The Inspiring Prison Hustler, John Jackson

Learn how John Jackson transformed from an incarcerated gang leader to an inspiring prisoner reform coach with Hustle 2.0. John’s determination to succeed and natural leadership gift paved the way to a better life. In this episode, you’ll learn about the power of making the right choices. John talks about his rough upbringing, which led to him joining a gang. He also shares what motivated him to make a pivotal yet dangerous decision while incarcerated in a supermax prison. Listen to his incredible story of courage and transformation. Then, choose one action below to instill some of John’s invaluable lessons into your toolbox for success.


Action Principles 


Pick one to do this week


  1. Recognize that you have a choice. No matter what your circumstances are, you always have a choice. Every choice has consequences or benefits. ACTION: Make the right choice, even if it’s difficult at first.
  2. Use your time wisely. We all have the same 24 hours each day. How we use it will determine our success. ACTION: Ask yourself, “What’s something I can do today that’s a little bit more than I did yesterday?” Schedule time to do it.
  3. Face your challenge. Rather than using it as an excuse to give up, look at a challenge as an opportunity for growth. ACTION: Decide on one action you can take to work on overcoming a challenge in your life and schedule it in your calendar.
  4. Be forgiving. Forgive yourself or someone else that has wronged you. Be brave enough to forgive and move forward. ACTION: Forgive the person that wronged you and let go of the anger that’s holding you back from being happy and successful in life.


Guest Resources


You can keep up with John Jackson by following him on LinkedIn. If you’d like to support his life-changing work, you can learn more at Hustle 2.0


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