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A barrier is broken and suddenly everyone can do it. Roger Bannister and the four-minute mile. ...
Next came John Landy, then thousands of athletes who could do it. Tensing and Hilary Climb Mount Evererst: now they've got everything but a McDonalds Restaurant up there. Even a one-legged man has made it. Can you list a few firsts which are now commonplace?
It is not until someone breaks the barrier in the first place that the herd then realise they can follow.
That's what makes the achievement of the first so great.
Over the years one of the things I most admire about the human spirit is the way that people who say; "That's impossible, " are usually pushed out of the way by those doing it.
Thank you, Merlin. You are, of course, spot on. Thank goodness there are people who aren't so influenced by public sentiment and opinion that they refuse to follow their dream.
For a while, the Ruth/Maris 60+ home run mark was considered impossible. Then two guys (McGwire & Sosa) surpass it in one year, another (Bonds) hits 73 a few years later. Anyone in the major leagues those years were expected to hit 20+ homers.
For the record, all three have been linked to performance enhancing drugs (PEDs).
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