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Emmanuel Acho: The Power of Illogical Living

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As a woman of color, I find myself in uncomfortable situations regarding my race or sex. From being physically ignored to overlooked, I’ve found that as much as I try to love on others, sometimes the world around me is not in a space to reciprocate that love. It used to hurt my feelings at a time in my life, but now I’ve learned how to have uncomfortable conversations and extend forgiveness to those who blindly operate in ignorance. 

This week on the Redefining Wealth Podcast we’re joined by Emmanuel Acho to embrace the Illogical and learn how to create safe spaces to have Uncomfortable Conversations.  

Emmanuel Acho is a former NFL linebacker, #1 New York Times bestselling author and the host/producer of the book and Emmy Award–winning Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man, his second book, Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Boy, and his most recent book debut, ILLOGICAL. His groundbreaking online series, intended to drive meaningful dialogue around racial insensitivity and ignorance, launched in June 2020, with more than 90 million views to date, which led Emmanuel to become a 2021 Sports Emmy winner, Fox Sports Analyst (cohost, FS1 Speak for Yourself) and television personality. 

Key discussion points from this episode include:

The Power Of Uncomfortable Conversations – 5:00

Go The Way God Leads – 11:30 

What It Means To Be Illogical – 16:00  

Identifying Our Actual Fears – 18:00 

You Can Work It Out – 25:26 

You’re Too Smart For Your Own Good – 31:30 

Do The Impossible – 36:00

Connect With Emmanuel:
Illogical Book:
Uncomfortable Conversations Book:
Instagram: @emmanuelacho |

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The Power of Illogical Living Takeaways

“‘Illogical’ was my destination, ‘Uncomfortable Conversations’ was a detour.” – Emmanuel Acho 

“I don’t have the luxury to have a change of heart.” – Emmanuel Acho

“I have to go the way God leads.” – Emmanuel Acho 

“Your calling is your calling, it’s not a conference call.” – Emmanuel Acho 

“To be illogical is to believe it is so, even when it’s not so, so that it can be so.” – Emmanuel Acho

“The greatest accomplishments in life come on the other side of our logic.” – Emmanuel Acho

“We spend a majority of our life afraid of other people’s fears.” – Emmanuel Acho 

“You only have one life to live and you have to live it to your fullest potential.” – Emmanuel Acho   

“Sometimes in life, that door you think you’re knocking on isn’t a door, it’s a wall.” – Emmanuel Acho  

“I said no to the NFL, the NFL did not say no to me.” – Emmanuel Acho 

“You can work it out.” – Emmanuel Acho

Redefining Wealth Rapid Wisdom Questions

And with that, let’s dig into Emmanuel’s responses to our Redefining Wealth Rapid Wisdom Questions.

Define Success:

Define Wealth in 3 Words or Less:
“Generationally Blessing Others.” 

One Book that Has Helped You Redefined Wealth For Yourself:
Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream by David Platt

Fill-in the Blanks … “My name is ___ and the truth about wealth is ___”:
“My name is Emmanuel and the truth about wealth is it doesn’t necessarily make you happy.”
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