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Inmates encouraged to set goals and go after them

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- They're words of encouragement...

Dr. Lance Fox, who stood at the highest point in the world says, "You guys have a challenge unlike any other. You really do, right?"

"I wake up everyday and I'm stuck in this place," inmate Brett Kurth said. "I feel like I'm stuck in a rut and can't get out but I look ahead a couple years from now and it would be nice to make some changes."

...to people who may have seen rock bottom.

"This wasn't in the plan to come here," inmate Travanti Plunkett said.

Inmates at the Olmsted County Adult Detention Center heard from Dr. Fox on Thursday. He shared inspiration that sparked from his journey to the highest point in the world - Mt. Everest. His focus is on having a dream and holding on to it.

"See my kids go to school and hopefully go to college because I didn't get to do that," Plunkett said. "That's what I want to do really. Just live to see them go down that aisle and make something of themselves."

"Everyday is tough waking up. Just being in here... you're secluded from society and everybody else and you just wish you could be a better person and you know that you can be better person and that's what I want to do and who I want to be," inmate Chad Crowson said.

Some say jail is giving them the time out they need.

"It gives you time to put things back in perspective," Plunkett said. "It makes you appreciate the blessings that you are given that you take for granted once you're out in the streets."

But it's planning each step with careful footing that will determine their futures.

"Knowing that I can do a lot better than that and learning from those choices that I made," inmate Chad Crowson said.

Whether you're climbing a mountain or surviving the day, Dr. Fox says the tactics are the same.

"In climbing the worst thing to do is if you're sitting in base camp to look at the summit. That is daunting. It is two miles higher and how many days away? You need to look to the next rock," Dr. Fox said.

The inmates are given the opportunity to hear speakers about twice a year.

Attendance by the inmates was not required.They all showed up voluntarily to learn from Dr. Fox.

While Dr. Fox typically is paid for his appearances, he donated his time at the Adult Detention Center.

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