bbetterdaily: Sir Malcolm Campbell

Sir Malcolm Campbell broke the world land speed record on nine occasions between 1924 and 1935.

The greatest speed record chaser of all time, Sir Malcolm Campbell (11 March 1885 – 31 December 1948) was an English racing motorist who devoted his life to the pursuit of speed. Campbell set nine world land speed records and was the first human to break the 300 mph barrier.

He gained the world speed record on land and on water at various times (13) during the 1920s and 1930s using vehicles called Blue Bird. His son, Donald Campbell, carried on the family tradition by holding both land speed and water speed records.

His legacy is now serving as the theme for the new Hennessy marketing campaign (Never stop. Never settle.) And be sure to watch the making of the commercial in the 2nd video to hear what Nas has to say about Sir Malcolm as the film crew overcomes obstacles on set to get the job done.

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BBETTERDAILY: A Change of Heart

Margaret Kelly worked at a demanding nursing home and had both of her assistants call out of work one day. She could have gotten frustrated and looked at the situation as a problem. Instead, she chose to view this as an opportunity to get to know other staff members better and train them to help out with the patients. Since then, when one of her assistants can’t make it in, she doesn’t get stressed and every day at work is more pleasant because now she has more friends. This is a great example of how to turn what could be perceived as a problem into an opportunity for something greater!


Twin carries sister over the finish line in track meet

TRENTON, Ill. — Finishing last in a race never felt so good for a set of twins.

Chloe and Claire Gruenke were running in a state track meet when Chloe fell to the track in pain. Her twin sister came to her rescue and their photo finish had the crowd on their feet and in tears.

“I was running my 800 and I was trying to stay up with the pack,” Chloe said. “And then I opened up my stride too much and I felt something in my quad move and pull.”

Chloe tried to keep running, but by the time she hit the first curve of her second lap, she says it hurt too much and she fell to the track.

“I thought oh my goodness what just happened,” said Claire. “I went up to her and I said ‘Chloe are you okay?’ and she was like ‘I don’t know. Something just pulled in my leg.’”

So Claire did what came natural.

“I put her on my back, and then I started to jog. I got really tired, so I walked the rest and the crowd was just blaring in my ears. That gave me energy to at least finish it,” she said.

“And then right before the finish line she put me down and she wanted me to go first because it was my race,” Chloe said. “I didn’t want to go first. I wanted to finish with her so I pulled her with me and then we finished.”

The twins’ coach, Ted Crail, says what happened is nothing he could have taught them at the track where they train. And he says that moment was so much bigger than a track meet or a trophy.

“I’ve been coaching for 20 years. I’ve probably been to over 200 track meets. And it’s the first time I ever had tears in my eyes,” said Crail.

This was Chloe’s first time going down in a race.

“It was a little disappointing. Then I remembered I did finish, and it was a great way to finish,” she said.

“They’ve been in sports their whole lives. To be able to be an example to other people of really what’s important in sports, that made us very proud,” their father, Doug Gruenke said.

Claire says if she had to, she’d do it all over again because that’s what twins do.

And Chloe tells us her leg is much better, and they’re both looking forward to next track season.