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WellPath Inspiration: Roger Bannister

WellPath Inspiration: Roger Bannister

“The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win.” 

– Roger Bannister

Who Is He 

Roger Bannister was the first man to run the sub-four-minute mile. After failing to medal in the 1952 Olympic Games, Bannister returned to England somewhat discouraged. Nonetheless, he resolved himself to a new goal – running the first sub four minute mile. Two years later, at Iffley Road Track in Oxford, Roger Bannister successfully realized his goal, clocking in a time of 3 minutes 59.4 seconds.

Why He Inspires Us

For years before his accomplishment there were many who believed the myth that the human body simply was not capable of running a four minute mile. No way, no how. Bannister simply didn’t listen to what people said was or was not possible, and went out and ran – and accomplished what was previously considered the impossible. Our biggest limitation is what we believe we can or cannot accomplish – we need only look as far as Roger Bannister for the reminder that self-belief can drive us to accomplish what many others might consider impossible.

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