Finding Fulfillment Beyond the 9–5 Grind: Your Hourly Blueprint to Reinvention

Craig Stanland
2 min readDec 1, 2023

Does your 9–5 leave you empty?

It doesn’t scratch the growing itch you’re feeling.

There’s no sense of purpose, meaning, or fulfillment.

Reinvention Reset:

Conduct a time audit for your workday.

Chances are, you’re not actually working 8 hours a day.

So, what are you doing in the downtime?

Surfing the web or social media, anything to distract yourself from the mundanity of your work?

Sure, it feels good at the moment, but it will never create the life you desire.

Here’s what to do instead:

Carve 1 hour a day out of your work schedule to focus on creating the life you desire.

One hour is enough time that it requires a commitment; it stands out on your calendar.

One hour embodies the saying, “Sawdust makes a pile.” An hour a day stretched throughout a life equals thousands of hours.

When used correctly, an hour is enough to create massive change in your life.

Here’s the thing:

Pursuing your goals doesn’t require 100% of your time. However, it requires 100% of your effort for the time you commit to it.


My memoir, “Blank Canvas, How I Reinvented My Life After Prison” is available on Amazon.

“Blank Canvas” is for anyone trapped in prison cells of unworthiness, inadequacy, shame, regret, and fear who want to free themselves so they can reinvent their lives with courage, purpose, meaning, freedom, and peace.

James Altucher, best-selling author of Skip the Line, Choose Yourself and Reinvent Yourself had this to say about “Blank Canvas.”

“Craig has lived a story NOBODY would ever want to live. I was riveted to each page because I kept asking myself, “How would I handle this?” and I didn’t know the answers. Craig takes us into hell, and then we ride with him on the journey back. Great story, great writing, great human being.”

I’m a Reinvention Architect & Mindset Coach. I work 1:1 with my clients to unleash their full potential and connect with their life’s calling so they can live the lives they’ve always imagined.



Craig Stanland

I write about my journey from corporate success to federal prison and finding joy, mission, meaning, and fulfillment beyond professional and financial success.