Chinese Lion Dance - Barry Hayes - The Ocean Rower

Lessons from the Shaolin monks

As I drove through Manchester earlier today with a car full of disturbingly muscular Shaolin monks with their shaved heads, orange robes and associated weaponry as my passengers, I couldn’t help but take a moment to consider how I keep getting myself into these ridiculous situations.

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Misty shot of the boat - Barry Hayes - The Ocean Rower

Pen Pushers with Mental Toughness

As we wound our way further up the Seine battling the negative current, thunder, lightning, hail and everything in between, our sleep deprivation increased, our injuries more widespread, everything hurt, but mostly we laughed. Not nervous laughter, or a general tittering, but deep belly laughter all the way along which seemed to power the boat. Morale never dipped, not once.

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