TITLE: Illogical: Saying Yes to a Life Without Limits by Emmanuel Acho
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Release Date: March 22nd, 2022
Format: Kindle Edition (256 pages) by Flatiron Books
Genre: Self-Help, Inspirational, Non-Fiction
Blurb: 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: I didn’t think the title of this book was the right one. What the author considered “illogical” behavior is actually logical and rational to me.
The author used illustrations from his own life to show how he was forced to deviate or adapt to new conditions when the aspirations and goals he was working towards no longer seemed attainable. He quotes the Bible and also shares stories about things that may have been considered failures but he coped with them and realized new goals. Honestly, with the exception of personal stories, there is nothing groundbreaking or revolutionary about this main idea presented.
The basic theme that I got from this book is that we shouldn’t be tied to one vision that we consider our life a failure if we do not achieve that specific aim. We should think big, outside the box, take risks and be flexible with our aspirations. The message here was meant to encourage and inspire. The ability to adapt is absolutely logical and necessary for survival. The title just seems like click-bait for marketing purposes, and it does the message a disservice.
*Special Thanks to Flatiron Books via Netgalley for the reading copy given in exchange for an honest review