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.
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If you want to be successful, you should be making illogical decisions. Sounds weird, right? But in this memoir and self-help guide, author and former NFL player Emmanuel Acho recounts how—amidst failures and shattered dreams—seemingly illogical decisions were what helped him move on from his athletic career and find his subsequent calling in the world of media. Acho explores how illogical choices actually have a pretty solid track record, drawing on relatable examples from movies, history, and even the Bible. We were particularly amazed to hear how the Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl with these methods. Acho’s enthused writing style feels less like a book and more like an encouraging pep talk. If you’re ready to think way outside the box, you’ll love Illogical.
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.