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  • Robin Horsfall

Are you good enough?

‘If there’s something about you that you can’t understand, something that makes you unpopular with your peers then you will develop a personality that is independent. Your isolation from friends will impose this characteristic upon you. That independence might be perceived as arrogance or petulance but it is neither - it is a protection, a defence against unkindness created by distrust and it is also a defence against loneliness. You will learn to manage without the help or the generosity of others. You'll ask no favours and unwittingly perpetuate the isolation that you desperately hope will end. Others will watch and wait for you to fail. If you stagger they will say ‘I knew he would get his comeuppance in the end'. If you don’t fail and instead succeed they will resent you for proving them wrong.’

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