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Personal Best: How to achieve your full potential by Marc Woods

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NINE

Prejudice

Challenging misconceptions

“Prejudice is the reason of fools.”

Voltaire

“Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilized by education; they grow firm there, firm as weeds among stones.”

Charlotte Brontë

THE CHANGING ROOM

As a swimmer you have to lay yourself bare – well, almost. Once you’re in your swimwear, there is little left to the imagination, so I very quickly got used to people looking at my artificial leg and, when I took that off, staring at my stump. Children will look straight at me, but adults tend to look out of the corner of their eye and try to hide their thoughts. Just occasionally, they let the mask slip – and you get an insight into how ...

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