This article by Bernard Salt in The Australian yesterday made me stop and think. What does it say about our society that we don't recognise success in business and what this contributes to our country's economic growth and prosperity? Adam Goodes has been a worthy Australian of the Year but are we overlooking the contribution of entrepreneurs and business leaders in favour of our sporting heroes?
About a year ago I was listening to the radio when a news item caught my attention. An Australian businessman had died and bequeathed $3.3 billion to a foundation in support of medical research. What an extraordinary contribution to the betterment of humanity, I thought. It was the late Paul Ramsay, whom I did not know but may have met briefly some years ago. If I did meet him he was unassuming. And I do not mean that to be disrespectful to his family and associates. Quite the reverse. Usually when you meet important or successful people, you are left in no doubt about their importance or their success.