Miracle Speech

Here’s Josh Sacco, a four-year-old who’s memorized the inspiring pre-game speech from the USA hockey movie “Miracle.”  It’s great stuff, not only because Josh is ridiculously cute (especially when he yells “SCREW ‘EM!”), but also because he illustrates a powerful point: the neurological power of passionate repetition.

Josh has seen the movie 150 times.  But it’s not just seeing. It’s the caring–the connection of his identity to this story. As this story explains, the 1980 U.S. hockey team is an emotional touchstone for the Sacco family: the game was a crucial event in his father’s life; they’ve even visited the Lake Placid arena where the win took place. Combine that kind of passion with 150 viewings, and you build quite a fluent (not to mention entertaining) circuit.

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