A man from Kings Langley who spent his youth in and out of prison has turned his life around to run a coaching business worth $25million.
Lewis Raymond Taylor, 32, grew up in the village and was featured on the cover of KingsNews in March 2015 when he was arrested for grievous bodily harm after attacking a man at Watford Junction.
Described in the article as “boorish and violent” and a “thug”, Lewis has since made it his mission to help coach others to transform their lives.
Speaking to KingsNews, Lewis said he would like to apologise to the man he attacked but also thank him for providing the realisation to help him turn his life around.
He said: “I would just like to say sorry; I am thankful for him to allow me to have that realisation. I’m sorry he had to experience that, but since then millions of lives have been changed.
“How a boorish and violent thug could end up being of the best coaches around, using that language really helps to bring home the transformation.”
Lewis added that if he was to give a message to those who may be in a similar situation, it would be to never give up.
He said: “I had to stop blaming everything on everyone around me. If I wanted my life to change, I had to change.
“No matter how bad it gets, there is an opportunity to turn it around and I’m grateful for what happened to me; I’ve turned adversity into an asset.
“As cliche and cheesy as it sounds, I just want people to know that change is possible.”
To find out more about Lewis and his business, head to lewisraymondtaylor.com
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