Ali Gordon


This week I was thinking of what had caught my attention and there was an interesting story I heard which I wanted to share.

I’m paraphrasing here but it loosely goes that before 1954 the universal belief because it had been tried and tested was that a human could not run a mile in under 4 minutes. This was the way it had been and this was the way it would always be. Then, in April 1954 Roger Bannister came along and he broke the 4 minute barrier. Now whilst this is quite commonly known, what I didn’t know (but maybe lots of people do) is that since that time over 20,000 people have done it including kids of school ages.

I found this fascinating. I’ve seen it mentioned in videos online since and they question (as you would) what changed? What happened? With the only notable thing to change being that people knew it had been done and because they knew it had been done they had the belief they could do it.

It was an interesting story to hear for understanding the power of belief and how once one person achieves something unique and of it’s kind then there tends to be more that follow with the same achievement.

This all had me wondering, do you know of any similar examples to this? What are examples of someone achieving something that seemed impossible and then suddenly became achievable for a much larger number after that one person first achieved it.

I think the other side message I n all of this is that we can have a mental block on things if we don’t see them achieved elsewhere and once we do see these things achieved elsewhere they suddenly become more attainable. It’s a good reminder that somebody has got to be the first so why not you or me.

Stay safe and take care

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