with passion, purpose, fulfillment, and meaning. 

His book, “Blank Canvas, How I Reinvented My Life After Prison” is available on Amazon.

In this episode, you’ll discover:

-Learning the podcasting craft with a true master…01:30

-Craig’s vision as a writer and entrepreneur…07:37

-How to be grateful when things aren’t going very well…10:23

-Barriers to expressing gratitude…16:54

-How to teach others how to sell with integrity…22:37

-Creating a personal set of values…27:52

-The one thing that derails people’s values more often than not…36:34

-Allowing Resistance to be your muse…43:28

-Using meditation to spur the creative juices…55:38

-The critical elements of building self-trust…1:04:23

-Cultivating friendships that will empower you to reach your potential…1:09:25

-Involving the right people with your business and life…1:17:21

-What challenges Craig is going through right now…1:20:00

-The Forgiveness Journey…1:24:06

-Thoughts on forgiving others who have hurt us…1:30:48

-And much more!

Resources mentioned:


Craig’s book

Craig Stanland on The James Altucher Show

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

Do the Work, by Steven Pressfield

The Artist’s Way

The One Thing by Gary Keller

The Screwtape Letters, by C.S. Lewis

Tiny Habits by B.J. Fogg

Atomic Habits by James Clear

Books by Robert Herjavec

Make you a millionaire series on James Altucher Show:

Make You a Millionaire! James Quandahl EP01: The Skill of Interviewing

Make You a Millionaire! James Quandahl EP02: Spoke-and-Wheel Techniques!

Make You a Millionaire! James Quandahl EP03: Becoming more than an Amazon Ninja!

Make You a Millionaire! James Quandahl Ep04 :When you’re good at something, make a course out of it!

Craig’s social media handles





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