“Our cutting edge lies in the dedication and commitment which make us push ourselves to the very limit – and even beyond – of our endurance and natural talent.”
Good morning ladies and gentlemen. Allow me to share to you a story which I believe best fits this week’s corporate theme.
In the world of Athletics, more specifically track and field, it was claimed that a runner can only run the mile in 4 minutes and that’s it. It was believed that it is impossible for a human being to run the mile in less than 4 minutes thus calling this claim or belief the “four minute barrier”. It was an acknowledged limitation of a human being, in short, it was a LIMIT.
However; on May 6, 1954, the claim of the four-minute barrier was debunked by a person named Roger G. Bannister by running the mile in 3 minutes and 59.4 seconds. Yes, it was not much. But still the fact can not be ignored that he became the first man to run the mile in less than 4 minutes. Thus, making people realize that the known LIMIT has now become a myth.
The four-minute barrier has since been broken by many male athletes and in the last 50 years the mile record has been lowered by almost 17 seconds. Mr. Bannister has not only broken a record but has closed the myth of limit and opened the realm of possibilities.
And if you think that Mr. Bannister has done more than enough, think again. Roger G. Bannister even entered the world of Science by becoming a distinguished Neurologist.
With this, may we be inspired. May we have the courage to leave our comfort zones for a moment and enter new horizons. May we, even for a second, let go of the limits we have set for ourselves and embrace the reality of possibilities.
It was once said that: The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win. And I greatly hope that when we push ourselves to the limit – and even beyond – of our endurance and natural talent…we win.