Shame is Prison, Vulnerability is the Key

Craig Stanland
5 min readMar 24, 2021

I was in 2 Prisons.

One Physical. One Mental.

The physical version was Otisville Federal Prison.

My mental prison, my personal hell, was the all-consuming power of Shame. Hurting the one I love, disappointing my family, letting myself down. Ignoring the voice inside that told me not to commit the fraud.

Craig Stanland

Reinvention Architect|Author|TEDx I write about my journey from the corporate world to the rock bottom of federal prison and reinventing my life.