In 1855, Charles Westhall set the first official mile-run world record at four minutes and twenty-eight seconds.
Over the decades, as attempts to break a four-minute mile became futile, it seemed we had reached the pinnacle of human potential, an impossible feat to accomplish. That was, of course, until Roger Bannister came along in 1954 and pushed the boundaries of what was possible.
What’s fascinating, is it took nearly 100 years for the first person to break the sub four-minute mile. The second person to do it?
Because it is far easier to do things that we can imagine. Once we see the impossible enabled, once we connect the dots, a whole new world of possibility opens up to us.
There is no greater contribution we can make then to inspire those around us to reject false limits.
We are too quick to label something really hard as impossible. When in fact, "improbable" or "unlikely" are more appropriate terms to use.
[Interestingly, Bannister spent most of his training studying neurology and would only run 30 minutes a day. Not a conventional form of training for a runner but, then again, doing something that hasn’t been done before, means we have to do something that hasn’t been done before.]
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