Have you heard the story of Roger Bannister? People believed that a runner couldn’t complete a mile faster than four minutes. It couldn’t be done. The world is flat. A pure fact.
That is, until it wasn’t.
On May 6, 1954, Roger Bannister shattered beliefs about what is possible when he ran a mile in three minutes, 59.4 seconds.
And do you know what happened next?
About a month after he broke the record, John Landing did it again — but faster than Bannister. Three runners broke the four-minute mile during a single race a year later.
Breaking the four-minute mile clearly wasn’t just about physical fitness. Sure, that was important, but it was about something more.