AFR Capital Portrait by Andrew Quilty
How is it exactly that the swimmers have let Australia down? What will change in the lives of Australians because of the results at the Olympics? Will there be rioting in the streets? Will children starve or animals be neglected? Will the country go to ruin?
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My friend and former team mate Grant Hackett has had a challenging week, to say the least. It's easy to sit back and judge his behaviour, and by no means do I condone it, but I think I can understand some of the emotions he might be feeling right now.
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Swimming has been my life, my identity, my friendship base, my second family, my joy, my solace, my love. And this week, a career that has spanned 21 years, over two-thirds of my life, is coming to an end.
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In order to succeed in today's job market, workers need to do much more than just work hard. They need to ask themselves, what value am I adding to my organisation? And what can I deliver to the benefit or growth of the organisation in the future?
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Religion is a big part of our society, and ignoring it in schools doesn't diminish that fact. ISIS will continue to flourish in a world where misinformation and fear is propagated, leading to the marginalisation of too many young people.
Perhaps the greatest cost of being poor is that of time. Wealthier Australians can value their own time more effectively: by hiring cleaners, day care and nannies, and going to restaurants for meals.