Stepping Out of Our Fathers Shadow is a Key to Seizing Agency Over Our Lives

Craig Stanland
2 min readMar 14, 2023

All men stand in the shadow of their father/father figure.

It doesn’t matter if the father was massively successful, a degenerate, or absent.

The shadow they cast is long, dark, and, without doing some work — inescapable.

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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.