Like many people, I enjoy reading about individuals who have overcome great difficulties to triumph over adversity. One of the great privileges of my life has been to meet extraordinary people whose strength of will, determination and sense of purpose has helped them to rise above their limitations and thrive in the face of severe problems. Their examples take away our excuses. Their efforts neutralise our habits of self-pity. Their struggles inspire us and reveal more than any words the power of the human spirit. These individuals would never consider themselves as special. They see themselves as ordinary people. Perhaps that’s the most inspiring aspect of their example; ordinary people whose efforts produce quite extraordinary results.