As a survivor of prison, child abuse & feeling “lost in life”, Benjamin begins his story as an 8-year-old boy and takes you through a sobering journey of what it’s like to grow up inside a family torn apart by alcohol and drug abuse. Benjamin develops an over-all careless and defeated mentality towards life that eventually left him to find himself inside a West Texas maximum security prison unit. By using what he learned while in prison from reading books on spirituality and psychology and combining that with his many years as a sports nutritionist and successful fitness specialist, Benjamin David now operates an online business with his website Our Hero Within and acts as professional fitness trainer and youth mentor.
July 11th, 2018 | 2 hrs 53 mins
benjamin david, carleena angwin, coming of age, inspirational, memoir, mental health, mental health awareness, our hero within, personal development, prison system, self help, teen, the carleena show
My guest, Benjamin David (https://ourherowithin.com/) was sent to maximum security prison shortly after his 18th birthday. 14 years later, he sat across from me via Skype and told me he had needed it. He's not the same man today and only wishes his mom could have seen his transformation. Today, Benjamin is an author, youth mentor, and fitness entrepreneur.
The Carleena Show Podcast | https://carleena.net/podcast/ | Ordinary People Share Their Hero’s Journey | Hosted and Produced by Carleena Angwin | Video Editing and Graphic Design by http://stevenllorca.com/
[16:27] Take us back to your childhood and when things started to change for you as a teen.
[33:00] Describe the day you were sent away to Mexico.
[44:00] Are these U.S. kids? Where are they from?
[54:10] You were able to leave when you turned 18? Tell me about that day.
[1:01:06] What were your initial impressions of prison?
[1:24:00] When did you meet your mentor?
[1:45:00] Do you feel comfortable talking about your mom?
[1:57:00] Tell me about the birds that started to appear.
[2:09:00] “I thought maybe the world would give me a fresh start. That wasn’t the case.”
[2:15:00] “I face rejection and stress by stepping outside that door.”
[2:18:44] When did you decide that you wanted to write a book?
[2:35:00] I’m writing it for teens and young adults who are lost like I was. Maybe a parent or friend can show them my book before it is too late.
[2:38:00] What are your goals for the next few years?