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I’m fascinated by people who have done what others believed was impossible.

It was my dad who first told me about Roger Bannister breaking the 4-minute mile. This became my obsession for years, and the best I could do was a 4:03 mile. Sigh. Of course, the gift in this was that I discovered that 800 meters was my best race.

Recently, something caught my attention. The History Channel published a piece about the 3 men who escaped from Alcatraz in 1962. Instead of a tunnel boring machine (TBM) to dig a usable tunnel, they used sharpened spoons. Papier-mâché dummies occupied their beds as they floated away on a raft made from 50 raincoats.

Since the 3 men were never found, most thought they had drowned in the icy waters surrounding the prison.

Interestingly, evidence has surfaced that suggests they did survive and lived out their days in South America.

They escaped the inescapable.

No, this isn’t another episode of Prison Break, nor do Monique and I support and endorse breaking out of prison.

This caught my attention because it reminded us of the unbelievable things people in prison can accomplish in the most restrictive and confining situations.

They find a way.

They think past the prison walls.

May this be a powerful reminder that you are capable of thinking past the prison walls at work, at home, and in life.