‘If that’s what the best do, then I am an idiot for not taking their advice.’ MO

Up to the age of 20 you may have been forced to perform in environments where others – perhaps almost everyone – seemed better than you in academic or sporting challenges. In school sports you may have been acutely aware of this if you were one of the last to be chosen in a sports team after the best players had been shared between the two team captains. Or perhaps in mathematics there always seemed to be a ‘boffin’ in the subject who made you very aware that you were not one. At worst this can be a humiliating experience.

At school perhaps you were not able to choose your arenas of performance and so you then resolved to ...

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