MKE Week 14 – “Row the Boat” ~ Year 2

I was born in Minnesota and love the Vikings, Twins & Gophers. The Gophers have a new coach by the name of PJ Fleck. This man is turning the organization around. This man has enthusiasm, guts, fire, intensity and unity! Let me share a little about this man’s life, and mantra.

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PJ Fleck and his wife Tracie lost their son, Colt, shortly after birth due to a heart defect. He could have continued to go down the road of despair, but instead decided to keep moving forward. Everyone takes part, in times of greatest success and the worst failures, and keeps rowing. It’s more than a motto that Fleck, and his family live by. It’s a philosophy and a way of life.

Let me explain ‘Row the Boat.’ (Never Give Up Mantra)

  1. The Oar – this is the energy you bring to your life, family, relationships and work. It is the only thing that moves the boat.
  2. The Boat – this is the sacrifice. What are you willing to give up for something you’ve never had. A lot of people want things and need thing but aren’t willing to give up certain things to get things.
  3. The Compass – this is the direction of your life. Set by the leader of your life but also who you surround yourself with. If you surround yourself with elite people, you will go and do elite things. If you surround yourself with bad people, you will get caught up with some bad situations.

See, when you row the boat, your back is to the future. Can’t see it, can’t control it. You don’t even know what’s coming. You don’t know what calm seas or that storms are ahead of you. You just continue to keep your oar in the water; present because that is the only thing you can control. You decide if you pull your oars out of the water and quit and become a failure or you continue to learn from your failing. Continue to row the boat but you’re looking at the past which is the only thing you cannot change but you can learn from. See when you row the boat everyone has to be in a straight line, everyone has to be rowing in the same direction, speed, and the same efficiency to get to point A to point B in the most sufficient fastest way possible.

Row the Boat ~ PJ Fleck (Click the link for video)

Wow!! This is very inspiration and we can all relate to failures, and our past. We have the  decision to continue to move forward and persist or stay in our past failures or disappointments.

In OG Mandino – Scroll 1, page 53: The career I have chosen is laden with opportunity yet it is fraught with heartbreak and despair and the bodies of those who have failed, were they piled one atop another, would cast a shadow down upon all the pyramids of the earth.

Yet I will not fail, as the others, for in my hands I now hold the charts which will guide me through perilous waters to shores which only yesterday seemed but a dream.

Failure no longer will be my payment for struggle. Just as nature made no provision for my body to tolerate pain neither has it made any provision for my life to suffer failure. Failure, like pain, is alien to my life. In the past I accepted it as I accepted pain. Now I reject it and I am prepared for wisdom and principles which will guide me out of the shadows into the sunlight of wealth, position, and happiness far beyond my most extravagant dreams until even the golden apples in the Garden of Hesperides will seem no more than my just reward. 

Charles Haanel 6:20The power of attention can be more readily understood by comparing it with a magnifying glass in which the rays of sunlight are focused; they possess no particular strength as long as the glass is moved out and the rays directed from one place to another; but let the glass be held perfectly still and let the rays be focused on one spot for any length of time, the effect will become immediately apparent. 

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Focus, Like Everything, Improves with Concentrated Focus


Remember, one of the ‘Seven Laws of the Mind’ is ‘The Law of Growth,’ – Whatever we think about grows. What we forget atrophies. 

Peace be Your Journey!

“Row the Boat Everybody!”

I leave you with a song by Switchfoot – Dare You to Move.

Switchfoot – Dare You to Move  (Click the link)




  1. hereinspired says:

    Really enjoyed learning about PJ Fleck’s ‘Row the boat’ analogy. 🙂


  2. nancyakin says:

    What a wonderful analogy. Keep rowing and keep believing.


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