Here John describes the low aspirations people had of him throughout his life.
TranscriptI proved a lot of people wrong. The hospital was proved wrong when they said I’d never walk, the school could only offer me milk bottle tops and a residential and I got on to further education and then I got my own job after having gone to the labour exchange, the disabled settlement officer, he couldn’t offer me anything. I found my own little job. So, I think sometimes, you know, it’s not easy but you’ve got to, you know, you just have to do your best. But nobody – my dad never found me a job. I was only eighteen, nineteen, and I did it myself. And when I think about my background and the dysfunctional family and no encouragement and being put down all my life, it’s surprising how I did what I did. And if I had the encouragement which I should have got, I probably would have done much better.
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