Rediscover Your Self-Worth: Why You Need to Prioritize Joy in Your Life

Craig Stanland
2 min readNov 24, 2023

Life becomes a whole lot more fun, meaningful, and fulfilling when we give ourselves permission to do the things that we find fun, meaningful, and fulfilling.

Sounds obvious, but how many of us actually do the things we desire to do?

How many of us capitulate to:

  • Not now.
  • When I retire.
  • When I have X dollars in my bank account.

When we deny ourselves what brings us joy because of the 3 excuses above or any other reason, here’s what we’re telling ourselves.

We’re not capable now.

We’re not worthy of joy.

Do you really believe those beliefs will magically disappear when you X in your bank account?

Don’t wait to do the things you want to do.


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.