Mind Over Water: Lessons on Life from the Art of Rowing

Mind Over Water Lessons on Life from the Art of Rowing In this wise and thrilling book Criag Lambert turns rowing personal discipline modern Olympic sport grand collegiate tradition into a metaphor for a vigorous and satisfying life

  • Title: Mind Over Water: Lessons on Life from the Art of Rowing
  • Author: Craig Lambert
  • ISBN: 9780618001842
  • Page: 367
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this wise and thrilling book, Criag Lambert turns rowing personal discipline, modern Olympic sport, grand collegiate tradition into a metaphor for a vigorous and satisfying life.

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    About “Craig Lambert

    • Craig Lambert

      Craig Lambert, Ph.D is the author of Shadow Work The Unpaid, Unseen Jobs That Fill Your Day Counterpoint Press, 2015 He was a staff writer and editor at Harvard Magazine for than two decades Lambert s work has appeared in publications ranging from Sports Illustrated to Town Country to The New England Journal of Medicine He is also the author of Mind Over Water Lessons on Life from the Art of Rowing Houghton Mifflin, 1998 He graduated from Harvard College and received his doctorate, also from Harvard, in sociology.

    397 thoughts on “Mind Over Water: Lessons on Life from the Art of Rowing

    • I may get round writing something on this. In the meantime here's a nice quote:"Every act of communication involves a signal to noise ratio. The key factor is ratio: it is a matter of foreground-background. Many of us try to strengthen our communications by increasing the signal. But as media multiply and levels of signal rise higher and higher, modern society has become an unrelieved shouting match. To get attention and have one’s message clearly received, the essential is not more signal, bu [...]

    • I really really really liked this book. I have lots of things underlined, that maybe, someday, when insomnia rears its wicked head, I'll add here.Lots of passionate stuff about rowing: the physical demands on your body, the team unity, the amazing sound of the oars skimming over waterBLISS. Did you know that some coaches think stroke seat should be red haired with a strong jaw, indicating a fiery temperament, and strong will? That a good stroke is aggressive and fiercely competitive? Hmmm. Maybe [...]

    • What intrigued me: Sometimes I judge books by their cover and it works out pretty well. What I liked: This book had an interesting structure. A linear story about a specific race day interspersed with memories and musings about rowing. There are a lot of great quotes in this book about motivation, achieving your goals, and mental toughness. I also appreciated that he shared specific rowing exercises that I am going to try on my rowing machine!What I didn't like: There are a lot of $10 words in t [...]

    • Warning! Only rowers need to read on, the rest can quit as I think they wont be able to fathom the true value of this book.Lambert uses rowing as a metaphor for spiritual growth and succeeds in it. Sometimes a bit longwinded about it, but almost always spot on in his descriptions of what rowing is, not just in a physical sense, but more in a way of life and a philosophy.Rowing is a unique and sometimes for outsiders a strange sport in which great physical exertions must be made (training 9 - 10 [...]

    • This book is about rowing, as much as any book is about its setting. The real value of the book is in the learning and growth that take place within the author: he learns about accepting his limitations—and improving them. He learns about becoming a better individual—and thus a better teammate. There are some references to god and such that I find misguided, but all things considered, I really enjoyed the book.

    • A brief but well written book on rowing. Lambert touches on the technical and philosophical aspects of the sport, both from the perspective of an inexperienced Harvard freshman fulfilling a PE requirement and as a fortysomething athlete trying to meet the distinct challenges of the Boston's Head of the Charles Regatta. A thoughtful little book - enjoy.

    • Although the author is clearly a strong to do what he did, it is very uplifting to read about a regular kind of guy who stretches beyond his limits. His details about rowing were also very satisfying.

    • This book is true to its title. The author shares anecdotes from his rowing (mostly on the Charles River) and draws lessons about life from his experiences. He's a good writer and a great and curious thinker. I learned more about rowing from his explanations and also appreciated his "lessons."

    • A very well written and researched book with a very heart felt and honest outlook. He describes the rowing and it's environment beautifully with the interjection of life lessons subtle and thought provoking. Thumbs up from me.

    • Not bad for a Harvard Man. Actually, it is very well written. It would have never crossed my mind that Catching Crabs, could be a metaphor for life long lessons, as well as, team building. A great read.

    • It is indeed about rowing in an 8. Enjoy the pace and style of the book. Rowing is the amateur, untelevised sport, mostly about training. In 8s, it is also about team and synchronization.

    • Should be a must-read for all 9 in any varsity boat. Anyone could understand and appreciate this book, but I think someone in rowing might get the most out of it.

    • A meditative book about rowing, loaned to me by a friend as I began learning to balance (and row) in a scull. Not a book for everyone, but a great motivator for new rowers.

    • My dad saw this at a house sale and thought I might like it. Much description of being a middle-aged sculler among the super-competitive on the Charles River.

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