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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Matador (1 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848769660
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848769663
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For a number of years people asked me if they could buy my book and I had to reply that I didn't have one.

A few years ago I teamed up with Harriet Beveridge, an Executive Coach and Stand-Up Comic and we wrote "Will It Make The Boat Go Faster".

We loved writing it and it seems as though people are loving reading it. It tells the story of my journey to win an Olympic Gold Medal and how what we learnt can be used by everyone in everyday life.

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Harriet Beveridge is an Executive Coach and Stand-Up Comic. On graduating from Oxford, she became a Management Consultant with Ernst and Young. She went on to specialise in leadership development and is now a director of an international coaching company and runs helpfulhumour.com, the coaching resource which blends comedy and personal development. Ben Hunt-Davis spent 10 years chasing the Olympic dream. He came 6th in Barcelona and 8th in Atlanta. Since winning Gold at the Sydney Olympics Ben has run a successful corporate coaching company, helping FTSE 100 companies make their 'boats go faster'. Ben is now 2012 Programme Director for the British Olympic Association.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By David Vachell on 21 Jan 2013
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I have read a very large number of books that help one to develop strategies and action plans to help one clarify and reach life and work goals. Many of them are extremely good. This book by Olympic rowing gold medal winner Ben Hunt-Davis and executive coach Harriet Beveridge is quite the best I have ever read.

Whether you are keen on sport or not, whether you have your sights set on becoming a chief exec or just an all round decent human being, the stories and ideas in this book will significantly help you on your road. Ben's stories of the effort, trials and sheer guts employed by the GB Men's Eight in reaching the top of the podium at the Sydney Olympics for the first time in nearly a century of British rowing are an emotional roller coaster that will inspire even the most exercise phobic amongst the audience. At each stage Harriet, then draws out the practical lessons that can be made use of by normal human beings to make a significant difference to their lives and the world they seek to touch. The book is so much more than a story or a recipe book for success. The messages in here will profoundly affect many who read it.

From a personal perspective, I have already made use of the inspiration and practical ideas to refocus my own goals, strategies and tactics - the proof of that pudding will be in the eating but I am grateful to Harriet and Ben for their contribution.

... and if you want a real "fix" of adrenaline and emotion that sums up this extraordinary book then check out the YouTube clip of the 8+ final at [...] and compare it with the last chapter of the book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Donald on 28 Aug 2012
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For the person with a general interest in motivational theory or interest in sports psychology then it is an interesting read.

It uses simple language and does not make an attempt to associate the experience of the Author to the technical aspects of psychology so it is a light hearted read but does not push the boundaries of the subject matter.

A personable and personal account of someone's life experience that no doubt people will be able to relate to and for some it might given them the starting point or motivation to make a change in their life.

The book has a simple messages and does not pretend to be anything that it is not.

Unpretentious but not necessarily innovative.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martin on 12 Mar 2014
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I bought this book because i was interested in reading more about this kind of thing. That is the psychology behind great victories and how our minds work. This book also had no 1* reviews so seemed promising. I will be reading this again to allow some of the ideas to sink in. There were two chapters that definitely were useful to me so i am hoping that with a second read i will be able to get much more from this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Helvetia on 15 Feb 2014
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Excellent tool for stimulating mental power for achieving goals, be that in sport or business or homel life. Can thoroughly recommend it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By kat on 15 Jun 2011
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this really is an enjoyable read! not only is this a story of dedication and sheer motivation - a totally inspiring account of how a team went on to win a UK gold medal at the olympics, but it is also extremely funny... i have enjoyed dipping into the insights offered at the end of each paragraph that give you practical and realistic tips - life skills and pointers that make you think - and offer you ways of applying some skills to your own life. An excellent read that once you start, is hard to put down. Loving it....
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Last night I finished reading ‘Will it make the boat go faster’.

I wish to compete in a bodybuilding/fitness competition but suffer a genetic skin condition which is a huge hindrance to my chances of success. The book was actually given to my boss from our CEO (I’m a PA) as a gift but seeing as he was on holiday I thought I’d take a read first! I’m so glad that I did. As I finished reading the last sentence I put it down thinking ‘my goodness what have I just uncovered?’ Not only do I now feel I have all the tools I will need to help me with my goal, I feel invincible in the face of obstacles; I know I can deal with them because of what I have learnt in this book.
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This was recommended to me by a fellow rower as well as a speaker at a student physiotherapy conference and I recommend it to absolutely anyone and everyone no matter whether you're interested in sport or not. Although it appears to be based on sporting examples , it successfully transfers such amazing achievements to real life and lays out a clear strategy for anyone to not only achieve but discover their aspirations! It really gives you the sense that you can achieve anything you really want with the right method. It has truly inspired me as I begin my career as a physiotherapist. Thankyou so so much!
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A really good read with usable, practical guidance. When I finished the book (on Kindle because it's great for highlighting key thoughts) I sought out the Olympic final on YouTube and even though I'd just read the outcome, I was still very moved by the knowing the cumulative effort it had taken to get them over the finish line. It's about a year since I read it and I've just started it again. I can heartily recommend it.
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