The 1 Thing I Wish Everyone Knew About Reinvention

Craig Stanland
2 min readJan 24, 2023

The 1 thing I wish everyone knew about reinvention:

There is no silver bullet, magic formula, or one size fits all.

And anyone who tells you they’ve cracked it has cracked it for themselves.

I’ve cracked it for myself; I transformed a prison sentence into my purpose.

That was my journey; regarding your journey, consider this:

Scientists say the odds of you being born are at least 1 in 400 trillion.

Some put the figure at 1 in 400 quadrillion.

This is a mathematical way of saying — You’re incredibly unique.

Is it logical to say that your reinvention would also be unique?

That’s why there’s no silver bullet, magic formula, or one size fits all.

There is, however, a framework; there are best practices.

There are 3 ways to maximize your reinvention so you can create the extraordinary life you desire.

  • Don’t chase silver bullets and magic formulas.
  • Understand yourself, so you know what works for you and what doesn’t.
  • Work with a coach who understands your uniqueness and molds the framework and best practices around you.

A terrible coach tries to jam a square peg into a round hole.

A great coach knows their client isn’t a square peg and has no hole to fill.

They’re human beings having a human experience.

A great coach works with this knowledge so their client finds the extraordinary already within them.


I’m a Reinvention Architect & Mindset Coach and I work 1:1 with my clients to help them re-architect the life of their dreams.

My book, “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.”



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.