Yes good writing is good writing. But using funny metaphors that are streched so think they may as well not be there at every opportunity is LAZY writing. Writing should move. It should convey something about the writer. It should take the reader somewhere the reader otherwise wouldn't have gone. That's good writing. To me, this opening paragraph doesn't really do any of that. It tells us that he has overcome adversity, but lends us nothing more than that fact. And furthermore, it's not a fact. He shows us in the paragraph that the adversity he overcomes is created only in his mind. How do we know it was adversity he overcame? Besides his telling us, where do we SEE it? It's a cliche to be sure, but "show me, don't tell me." As a reader, this intricasies (spelling ?)are what interest me, not the context.