Mission Statement

From our pretentious beginnings behind these walls… For a moment in time, we are being punished for our actions. However, we possess a unique opportunity for change, a change that will transform our lives forever. I believe I have some important life experiences to share as well as some commonality with the other Instructors/Mentors.

During lengthy discussions we concur that there seems to be a sense of unmeasured, unidentifiable power and talent that resides in the hearts and minds of the men here. Unfortunately the perplexity of it all is that few are awake and are doing something about it. Others are just aware and are allowing the moments to just pass them by. They are just walking around aimlessly and semi-conscious, as if under hypnosis, still blinded by self-images and false ideologies.

Through this platform that has been awarded through the staff members here at FCI Elkton, we hope to reach out to teach and inspire others to challenge and overcome their limitations while striving to fulfill their highest possible purpose on this earth. We plan on achieving this by providing extremely useful tools, practical guidance and teaching a trade, Real Estate Investing, through the power of Entrepreneurship. Our prayer is that all but a few will break through whatever barriers they may have encountered in the past and begin to strive to reach for higher achievement in all areas of their life. It is our wish that they receive the most fulfilling, prosperous and authentic life possible.

Finally we agree that the measure of our success is not gauged by the material possessions one acquires, but by the quality of life one leads through inspiring others along the way. Myself, Edmund Hodges and others will serve as models and mentors for this philosophy, and through this class, we pray that we are able to light the path and ignite the fires that lay dormant within.

Thank you
Inmate, Charles E. Hall Sr.

I. Summary of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (Restoring the Character Ethic)

Steven R. Covey has given us this priceless book that is based on “Paradigms, Principles and Spirituality”. It focuses on individuals who have an incredible degree of outward success, but have found themselves struggling with inner hunger, and a thirst for a spiritual awakening, while in deep need for personal congruency and effectiveness, as they strive for healthy growing relationships with other people. He has given us the difference and keen insight of “the Personality and Character Ethics.” ┬áHe’s identified Character Ethics as “the foundation of success”…things like integrity, humility, fidelity, temperance, courage, justice, patience, modesty, and the Golden Rule, (“Do unto others as you will have them do unto you”). The Character Ethics also teaches people that these basic principles of “effective living” can only help them experience true success and enduring happiness as they learn to integrate these principles into their basic characters.

As opposed to the Character Ethic, Covey explains that the Personality Ethic is more a function of personality, of public image, of attitudes and behaviors, skills and techniques that lubricate the process of human interaction, and that the Personality Ethic was the subconscious source of solutions.

Mr. Covey also informs us that the “Power of a Paradigm” (“a paradigm shift”) is essential to our understanding of the Seven Habits, and that Character Ethics and Personality Ethics are both examples of social paradigms. The word “Paradigm comes from Greek. It was originally a scientific term, and is more commonly used today to mean a model, theory, perceptions, assumption, or frame of reference. But in a more general sense, it’s the way we “see” the world, not in terms of our visual sight, but in terms of perceiving, understanding, and interpreting; or, a point in our minds when it is as though a light has been turned on.

Briefly stated, the relation between paradigms and habits is the break-through to new levels of personal and interpersonal effectiveness as we break with old paradigms while creating habits at an intersection of knowledge, skill, and desire. So now we find ourselves asking of the “bottom line” of the Seven Habits, and their essence. Well, as stated by Mr. Covey, the Seven habits are in harmony with the natural and spiritual laws of growth. They provide an incremental, sequential, highly integrated approach to the development of personal and interpersonal effectiveness. While also moving us progressively on a maturity continuum from dependence, to independence, to inter-dependence while allowing God to use us as his foundation.

That is why Habits 1, 2, and 3 in essence, deal with self-mastery. They move a person from dependence to independence. They are considered the “Private Victories,” the essence of character growth. And stamping the true process of growth from the inside-out. And once you have accomplished the “Character Base,” you can then transform to interdependence while working on the more personality-oriented “Public Victories” of teamwork, cooperation and communications in Habits 4, 5 and 6.

Habit 7 is the habit of “renewal.” It circles and embodies all the other habits. It is the habit of continuous improvement that creates the upward spiral of growth that lifts you to new spiritual levels of understanding and living each of the habits as you come around to them on a progressively higher plane which creates their synergy in relating to each other.

In closing…. The Seven Habits are habits of effectiveness, based on principles making the maximum long-term beneficial results possible. These habits also becomes the basis of a person’s character creating an empowering center of correct maps from which an individual can effectively solve problems, maximize opportunities, and continually learn.

So with that being said, “If you want to achieve your highest aspirations and overcome your greatest challenges, one must identify and apply the principles of spiritual, natural and human law”. This is what will govern the result we see.

“The 7 Habits”

Habit #1. Be proactive

Habit #2. Begin with the end in mind

Habit #3. Put first things first

Habit #4. Think win-win

Habit #5. Seek first to understand, then to be understood

Habit #6. Synergize
(“No matter how great an idea, no matter how much someone contributes, its bigger than you”.)

Habit #7. Sharpen the saw