Hunt-Davis talked of how in 2000 at the Sydney Olympics the rowing team, with a history of not winning, were poised to win, how people didn't believe it was possible because their performance was being judged on the basis of the last 7 Olympic rowing teams. He talked about how this was not the judgement - that the true judgement needed to be based on the work he and the other members of the rowing 8 had prepared for the race.
The question that the team agree to ask with everything they did has stuck with me all these years. Will it make the boat go faster? Will it make the boat go faster? As a team they agreed that with everything the did they would ask themselves would it make the boat go faster - on the rowing machine, in the gym, going to the pub, attending family functions. Anything that they did in their life they asked that all important question, will it make the boat go faster? If the answer was no, they didn't do it. If the answer was yes, they did. That meant making sacrifices so that on that one day in September 2000 they would achieve a dream that few others before them had experienced. Winning the gold medal.
What is your boat? What are you prepared to do to be the person who sacrifices something today that others will never give up, so that you can achieve that dream in the future that others will never experience? What will make your boat go faster today? Here's a clip from Ben Hunt-Davis speaking about 'Will it make the boat go faster?'