115 | John Jackson | From Solitary Confinement to Freedom

In this episode, you will learn how John Jackson was subjected to crimes at an early age, how he became a gang member in prison, and how the “worst of the worst” found a second chance in life. 

In this episode, Darius and John talked about:

– Experiences that led John to prison at a very young age.
– Structure of prison gangs and how he became a member of one.

– The turning point that made him want to turn his back on his gang and change his life.

– The challenges and discriminations John had to face after he was paroled from Pelican Bay.
– How he stumbled upon Hustle 2.0.

Meet John:

John was introduced to a life of crime at the age of 17 by a person who promised to protect him. After serving 18 years in prison, he became entrenched in gang culture. He was locked up in one of California’s most notorious supermax prisons, Pelican Bay, as “the worst of the worst.”

His life has been transformed and now he works with gang leaders nationwide to interrupt generational cycles of violence and incarceration. Currently, John serves as the Director of Correctional Partnerships for Hustle 2.0, an evidence-based, trauma-informed curriculum used in more than 450 jails and prisons across the country. He is a co-author of ten books, a TEDx speaker, and a keynote speaker for multiple organizations advocating for second chances.

Meet Darius: 

Darius is your host of The Greatness Machine LIVE. Darius is a mad scientist, high-growth CEO, serial entrepreneur, author, conscious capitalist, speaker, and entertainer. Darius is on a quest to create 1,000,000 Core Value Driven Organization by 2030. He is calling this “The Core Value Revolution.” Darius is an alumni of the Birthing of Giants Entrepreneurial Program at MIT and Stagen Integral Leadership Program. Darius’s accolades include being ranked #9 Top Rated CEO in America on Glassdoor, has won numerous Stevie Awards, and has founded and grown organizations that have been ranked #40 in the Inc. 500 and were ranked #3 Best Places to Work By the San Francisco Business Time. He is all about the P’s: Passion, Pizza, Puzzles, and, especially, Pink Unicorns. His book, The Core Value Equation, is an Amazon #1 Best Seller and is available at www.thecorevalueequation.com.

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