Time | 5 Pieces of Actually Decent Self-Help Advice El Chapo Is Reading in Prison

“Your value is not determined by your valuables.”


Last week, the Associated Press reported that fallen Sinaloa Cartel drug kingpin and reluctant fashion icon Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has been languishing in prison under much stricter conditions than he enjoyed during his previous stay. Whereas last time he was given Viagra and a four-hour conjugal visit every nine days, along with access to television, this time he has neither. 

Instead, El Chapo has been occupying himself doing what you’re doing right now: reading. Since his recapture in January he has reportedly—and impressively—finished Miguel de Cervantes’ Spanish-language classic Don Quixote. He has also started reading a Spanish translation of Rick Warren’s self-help book, The Purpose Driven Life.

Photo: Drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is escorted to a helicopter at Mexico City’s airport on January 8, 2016 following his recapture during an intense military operation in Los Mochis, in Sinaloa State. Mexican marines recaptured fugitive drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman in the northwest of the country, six months after his spectacular prison break embarrassed authorities.