My Guru keeps giving the example of Roger Bannister (RB). In 1954, RB ran one mile in under 4 minutes.
He was the very first person to do so. His doctors had advised him before the run, that he should not go so fast, otherwise his organs would go all over the place, his body cannot take it and that he would die.
Of course, none of the warnings came to pass, and RB did indeed run the mile in under 4 minutes. What an achievement!
But funnily enough, RB was not the last. After his feat, almost every decade thereafter, someone or the other has been besting his record.
The current title is held by a Moroccan, Hicham El Guerrouj, who completed the mile in 3 mins and 43 seconds!
The actual time taken itself doesn’t matter. But it’s amazing how the human psyche works. Until someone else does it, it is considered impossible. But once it has been done, then there’s a line of people who follow it up, and even better it!
My simple learning from this, is that we don’t need to wait for anyone else. As the saying goes, even Impossible says I’m possible. And we’re each uniquely positioned to do things that no one else can (please see Mosaic Man).Leave a Comment