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  • Writer's pictureGoran Yerkovich

How Important is Empathy?

History was made yesterday. A great lesson was sent to us all. But the lesson has nothing to do with aces, backstrokes or unforced errors, it's about something much more important.

This is a story about a skill essential in Life, Work and Happiness.

Yesterday, a star was born. But it was over a month ago when in a single moment, she showed the world something even the announcers found unexpected...

To win at what really matters most, we must embrace one of the most underrated, under discussed, human attributes and learned behaviours called empathy.

Empathy is defined as the capacity to understand or feel what another person is experiencing from within their frame of reference, that is, the capacity to place oneself in another's position.[1]

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