#76 - From Prison to Purpose - Michael Maisey, Actor, Author, Business Coach and Awesome Bloke!

Another insane episode recorded, this time with Michael Maisey, on the training floor of F45 Oxford Circus!! A week before the launch of Michael’s book, Young Offender, I got to speak with him and hear about his past and how his journey of self discovery has taken him two incredible heights.

Michael Maisey grew up during the late nineties on the Ivy Bridge Estate in Isleworth, west London. Abandoned by his father and abused by his uncle, scared and wanting to feel as if he belonged, he fell in with a local gang. He started drinking, taking drugs and shoplifting. By the time he was fifteen he was an armed robber. When a poorly planned raid on his local corner shop went wrong, he was sent to the infamous Feltham Young Offenders Institute. Michael's first stint in Feltham left him hardened.

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Assigned to the Quail Wing, home to the institute's most violent and dangerous offenders, he soon established his place in the system. Over the next five years, Michael became one of London's most wanted armed robbers. In and out of prison, he was accused of drug-dealing, assault and even attempted murder. Totally dependent on drugs and alcohol, he was subjected to a controversial detox programme which ended in a failed suicide attempt. At rock bottom, he began attending AA meetings. The story doesn’t end here!! His new book ‘Young Offender’ comes out on the 11th of July and will be an unbelievable read. This episode is awesome guys - get stuck in!

Just a few things Michael and I spoke about:

  • Michael introduces himself and gives us a brief background on his childhood background.

  • Michael tells us the circumstances that lead him in and out of Feltham’s Young Offenders institute between the ages of 15-18.

  • How getting out of Feltham at 18 only lead to a 7 year stint with alcohol abuse and how he decided enough was enough.

  • Hitting rock bottom and the mindset he had to start moving himself forward.

  • How working as a mentor in the same young offenders institutes he used to be an inmate of became a huge part of his life’s work.

  • His experience on SAS - Who Dares Wins.

  • Michael tells us about his new book - Young Offender.

  • Michael’s number one life lesson!

  • Where you can all follow Michael to see the amazing work he does. @mistermaisey