Welcome back to the second podcast in our five-part series on how Aristotle’s work can help us thrive through a government investigation. If you’re listening to this, it means you’re not a proponent of the status quo and are open to exploring different ways to navigate a government investigation. I appreciate your willingness to embrace unconventional thinking and actions in this journey.

Our team is dedicated to providing valuable insights and guidance for individuals facing government investigations. We understand that this process can be challenging, and it often feels like others are pulling the strings, leaving you feeling like a puppet. This podcast dives into the importance of challenging the status quo during a government investigation and how it can lead to better outcomes.
Aristotle’s wisdom, particularly his quote that “excellence is not an act but a habit,” is a guiding principle for us. It reminds us that true excellence comes from consistent, daily actions that force us to step out of our comfort zones.

Over time, these uncomfortable actions become as natural as breathing.

One example of stepping out of your comfort zone is the practice of public speaking. Over the last two weeks, we’ve had several clients who worked on improving their public speaking skills. They weren’t professional speakers and weren’t getting paid for it. However, they recognized the value of learning to tell their story effectively. Their efforts paid off when they spoke to business students at Mississippi State, articulating the consequences of white-collar crimes and their impact on victims. Their professor was so impressed that they even received a heartfelt letter for their sentencing judge.

Many individuals facing government investigations are primarily concerned with deterrence—ensuring others don’t follow the same path. By taking proactive steps, such as speaking to young students, you can positively deter people from crossing ethical boundaries.

However, the status quo often involves waiting passively, letting the legal system run its course, and relying on clichés like “it is what it is.”

But if any of this sounds familiar, and you’re not open to change, this podcast may not be for you. Successful individuals embrace a different path, challenge long-held beliefs, and take control of their own lives. No one will work harder on your future than you.

In my own experience, I recall how I initially resisted change during my investigation. I blamed, excused, and feigned ignorance instead of accepting responsibility and learning from my mistakes. I also indulged in unhealthy habits, such as overeating and avoiding exercise. This status quo mentality led to a longer sentence, more financial loss, and a loss of dignity.

I recently had a conversation with a woman whose husband received a 47-month federal prison sentence.

She could accept the prison sentence, but what frustrated her was her husband’s refusal to embrace change and discomfort in his post-sentencing behavior. His choices were causing strain in their relationship, and it’s a situation I wish to help others avoid.

To thrive through a government investigation, you must be willing to challenge conventional thinking, make bold choices, and prepare for moments of embarrassment and shame along the way. You learn and grow by trying, and your choices today shape your life long after being released from federal prison.

Remember, your family is watching, and they love and support you. Set a positive example by embracing change, shaking the status quo, and striving for excellence daily.

Schedule a call for more insights and guidance on your journey.

Justin Paperny