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Do it Anyway

In 1865 Lincoln needed a two thirds majority of Congress to pass the 13th amendment abolishing slavery.  His cabinet said he would never get the votes.  Lincoln did it anyway.

 

In 1933 Franklin Roosevelt proposed radical new government programs to pull the country out of depression.  His legal advisors said these reforms were unconstitutional and would never pass a Supreme Court challenge.  FDR pushed them through Congress anyway.

 

In 1948 Mother Theresa asked the Church for permission to create the Missionaries of Charity, an organization to care for the poorest of the poor.  The Church warned it would be too demanding and unsafe.  Mother Theresa did it anyway.

 

In 1954 Walt Disney needed the Board of Disney to approve construction of Disneyland in AnaheimCalifornia.  The Board said the project was much too ambitious, that it would likely lead to financial ruin.  Disney did it anyway.

 

In 1996 Steve Jobs returned as Apple’s CEO to find his company nearly in bankruptcy.  Friends and associates said he was foolish to go back, that the company could not survive.  Jobs did it anyway.

 

Bold moves are not reserved for the famous.  Thousands of ordinary citizens do extraordinary things everyday in spite of loud opposition from those around them.  Clangs of “it can’t be done” and “it won’t work” and “it’s a waste of time and money,” are common, followed by, “it’s better to play it safe, think smaller, and wait for just the right time.”

Fortunately for us… they do it anyway.

 

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Malcolm’s Greatest Achievement

Malcolm’s life changed the day he strolled into a Barnes & Noble looking for something to read.  On that fateful day, he met Kathy Rackley near the “Best Seller” shelf with an arm-full of books.  Thinking she might be able to help him select something interesting, Malcolm struck up a conversation. Kathy did more than help.  She offered him an invitation.  Two weeks later she introduced Malcolm as the newest member of her book club…a club of all middle-aged women, each one older than Malcolm’s mother.

 

Recently, this African-American University of Georgia football star spoke openly about his new passion for reading with a USA TODAY sports reporter. Specifically, the reporter asked Malcolm to talk about his greatest achievement, the one thing that made him most proud.  Malcolm’s response was characteristically honest.

 

“That’s easy.  I just finished the Hunger Games books in just two days.”

 

“But what about last season’s touchdown catches for the Georgia Bulldogs,” asked the reporter?

 

“I’ve been a very fortunate athlete and I love football.  But football has always come easy for me.  Learning to read was really hard.  I guess as a kid I spent too much time playing outside.”

 

What is your greatest achievement in life?  Is it what you were born to do?  Or, like Malcolm Mitchell, did it require more courage, more hard work and more determination than you ever thought possible?

 

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