- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Defy Ventures (February 26, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0999669508
- ISBN-13: 978-0999669501
- Package Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.2 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 80 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #264,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Catherine Hoke is the inspiring founder and CEO of Defy Ventures, a non-profit that is at the forefront of changing the lives of people before and after their release from prison. She's been featured in The New York Times, Forbes and The Economist and shares her generous hustle wherever she goes.
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In "A Second Chance," Catherine shares vividly and vulnerably her experience of creating a unique community of second chancers who are committed to be known, loved, and healed. The way she outlines the Defy story is authentic, inspiring, and beautiful. For example, Catherine states, in the "Recovering" chapter, "Hurt people hurt people. We are hurt in community, and we are healed in community." Throughout the book, I felt as if having a front row seat to witness Defy EITs (Entrepreneurs-in-Training) in action. My favorite part of the book is the chapter titled "Apologies and Responsibility". The chapter delves into what it takes to apologize meaningfully and establish reaffirming relationships. The "pizza-gate" story in the chapter is one for the ages. I was naturally drawn into the stories of redemption and felt encouraged to transform with the EITs by confronting my own self-limiting beliefs and seeking more life-giving possibilities.
If you want more healing, more forgiveness, and more life-giving impact as "CEO of Your New Life," I highly recommend your reading this book and reflecting on its content. She ends her book by challenging readers to reflect and commit to their own "Generous Hustle." I look forward to reading the book again with my 12-year old son, my wife, and our close friends to make most of our second chances to be known and loved in a community.
Forgiveness is a choice.
A narrative, a posture that each of us can choose. It isn't one single act but a way to live.
We tell ourselves that we are all "human", to make ourselves feel better. But really, it doesn't last.
Because we continue to climb but the mistakes continue to stack up.
This is our fear: that we will never be good enough for love or forgiveness. That we have fallen too far out of reach. We don't deserve connection.
This fear is deeply rooted in ourselves and it is reflected in our culture. Creating a vicious cycle of shame.
The antidote is forgiveness. And after we forgive ourselves, we can extend this gift to the world, creating forward motion. Bringing us all closer together.
Cat wrote one of the most honest books I have read in a long time. Pointing out our fears, our culture of shaming, and extending this gift of forgiveness to the world. That is a lot to accomplish in 200 pages.
We all have worth. We all have something to contribute. Read this and let it change your live. Then buy another copy and share it.
Cat Hoke's book, "A Second Chance" demonstrates that even people who have committed horrible crimes can become heroes. While men and women are serving their 'time out' in prison, she teaches them how to start legitimate profit-making ventures once released. She does not just teach them the principles of entrepreneurship. She teaches them to confront their flaws in order to overcome them. She can only do this work because she, too, is a hero.
But this is not really a book about Cat or the reform and redemption of incarcerated felons. It encourages readers to define, confront, and overcome their own flaws. Cat’s disarming, blunt humor in these pages can begin your journey. But to fully understand your own potential, I recommend that you become a volunteer in one of Cat’s training sessions in a prison. My wife and I found bright lights of humanity in the unlikely location of a medium security prison in central California. We cried alongside the inmates – hard men who committed terrible crimes – with tears of uncomplicated pride during a graduation ceremony that brimmed with raw promise and hope.
This book is for heroes, and those who want to become one.
-Ted Ladd, professor of entrepreneurship at the Hult International Business, instructor of entrepreneurship at Harvard University, and advisory board member of Cat’s Defy Ventures