• Illogical

  • Saying Yes to a Life Without Limits
  • By: Emmanuel Acho
  • Narrated by: Emmanuel Acho
  • Length: 4 hrs and 25 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (333 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This program is read by the author.

From the New York Times best-selling 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 best-selling 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 start-up, fighting for change as an activist, or committing to a personal passion, Illogical is the go-to audiobook for all listeners 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 those we set for ourselves, with a world of possibility. Our horizons, he shows us, are endless.

A Macmillan Audio production from Flatiron Books

©2022 Emmanuel Acho (P)2022 Macmillan Audio

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Great stories, but set goals

Emmanuel Acho did a great job using a series of historical examples interwoven with his own personal experiences to create this story. Each chapter provided a specific example of how being illogical created breakthrough.

Where the book missed the mark was on the author’s experience of his failure to achieve his goals, and thus a general disdain for goal setting as a whole. The author’s goals that went incomplete were selfish and status driven. He did not take responsibility for setting goals that did not resonate with a deeper purpose or calling, as it did not seem to occur to him that was a major reason for the failure in attaining those goals. He claimed to have studied goals as a part of his Master’s thesis, and yet did not even address the SMART goal process and how his goals did or did not serve him. To me, that chapter was an opportunity for him to tell his victim story around his failed goals as some sort of vendetta. It was vastly out of place in the context of the rest of the book, and even deliberately contradicted many of the examples of success he cited in other chapters.

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Woulda been a Great book, minus race/ political BS!

Enjoyed the book when I managed to ignore the race talks… another example of an athlete that has no clue about how racism only exists because they keep it alive. They are pons in a sick game of chess… enough about black and white! We are human!

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Aspirational

While a wonderfully positive message and well-told, I would have loved Mr. Acho to get into difficult conversations about purpose and developing your “it”. This was an almost autobiographical tracking of Mr. Acho’s path to illogical success, but I was hoping for more in-depth exploration of illogical thinking from a practical sense. I’m hoping he takes his message further and has a Difficult Conversation with Our Far-Too-Logical Brains.

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Illogically good

If you like Emmanuel Acho you will like this book. The concepts were easy to understand and it was a quick read.

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Life Changing

Such a special book. I am so glad that It fell in my lap and got the chance to read it

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Speaks to the heart of entrepreneurs

I found so many reflections of Acho's journey to my own even though I'm in a completely different industries. I would recommend this to any entrepreneur that is just getting started or has been at it for years.

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Great read on Being Illogical

What a great book on being Illogical. Note that logical in the Mist of Illogical. Mmmm, what a thought to Illogical you riding with you have a logical mindset. Being Illogical means to look at it outside in. Wow, what a mind blowing book.

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Love it!!!

Oh my goodness! I love everything about this book! It’s narrated with such passion too! It real motivates you into action!

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Inspired to get out of the boat

Wow! Thank you, Emmanuel for not only the inspiration to get out of the boat, but help with steps and stories to be who each of us were created to be. Thanks again, Emmanuel!

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love this book

this was a very good and enlighting book. Thanks for letting us know we can do anything.

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  • 04-27-22

Loved it

What a gem. I really enjoyed how Emmanuel thinks and conveys his ideas. Inspired

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  • Kelley R.
  • 04-26-22

Golden!

Emmanuel Acho is undoubtedly one of the best narrators/communicators I've heard. This book is inspiring, full with gems and questions we all need to ask ourselves.

For me, it's a personal challenge to think outside the box, not accept the status quo but to think ... wait for it ... illogical.

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  • 05-18-22

A great lived experience

His experience reminds you to reach for the stars, it's just a bit light on researched examples. He's very likeable and an amazing communicator, and I loved uncomfortable conversations because it was in the moment and remains so, so relevant.