The Chartered Accountant qualification is a remarkable enabler. Once you have it, you can do just about anything. In my career I've been a financial manager, partner in an international accounting firm, a university lecturer, international conference speaker and a banker.

Now in my retirement years I write articles and books in my areas of professional interest.

I also publish a monthly magazine for retired people called The Circle. The content varies from month to month and covers general interest topics including local and foreign travel, South African stories, famous people, book reviews, music, food and drink. Articles from The Circle can be seen on my blog page, and you will find the illustrated magazine version, at issuu.com/johnstretch.

I invite you to browse my website to see my output. My work has been published by Microsoft and in travel magazines, company newsletters, professional websites, local newspapers and business school journals.  My articles can be found on my blog page


THE MIRACLE MILE


The Tokyo Olympics this month saw the introduction of skateboarding, sport climbing, surfing and karate, and the return of baseball and softball. But one of the best-known sporting events has never featured on an Olympic programme. It is the mile.

Medical student Roger Bannister ran the first ever sub-4-minute mile on 6 May 1954 at Oxford University's Iffley Road Track. Most of us of a certain age are familiar with the story. Before Bannister’s run, many people thought a sub-four-minute mile was impossible. But Bannister felt this was a myth cooked up by sportswriters.

After he broke the record in 3 minutes 59.4 seconds, other runners realised it could be done. Just 46 days later Bannister's record was in turn broken by his great rival John Landy of Australia, with a time of 3 min 57.9 s. A year later, three runners ran four-minute miles in a single race.  By the end of 1978, over 200 runners had broken the once impossible barrier of the four-minute mile.

The famous story has been told ever since by sports coaches and motivational speakers to warn against self-limiting belief systems.

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