Illogical Saying yes to a life without limits

Emmanuel Acho

Book - 2022

"From the New York Times bestselling author of Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man, a call to break through our limits and say yes to a life of infinite possibility. You may know Emmanuel Acho as the host of groundbreaking video series "Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man." Or as a New York Times bestselling author. Or as an Emmy-winning television broadcaster. Or as a former linebacker for two NFL franchises. What you probably don't know is that Emmanuel de...fines his own life with just one word: Illogical. Behind every triumph, every expression of his gifts, Acho has had to ignore what everyone around him called "logic": the astronomical odds against making it, the risks of continuing to dream bigger or differently. Instead of playing it safe, at every turn Acho has thrown conventional wisdom--logic--out the window. Now, in this revelatory book, he's empowering us all to do the same. Whether it's creating the next groundbreaking startup, fighting for change as an activist, or committing to a personal passion, Illogical is the go-to book for all readers ready to become change-makers. With a step-by-step guide to finding our callings and shifting our mindsets, enlivened by stories from Acho's life and other illogical pioneers, Acho asks us to replace the limits set for us, and which we set for ourselves, with a world of possibility. Our horizons, he shows us, are endless"--

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Subjects
Genres
Self-help publications
Published
New York : Flatiron Books 2022.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Item Description
"An Oprah book."
Physical Description
244 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9781250836441
1250836441
Main Author
Emmanuel Acho (author)
  • Introduction: pins or screws?
  • Before the cards are flipped
  • Childlike faith
  • Don't forget your earmuffs
  • Keep on dreaming
  • I might be crazy
  • The battle line
  • Pick it up
  • The first drop of rain
  • Let the games begin
  • When the dam breaks
  • Goals are dumb
  • Still get out of the boat
  • Scar tissue
  • How the turtle got there
  • You gotta have "it"
  • Epilogue: the theory of everything.
Review by Booklist Reviews

Former NFL linebacker, Emmy–winning broadcaster, and best-selling author Acho provides a step-by-step guide advising readers on how to stop letting society's metrics or allegedly logical expectations determine their value, success, or greatness. Instead, he suggests that one should create a new path by rejecting conventional logic about life choices and thinking illogically. Once a highly logical thinker, Acho decided to stop focusing on football strategies and pour all his energy into new projects and skills. Thinking illogically helped him start a career in broadcasting and become a leading communication expert for several football executives. He later became an activist and creator of the online video series, Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man, which he turned into a book. Throughout this call for personal growth, Acho provides inspirational quotes and stories about himself and others who utilize mental and, sometimes, physical toughness to achieve their goals. Acho encourages readers to study people who work, look, and sound different from themselves, to discover new ideas, acquire new skills, step out of their comfort zones, and be brave in breaking free of old patterns that hold us back. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Booklist Reviews

Former NFL linebacker, Emmy–winning broadcaster, and best-selling author Acho provides a step-by-step guide advising readers on how to stop letting society's metrics or allegedly logical expectations determine their value, success, or greatness. Instead, he suggests that one should create a new path by rejecting conventional logic about life choices and thinking illogically. Once a highly logical thinker, Acho decided to stop focusing on football strategies and pour all his energy into new projects and skills. Thinking illogically helped him start a career in broadcasting and become a leading communication expert for several football executives. He later became an activist and creator of the online video series, Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man, which he turned into a book. Throughout this call for personal growth, Acho provides inspirational quotes and stories about himself and others who utilize mental and, sometimes, physical toughness to achieve their goals. Acho encourages readers to study people who work, look, and sound different from themselves, to discover new ideas, acquire new skills, step out of their comfort zones, and be brave in breaking free of old patterns that hold us back. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Acho (Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man), a Fox Sports analyst and former NFL linebacker, encourages readers to think illogically and reject convention in this optimistic guide. After Acho broke his thumb while playing with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2015, he made the "illogical" decision to pivot to sports media instead of returning to the NFL, and soon became the youngest national football analyst at ESPN. Pulling from his own life, from history, and popular culture, Acho gives advice on how to buck conventional wisdom, recommending that readers get comfortable with uncertainty and risk, remain open to changing their goals on the fly, follow their gut, and learn to not fear failure. For example, he uses Steve Jobs's promotion of the iPhone to illustrate the power in believing in oneself, the Wright Brothers' first flight to demonstrate how one can learn from one's predecessors, and the biblical story of Peter walking on water to extoll the virtue of being willing to act alone. While most may find Acho's suggestions unsurprising, his upbeat tone adds spunk and confidence to such self-affirming statements as "You are valuable, worthy, and beautiful." Though Acho leans on common maxims, this brims with infectious positivity. (Mar.) Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"From the New York Times bestselling author of Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man, a call to break through our limits and say yes to a life of infinite possibility. You may know Emmanuel Acho as the host of groundbreaking video series "Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man." Or as a New York Times bestselling author. Or as an Emmy-winning television broadcaster. Or as a former linebacker for two NFL franchises. What you probably don't know is that Emmanuel defines his own life with just one word: Illogical. Behind every triumph, every expression of his gifts, Acho has had to ignore what everyone around him called "logic": the astronomical odds against making it, the risks of continuing to dream bigger or differently. Instead of playing it safe, at every turn Acho has thrown conventional wisdom-logic-out the window. Now, in this revelatory book, he's empowering us all to do the same. Whether it's creating the next groundbreaking startup, fighting for change as an activist, or committing to a personal passion, Illogical is the go-to book for all readers ready to become change-makers. With a step-by-step guide to finding our callings and shifting our mindsets, enlivened by stories from Acho's life and other illogical pioneers, Acho asks us to replace the limits set for us, and which we set for ourselves, with a world of possibility. Our horizons, he shows us, are endless"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

In this thought-provoking book, the New York Times bestselling author of Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man empowers us to throw conventional wisdom out the window by asking us to replace the limits set for us, and which we set for ourselves, with infinite possibilities. 500,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

From the New York Times bestselling author of Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man, a call to break through our limits and say yes to a life of infinite possibility.You may know Emmanuel Acho as the host of groundbreaking video series “Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man.” Or as a New York Times bestselling author. Or as an Emmy-winning television broadcaster. Or as a former linebacker for two NFL franchises. What you probably don’t know is that Emmanuel defines his own life with just one word: Illogical. Behind every triumph, every expression of his gifts, Acho has had to ignore what everyone around him called “logic”: the astronomical odds against making it, the risks of continuing to dream bigger or differently. Instead of playing it safe, at every turn Acho has thrown conventional wisdom—logic—out the window. Now, in this revelatory book, he’s empowering us all to do the same.Whether it’s creating the next groundbreaking startup, fighting for change as an activist, or committing to a personal passion, Illogical is the go-to book for all readers ready to become change-makers. With a step-by-step guide to finding our callings and shifting our mindsets, enlivened by stories from Acho’s life and other illogical pioneers, and the Bible, Acho asks us to replace the limits set for us, and which we set for ourselves, with a world of possibility. Our horizons, he shows us, are endless.