Mike Tyson - Undisputed Truth
Reading Mike Tyson autobiography Undisputed Truth which is a good read.
Tyson came from a poor and deprived background where he moved from home to home in New York with his mum and older brother and sister.
Tyson was a mother’s boy who slept with her until he was 15 years old, even when she had other men with her at the time.
One incident he recalls is where a long term boyfriend of his mum punched her and knocked her tooth out. She boiled some water in a pan and poured it over the boyfriend and his sister had to try and pop the skin with a needle.
Tyson was beaten, bullied and robbed a lot and started being truant from school aged 7. He started to rob houses, pick pocket, and mug people. He enjoyed being in a gang, to buy good clothes and the thrill of the crime.
Tyson has smoked weed most of his life.
Tyson was given strong medication to curb his behaviour which made him a zombie.
Whilst in a juvenile centre Tyson watched a film about Muhammad Ali and after the film Ali surprised them all by meeting them. Tyson was inspired to be like him but was not into boxing yet.
Tyson met Bobby Stewart and had to earn enough credits of good behaviour to train with him. He was winded by him and wanted to learn how to fight so he could beat people up once he left the prison.
Tyson even asked Bobby to ring his mum to tell her that he was being good but she did not believe him.
Tyson was taken to Cus and Atlas and Cus instantly said he would become the youngest heavyweight champion. When Tyson was staying at Cus house he still stole from Atlas but he overheard Cus defending him.
Do not let success go to your head and do not let failure get to your heart.