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January 21, 2007


While I’m not one to make movie recommendations this is a must see for anyone who thinks they can’t achieve the improbable. All we need to do is look at the laundry list of politicians who have declared their intentions to run for president of the United States to see that the dream is alive.

is the story of Vince Papale, a 30 year old bartender who never played college ball and made it as a walk-on with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1979. Even if you aren’t a sports fan you’ll enjoy this story as it proves that nothing is impossible. Philadelphia was coming off of one of its worst seasons when they decided to acquire a young college coach named Dick Vermeil. He quickly realized that he needed to try something different to change the attitude of his players and the fans so he held an open practice for anyone and everyone to try out. Most thought this would be a good publicity stunt and no one really thought any new talent would come from this exercise. Not only did Vince Papale make the team he became the captain of the special teams in his three year career with the Eagles!

Vince’s story shows us that nothing is impossible and supports the old adage, “nothing ventured, nothing gained.” I think if more business owners adapted this kind of attitude, we would hear about more personal success stories and corporate triumphs in the workplace.

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