GREATER is an inspirational movie based on the life of Brandon Burlsworth. Brandon had one dream – to play for the Arkansas Razorbacks. Unfortunately, Brandon was a clumsy player who lacked the physical prowess to make the team. He was written off by coaches and teased by his fellow teammates. Undeterred, Brandon continued to show-up for practice. He woke up before anyone else and worked harder than anyone else, until his determination paid off. Not only was he given an opportunity to walk-on and play football – he became one of the greatest players on the field, and was drafted to the Indianapolis Colts.
The film opens in theaters this August 26 and Brandon’s story reminds me that any dream is possible.
The film made me think of my own personal goals and dreams, and those of my loved ones. GREATER reminded me that sometimes, the accomplishments that we have to work hardest for are the ones we most appreciate. Not everyone who works hard will achieve the dream they have in mind, but remembering that anything is possible makes it so we all keep trying.
I teach my kids that, whether we like it or not, failure is a necessary stepping stone to building our dreams. I teach them by showing them in the way I live. They see me getting out in our new host country, speaking the language, haltingly at first, then gaining confidence and skill. They saw me go from walking on a treadmill, to running a 5k, and running nearly every day. Big or small, our dreams have merit. If we fail 100 times along the way, we are just figuring out the best way to realize them, and along the way, we can marvelously touch the lives of countless numbers of people.
Toward the end of GREATER, Brandon says, “It’s the first time in my life that something has come so easy.” His coach responds, saying that the moment was easy but it was years of hard work that led to that moment. “You are living proof that when you do the right things, good stuff happens.”
GREATER is a touching true story. Don’t miss it.
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