Let me introduce you to Chris Wilson – author of, “The Master Plan”.
I first learned of Chris’s remarkable story through a couple of interviews. In 2019, he published a compelling and provocative book about the challenge with and beauty of second chances.
I have limited personal experience with the criminal justice system. Chris’s story forced me to grapple with some pretty significant themes. As I told him during a Zoom meeting he joined in 2020, I vacillated between rooting for him to being repulsed by some choices he made (or were thrust upon him).
His story introduces the uninitiated to a host of topics from criminal rehabilitation to criminal justice reform to second chances for returning citizens (his term for ex-convicts).
What does this have to do with personal finances?
Chris was charged with murder and convicted to life in prison without the chance of parole in the late 90s. He was 17 at the time. Spoiler alert: he’s no longer incarcerated – as you can see from the video. His remarkable story is not so much that he’s received a second lease on life, it’s in the how.
That’s where the Master Plan comes in.
Master Plan Meets Your Money
After receiving that potentially, spirit-crushing sentence; a teenager looked beyond his current circumstances and dreamed of the possibilities. A high school dropout aspired to receive a college degree. He wanted to party on a yacht and drive a sports car. He endeavored to learn a foreign language and meet the love of his life. All this – while behind bars. Did I mention he was sentenced to exist behind bars for life?
Chris encourages readers to identify their end game. When your life is over, what legacy will you leave this world?
Before Covid19 turned our world upside down, I wrote out my end game and master plan on Feb 5, 2020. This was right after I started corresponding with Chris to get him to speak with the residents I worked with at Mercy Housing.
I found this Chris-Wilson-inspired journal entry. It contained my desired endgame and a laundry list of anything I could ever hope to accomplish.
Since the shutdowns started, I began taking Spanish lessons online. Check out #1 on my list (in no particular order). I had forgotten about this list until reviewing my annual progress against my 2020 goals.
Here’s the rest of my list.
I don’t expect to accomplish everything in one year. No. This is more of a wish list of everything I might ever want to do or try. I’m not calling it a bucket list – that makes me think of dying. A master plan makes me think of abundant living!
Since we’re still in January of 2021 and still thinking about goals (I hope), let me encourage you. Write down your endgame. Create your own master plan.
If your master plan includes making more money to pay off debt faster, I can help. Check out this opportunity available to the #teamdebtfree community.
Then, if you’re so inclined, check out Chris Wilson’s book. It’s a phenomenal story.
He was able to accomplish the vast majority of his goals on that master plan – and he started behind bars.
Compared to Chris, you probably have a headstart!