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Illogical: Saying Yes to a Life Without Limits

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The former NFL player, podcast host and bestselling author of Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man writes about chasing your dreams despite the odds or limits we or others place on us. Emmanuel Acho has become a go-to guest on many shows and has the support of Oprah Winfrey through her publishing and social media platforms.

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.

ISBN-13: 9781250836465

Media Type: Paperback

Publisher: Flatiron Books

Publication Date: 01-24-2023

Pages: 256

Product Dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Emmanuel Acho picked up a football and made it to the NFL. He picked up a pen and became a New York Times bestselling author for Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man, followed by the #1 bestseller Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Boy. He picked up a microphone and won a Primetime Emmy for his groundbreaking online series, Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man, amassing more than 90 million views to date. All this by the age of thirty, because of his ability to think and act illogically. Emmanuel, the son of Nigerian immigrant parents, grew up in Dallas with his three siblings. He is a 2021 Sports Emmy winner, Fox Sports analyst (cohost of FS1’s Speak), and television personality. He is a former NFL linebacker and has a master’s degree in sports psychology from the University of Texas.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Pins or Screws? 1

1 Before the Cards Are Flipped 21

2 Childlike Faith 39

3 Don't Forget Your Earmuffs 51

4 Keep on Dreaming 69

5 I Might Be Crazy 83

6 The Battle Line 95

7 Pick It Up 109

8 The First Drop of Rain 117

9 Let the Games Begin 125

10 When the Dam Breaks 139

11 Goals Are Dumb 153

12 Still Get Out of the Boat 171

13 Scar Tissue 181

14 How the Turtle Got There 197

15 You Gotta Have "It" 213

Epilogue: The Theory of Everything 233

Acknowledgments 241