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- Do What You Love - Tony Hawk
Tony Hawk has turned what many consider a childhood activity into a professional career. Now for Hawk, skateboarding is not only a job, it’s a means of expression and a foundation for personal belief.
- Live Your Life So That You Will Have No Regrets - Nancy Yucius
Retired teacher Nancy Yucius believes in living life so as to have no regrets. It’s a lesson she learned from her mother and one Yucius is holding on to even more now that she is battling colon cancer.
- The Gift of Kindness - David Copperfield
Magician David Copperfield makes mind-boggling illusions like walking through the Great Wall of China seem easy. But he believes simple gestures of kindness are far more valuable than any magic trick.
- The Choice to Do It Over Again - Daniel Flanagan
Daniel Flanagan was a high-school dropout in a dead-end job; a self-described loser. But when faced with the responsibility of fatherhood, Flanagan decided to change his ways and return to school. He believes we all deserve “do-overs” in life.
- Free Minds and Hearts at Work - Jackie Robinson
In 1947, Jackie Robinson pioneered the integration of American professional athletics by becoming the first black player in Major League Baseball. From a This I Believe essay recorded in 1952, he discusses his fight against prejudice.
- Finding Out What’s Under Second Base - Lex Urban
Sports teaches us many useful lessons: how to be a team player, how to handle defeat, and how excellence comes with practice. Lex Urban learned a different lesson on his Little League ballfield–one he’s carried with him to this day as an attorney.
- Peace Begins With One Person - Ivory Harlow
Working as a waitress at a Texas diner, Ivory Harlow meets all kinds of people. She believes the simple kindness and friendliness she offers to each of them brings a little bit of peace to the world.
- Seeing in Beautiful, Precise Pictures - Temple Grandin
As a person living with autism, Temple Grandin explains that she lives by concrete rules, not abstract beliefs. Without the ability to process abstract thought, she thinks in pictures and in sounds.
- Teaching a Bad Dog New Tricks
As a work-obsessed bachelor, Chicago lawyer David Buetow feared his life was empty. So he got a dog named Duncan. Now, Buetow believes that Duncan helped him grow into a better, more mature person.
- I Am Still The Greatest - Muhammad Ali
To be “The Greatest of All Time,” boxing legend Muhammad Ali says you have to believe in yourself. It’s something Ali’s parents taught him as a child, and it’s helped him through the biggest challenge of his life: fighting Parkinson’s disease.
This is a recording of an early This I Believe radio broadcast.