Most of us look at prison as a place where people wind up after their life plans have failed. We look at it as the end of a story, not a beginning.
It doesn’t have to be, though.
For Wes Watson in California, the prison was the place where he developed himself. He transformed into a person who inspires millions through his YouTube channel full of life lessons as well as fitness training tips.
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Who is Wes Watson?
Wes Watson has a story like far too many people in the prison system. His crimes began at a young age when he started smoking marijuana around age 12. By the time he hit 14, he realised weed could be a way for him to make money, not spend it. That’s when he began dealing.
Over the years, Wes rose through the ranks and grew in his influence as a drug dealer. Unfortunately, as it often does, the business came with violence.
Eventually, thanks to an act of violence in retaliation for a customer’s unpaid debt, Wes was arrested. He received a laundry list of charges including assault with a deadly weapon, battery with serious bodily injury, robbery, burglary, and more. He was sentenced to ten years in prison.
Throughout this time, Wes developed himself as a person. He took the opportunity to learn life lessons that he now uses to guide and inspire people around the world.
The Lessons We Take from Wes Watson
As painful as his prison time was for Wes, it was also formative. There are countless lessons he learned along the way.
Regret is Dangerous
Some of the key messages in Wes Watson’s inspirational stories are about karmic debt. Doing things you regret turns into a vicious cycle.
When you do something you aren’t proud of, it weighs on you. That added negativity makes you more likely to do give in to a vice again and do something else you regret. This adds even more to the negativity, and the cycle continues.
Instead, Wes emphasises practising self-control and making every choice based on what will make you proud later.
Take Pride in the Process
Having goals is fantastic, but as Wes explains, true power comes from enjoying the process of earning those goals, not the rewards.
If you are working toward a goal and it doesn’t turn out the way you had hoped, you’re likely to lose focus and give up. If you learn to enjoy the hard work and self-sacrifice of working toward your goal, no circumstance will stop you.
You Can Create Who You Want to Be
For so many, the prison system turns life into a downward spiral. They’re surrounded by negativity so they start to live life with that on their shoulders. Even when they’re released, the negativity is there so they find themselves re-offended and landing back in prison.
Wes emphasises that we have the power to control our thoughts. If you train yourself to use that control and push away negative thoughts, you can be anyone you want to be.
Character Construction Paves the Way
Most motivational speakers talk about the importance of goals like physical fitness. As Wes explains, though, you need character before you can make those goals happen.
Your character is the foundation for anything you set out to do. You could have all the plans in the world but if you don’t have the discipline to follow through, your plans will fall flat.
As Wes himself shows, you can build your character any time and anywhere, even in prison.
Learning from Wes Watson’s Experiences
A prison is a place where no one wants to be, even though some people use it as a way to push forward in life. Thanks to Wes Watson and his generosity in sharing what he’s learned, we can get the benefit of that wisdom without the trauma of prison.