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Isn't it ironic that in order to be free and successful at anything in life, you first have to put yourself in prison?

What do all inmates have? Time. It's what they do with it that matters. With that time, they can reflect on their lives and improve themselves to not make those bad choices anymore. They can also read, and exercise. This stucture is basically forced upon them because there's not much else to do, and many times, the things that are forced upon us we grow to resent. so upon release, that strcture many times isn't maintained by that individual... The only way to succeed is to learn to adopt that structure for oursleves. When we take the time to read, exercise and reflect on our lives, we instantly become better and improve our odds of success in any field.

When studying to become, say, a doctor there's a certain isolation from everyday things that you have to endure because this process takes up so much time. With that isolation, you are in fact an inmate, in a good way. The "prison" structure has been placed upon you. You don't completly live in isolation, even people in prison have contact with other inmates and get visits from family, but you do want to have this stucture, and when you do, your mind becomes the prison guard that keeps you from bad choices, and propels you to the successful completion of your goals.

I hope this makes sense to you, and helps you in whatever journey you may be on.

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    Dec 2 2011: The greatest form of control is when you think you're free when you're being fundamentally manipulated and dictated to. One form of dictatorship is being in a prison cell and you can see the bars and touch them. The other one is sitting in a prison cell but you can't see the bars but you think you're free.

    Vinnie Paz-"End of days" song

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