Michael Putney
October 11, 2017


I would like to share my story of how I got to this moment, appearing before you today in a cap and gown. I made bad, ineffective choices, which lead me to prison. I had dreams and goals like everyone else. My dream was to become a CPA. I made it through my associate degree program; but my perceptual world was a picture of fast money, which lead me to a life of crime, and self-contamination, and a seven-year sentence.

When I was ten years old, I allowed one of my life’s situations to control who I was.  For five years, I mastered prison life. I became lost in an environment that was very negative! I was the same or worse than when I entered the prison walls.  I was blameless, bitter and angry towards others, and never took responsibility for my negative actions.

I heard about a class called Internal Empowerment, so I enrolled in it, and it changed my life.  My first class was Reality Therapy Choice Theory Overview. I took notice of the instructors, Les and RoxAnne Triché, they would become my mentor. I saw these were no ordinary teachers. They care about improving the lives of others, believing good is in everyone, they truly desire to “teach Choice Theory to the world,” including those, society conveniently forgot.

I also looked at my peers who all shared in past negative behavior. A process took place, learning began, a community formed, and a cycle was broken. We began to change our behavioral patterns. We started to take charge of our lives again! It’s funny how we have a new language, we talked about the five basic needs: survival, love and belonging, power, freedom, and fun. These words have great meaning, to enable one to become happy.

We learned the WDEP format: What do I want? What am I doing to get what I want? Evaluating my efforts to get what I want. And finally, we plan our vision. Today, I am an effective and responsible person. I make good, positive choices. I use tools and skills I learned from IE. I teach others how to meet their five basic needs. I am a listener so that I may provide knowledge when and where needed. I have finally taken charge of my life, once again.

I would like everyone to know when I graduated it was a day of growth, a day of knowledge, a day of love. For everyone to accomplish their journey, we should love ourselves enough to take charge of our lives again.

If anyone has received or taken any information that is meaningful to them, I ask you, please pay it forward, so we can say we are making a difference in the generations to come. I would like to thank Les and RoxAnne Triché for the teaching, mentoring, and time they invested into all of us.


About our company

IECAST is a 501 (c)(3), Public Benefit, non-profit organization dedicated to perpetuating productive and mindful individuals, families, and organizations. We bring this vision into reality by developing diverse, internally empowered leaders who use the principles and practices of Choice Theory® as taught through the Internal Empowerment Coaching program. Our goal is to teach individuals, families, and organizations to reframe, reorganize, and reallocate resources to become effective coaches and leaders.