Ithink there’s a little bit in all of us that dreams of being the best. For some of us it will be the fantasy of our cooking prowess being recognized by a Michelin Star; for others, it will be the penning of a novel that sells more than J.K. Rowling. For me, being a world-famous surgeon was high up the list. This ambition was dashed five years ago when I was diagnosed with a brain tumour. Surgeons twice needed to chop chunks out of my grey matter, ultimately forcing me to hang up my stethoscope for good. The upside of surviving the tumour has its downsides: I am told I am now less socially inhibited – speaking my mind too freely, and often being landing in hot water as a result. Brain damage rarely has a good outcome, but that’s not always the case: in this issue we read the story of ‘Jason’, a beer-swilling womaniser who was transformed into an artist and mathematics prodigy after serious head injury. Inspiration can also be found through Fitness Guru Matt Linsdell’s account of overcoming sporting injury and James Lloyd’s guide to dancing. Sceptic Guru Daryl Ilbury offers a crash course in dinner-party Latin, and our Food Guru Natasha Abagalyan explains how processed food gets infused with our favourite flavours. Read, enjoy – and be inspired. … Want to make Guru Magazine better? Join the Readers’ panel, complete a survey, and tell us what you think. We’re offering a new iPad and some great prizes for those who do. Find out more here.