How our environment shapes us: John McAvoy

Judging behaviour but not the person with the ex-armed robber reformed through sport in high-security prison.

Having grown up around some of the most notorious criminals in the country, McAvoy spent ten years in the UK's highest security prisons – where he had an epiphany that transformed his outlook and identity. 

McAvoy – now a Nike-sponsored Iron Man athlete – proves that a leopard can change its spots, and that while we can judge someone’s behaviour, we may want to reconsider being too quick to judge the person, because the environment we find ourselves in has a profound impact on our life choices.  

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