The day was May 6th, 1954, in Oxford, England.
A gentleman named Roger Bannister did the impossible: he ran a mile in 3 minutes and 59 seconds. For the nine years prior to this race, the world record had stood at 4:01, and it was widely considered that crossing that barrier was outside of human ability.
In just three years after Roger set this new record, an additional THIRTEEN people completed a mile in less than four minutes.
More recently, we saw the same big hullabaloo (what a great word) years ago when Tony Hawk first landed the 900 on a half-pipe. I remember watching this live and thinking it was the greatest thing I had ever seen. Since, then another 9 people have landed the trick.
It begs the question: Was there a sudden increase in ability during the 1950s when it came to running? Are skateboarders getting faster and finding better equipment?
Or, what if it’s something else?
Today I want to talk about self-imposed limits – our capacity to realize what’s possible instead of rationalizing what’s impossible.