I have struggled with Own the Podium since it was first introduced. Nobody wants our athletes to succeed more than I do. But I would caution that the single-minded pursuit of medals is a recipe for ultimate failure. Why? Because the goal is both artificial and superficial.
I have been watching, with increasing irritation, the flurry of criticism over Justin Trudeau's decision to accept a $20,000 speaking engagement for a charitable organization while he was a sitting MP. I would like to address the suggestion that it was somehow wrong for Mr. Trudeau to accept a reasonable fee to attempt to help a charity raise awareness and support for its cause. This notion is misguided. Indeed, it is precisely the kind of limited thinking that is hurting our philanthropic sector.
06/21/2013 01:01 EDT
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