Can you pinpoint a defining moment in your life? An event that saw you change course or realise a long-held dream? For athletes, the chase for gold involves sacrifice and devotion. It is defined by years of training – 10,000 hours at least, according to Malcolm Gladwell, author of Outliers. Gladwell, who studied highly successful people, says the elite in any field don’t just work harder than other people – they fall in love with practice. What happens, then, when the game stops, the race has been run, the medals claimed? Ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Elissa Lawrence speaks with four Queensland champions about how a gold medal changed their lives. Also this week Matthew Condon profiles the man who will be sworn in as the governor of this state on July 29. Paul de Jersey’s stellar legal career would suggest that he too, has spent a good 10,000 doing what he loves.
Kylie Lang on Sunday, tomorrow in The Sunday Mail