Journal Entry: Scott Donald Carper-11/09/2023

Journal Entry

It’s a fascinating how often we think being clever can circumvent consequences. However, it’s important to remember that true intelligence lies in making ethical and responsible choices, even when it may seem tempting to take shortcuts.

There have been so many Instances where I wasn’t worried about things going sideways because I knew I would be able to talk my way out of whatever problem occurred. This line of thinking is arrogant and naive. There is always someone bigger, stronger, smarter than you. Expecting to win with overconfidence & talent, rather then hard work & preparation is the ultimate recipe for failure. The kind of failure that leaves lasting damage.

Going to prison reminded me that hard work can absolutely beat talent every time. Because hard work will never be out worked. I relied on talent alone for far to long….I forgot to work hard. Working in the kitchen humbled me. It also reminded me I was being lazy. Every day I work on beating the lazy out of me. That coupled with my newfound clarity has me extra focused on rebuilding my life & name.

I will never be out worked again.