RMP 070 - Cracking Shackles & Forging Freedom

Imagine facing ten years in prison, away from everyone you know and love, and without many of the conveniences we take for granted. How would you respond? Today’s guest is going through such a journey, and has become a fully realized man thru this ordeal. He adopted the learner’s mindset and put meaning to his suffering. True freedom comes from within, and can’t be taken away. Pepe details how to make this monumental shift in consciousness, and encourages us to rewrite our old stories with new, empowering meanings.


“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances.” – Victor Frankl

Show Notes:

  • Dealing with the death of a vision and overcoming extreme apathy
  • The “Jaws” moment – when everything is going fine and dandy, and suddenly the unexpected disaster happens. How do we respond?
  • The difficult times are cross roads, and offer an opportunity for great growth
  • “The willingness to sacrifice for something greater than yourself” – Pepe’s no nonsense definition of spirituality.
  • Many of us with religious backgrounds distrust the word faith. Finding our own definition can prove invaluable.
  • As soon as we step outside of the fear, we orient towards the solution.
  • “What can I learn?” – having the strength to ask that question in the face of fear or extreme circumstances
  • Don’t suffer pointlessly, find purpose and learn.
  • A warrior shows up and embraces his responsibilities
  • A free man has no choices, only commitments
  • Living from a place of inner freedom while external, practical freedoms are taken away
  • No one can take your sense of freedom or peace of mind.
  • We don’t get what we want without sacrificing something else


Connect with Pepe:

His “Preparing For Freedom” Podcast will launch when he begins serving time later this year. Follow the Rising Man social handles and we’ll let you know when it releases.