Saturday, April 25, 2015

The Boys In the Boat

I highly recommend Daniel James Brown's The Boys in the Boat. The book was published almost two years ago, in June of 2013, but recently the COO of my firm recommended we read this book since it's a brilliant example of what it means to be on a winning team.

This book makes me realize our modern world problems are nothing compared to the hardships and problems faced in the Great Depression and in the World Wars by Americans at the time.

One quote from the book:

"...Great oarsmen and oarswomen are necessarily made of conflicting stuff - of oil and water, fire and earth.  On the one hand they must possess enormous self-confidence, strong egos, and titanic willpower.  They must be almost immune to frustration.  Nobody who does not believe deeply in himself or herself - in his or her ability to endure hardship and to prevail over adversity - is likely even to attempt something as audacious as competitive rowing at the highest levels.  The sport offers so many opportunities for suffering and so few opportunities for glory that only the most tenaciously self-reliant and self-motivated are likely to succeed at it..."

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