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The Roger Bannister Effect

The Roger Bannister Effect: The Myth of the Psychological Breakthrough.

“The Roger Bannister Effect” is the phenomenon of one person showing others that it can be done and, thus, prompting others to believe and achieve.

The story goes that Bannister crushed the 4 minute mile mark, and allowed runners to dream of the impossible. No longer held back by this psychological barrier, swarms of runners went under the barrier.

Roger Bannister showed others that breaking the 4-minute mile barrier was not only possible, but it was a mindset. Through dedicated training and personal motivation, he changed the world and inspired others to do the same. Bannister is a leader because of his influence upon others.

What is holding you back?