I saw the movie 42 the other night.  If you are not familiar with the movie, it is the story of how Jackie Robinson became the first African-American player to play in the major leagues.  I really enjoyed the movie.  It is a really compelling story.  There were some really powerful lessons that I took away from the film.

  1. One person committed to a vision can make a real impact.
  2. Toughness is quite often demonstrated by not fighting back.
  3. Performing at a high level has a way of shutting criticism up.
  4. You pass your values on to your children whether you want to or not.
  5. There is power in having the right hero.
  6. Intentional cruelty to another person is tough to stomach.
  7. Doing something great means overcoming many hurdles, not just a few.
  8. The right spouse can make a huge difference.
  9. Your words have so much power.
  10. Seeing someone else’s trial can put your personal trial in perspective.

There is much more that could be said.  One thing is for sure – Jackie Robinson was one courageous dude, who could ball.

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