Josh Irby

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Monday Motivation: Miracle

“Great moments are born from great opportunity.” In the 1980 Winter Olympics, during the height of the Cold War, the US Men’s Hockey team faced the invincible Soviets in the finals. No one believed they could win. (The Soviets had won gold for the past twenty years) No one believed they belonged in the gold […]

Monday Motivation: The Hobbit

“The world is not in your books and maps, it’s out there.” – Gandalf Sometimes, I feel like Bilbo Baggins. My life is fine the way it is. I don’t want to change. I can read about the world, why should I take any risks going out into it. That’s when I need someone like Gandalf. […]

Monday Motivation: Latipha Cross

“The greatest pleasure in life is doing things people say you can’t do. The only thing that’s better than proving everybody else wrong is proving yourself wrong.” — Latipha Cross Last September, ESPN did a feature on a high school sprinter named Latipha Cross. The short film highlights the hurdles Latipha faced on her way […]

Monday Motivation: Improbable Philanthropy

“Al wanted to be a philanthropist. Philanthropists have lots of money. Al, however, does not.” What do you do when you have an ambition but success seems improbable? Al Andrews decided not to quit on his dream. He decided not to let Bill Gates have all the philanthropic fun. He decided to become a philanthropist […]

Monday Motivation: The Long Brothers

Nine-year-old Conner and seven-year-old Cayden Long have never won a race. In fact, they always finish last. But last month, Sports Illustrated Kids voted them 2012 SportsKids of the Year. Cayden has cerebral palsy and cannot talk or walk without help. His brother Conner found a way for them to compete in triathlons together. He swims tethered […]

Monday Motivation: Kid President

When was the last time you had a pep-talk from an 10-year-old? The Kid President is on a mission to help grown-ups be less boring.  “You were made to be awesome,” he says. “Go out there and do something awesome that will make the world dance.” The youtube clips started as a fun project for […]

Monday Motivation: Coach Taylor

In honor of the Super Bowl XLVII, a football themed Monday Motivation. A few years ago, my wife and I started watching a TV show called Friday Night Lights. It is pure Texas football. In the pilot episode, Coach Taylor leads his nationally ranked Dillon Panthers into what most expect to be a State Championship […]

Monday Motivation: Tin Tin

This week I watched “The Adventures of Tin Tin” with my son. The plot unfolds like an animated Indiana Jones. Teenage reporter Tin Tin is helping the tragically drunken Captain Haddock recover the long lost gold of his ancestor, also Captain Haddock. In this scene, the trail runs cold. All seems lost. Even the intrepid […]

Monday Motivation: MLK Jr.

On April 3, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. addressed a crowd in racially divided Memphis. He was there to march in support of striking city workers, but his speech addressed much larger themes—injustice, prejudice, freedom. Today, on the holiday set aside to remember him, I give you these words to start your week. Well, […]

Monday Motivation: Winston Churchill

Last week I mentioned Winston Churchill, the great leader of Britain during World War II. He faced unmeasurable odds and an unrelenting enemy. Yet he held strong to his convictions. This week, as I face adversity and fight the pull of resistance in my life, I hope to do so with some of the same […]