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John Richardson
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Book Description

20 May 2009
Meet John Richardson. A typical weekend golfer who enjoyed the game but couldn't break one hundred. Married. One seven-year old daughter. Full-time job. But he differed from the average 24-handicapper in one crucial way. He was determined to break par within a year at the local golf course, while working in a demanding full-time job and trying his best to remain a good husband and father. Virtually everyone he came across told him that it wasn't possible. Sam Torrance advises John to 'dream on' and Darren Clarke tells him that three years would be a more realistic time frame. Add to the mix a range of golfing injuries, family responsibilities and a rigorous working schedule, and you can understand why there were so many doubters. Dream On is the story of how John achieved the seemingly impossible - from how the initial challenge took shape and the methods he used to dramatically improve his game to that glorious day, less than one year later, when he broke par and played the best round of his life.

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  • Paperback: 202 pages
  • Publisher: Blackstaff Press Ltd (20 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0856408417
  • ISBN-13: 978-0856408410
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.6 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

John Richardson is a writer, speaker and entrepreneur from Northern Ireland.

He is the author of two books on starting and running coffee shops.

Additionally John Wrote the international best selling golf book - Dream On. This is the story of his one year challenge to break par at golf.


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'Well done young man!' --Sam Torrance, BBC commentary during the Open at Turnberry

'Best sports book for Christmas' --The Independent

While the overwhelming majority of us would be content with the occasional miracle in a thousand efforts, the author went after 70 of them. Consecutively. Yes, the Ulsterman made it his mission to go from being unable to break 100, to breaking par in the space of a year. And not only that, but the self-avowed slob in his late thirties would do so while holding down a full-time job as well as bringing up a family. As Sam Torrance said when he heard of the project, 'Dream On!'. Thus the Scot gave Richardson his title, if not some extra incentive. --James Corrigan, Golf Correspondent, The Independent

'For golfers [John's] achievement is already being marvelled at and studiously picked over for any nugget of information that will help them improve. But whether you are a golfer or not, John's story is a lesson for life. It may be the cliche of all cliches but if you believe in something and work hard for it, then you can achieve it.' --Irish Times

While the overwhelming majority of us would be content with the occasional miracle in a thousand efforts, the author went after 70 of them. Consecutively. Yes, the Ulsterman made it his mission to go from being unable to break 100, to breaking par in the space of a year. And not only that, but the self-avowed slob in his late thirties would do so while holding down a full-time job as well as bringing up a family. As Sam Torrance said when he heard of the project, 'Dream On!'. Thus the Scot gave Richardson his title, if not some extra incentive. --James Corrigan, Golf Correspondent, The Independent

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'For golfers [John's] achievement is already being marvelled at and studiously picked over for any nugget of information that will help them improve. But whether you are a golfer or not, John's story is a lesson for life. It may be the cliche of all cliches but if you believe in something and work hard for it, then you can achieve it.'

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56 of 60 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Length: 1:26 Mins
How many of us have dreamt of playing just one round of par golf or better, when the reality is that we are barely struggling to break 90 or 100. Well John Richardson didn't just dream about it, he actually went out there and did it!

In Dream on: The Challenge to Break Par in a Year John gives an honest account of the period during which he devoted himself to the highs and lows of trying to break par. It's awe-inspiring to read about John's rollercoaster ride throughout the 12 months of this golfing challenge where through hard work, pure determination and sheer bloody-mindedness he stuck to the discipline and succeeded triumphantly!

Evidence of what an amazing feat this was to achieve is evident in Sam Torrance's comment that John should "Dream On" and his fellow Irishman Darren Clarke telling him it would take a minimum of 3 years to achieve his break par goal.

Having been aware of John and his self-imposed golf challenge to break par some years ago I was intrigued to read this book. I've read many golf books but this was one which did not disappoint - I read it cover to cover in 2 days! In my opinion this book was a small investment which delivered not only huge performance improvements with my own golf but also helped me to deal with the mental aspects and challenges of the game.

What makes this a fascinating and easy read is John's straightforward storytelling which is laced with his fantastic Irish wit and his inspiring honesty. At the outset of his story what John lacked in golfing ability he certainly made up for with his passion for the beautiful game.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's good to dream 23 May 2009
Format:Paperback
As an ex-obsessive, but now very occasional, golfer I found this a superb insight into the psychology of the amateur player.

Do we not all have a copy of the Big Book Of Excuses?
Have we not all at one time strung together our best efforts on each hole and thought "If I could just string them together I'd shoot a 67"? Well John Richardson didn't just ponder this, he got off his clubhouse barstool and went and did just that.

I appreciated that it would require a lot of time, effort and stress, but what John's account brought home to me is just how much self-examination and willingness to change was required to complete the challenge. I am not sure many people could open themselves up in such a way.

As John struggled with his lack of progress in scoring even though he was working long hours and improving his game I could literally feel his frustration as I read his account. Fortunately I also got to share in his excitement as `the round' progressed to it's climax and actually felt a sense of relief as he described holing that final putt.

I would have loved to be there when he called Sam Torrance to break the good news...
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Its Kinda Fun to Do the impossible 5 Aug 2009
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Golf book for sure. Self-help and motivational - even more so.
On the surface aimed at golfers - in reality us all.
I nicked the quote above from Walt Disney and the book. And I read this in one evening before realising at 445am it was probably time to go to sleep.
All of us can identify with these writings - and as the average handicapper of 17 who has nevertheless on one benign day at London and Hatfield shot a 73, we know that this has the added benefit of being true.
Cannot recommend this highly enough - and Im sure looking back now the author realises how many hundreds of thousands can be inspired by a challenge like this.
And spend less time down at the garden centres.
Or the pub, or watching TV, or bemoaning our luck...
When all is said and done theres a lot more said than done.
Just do it - and congratulations by the way.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Quite simply BRILLIANT!!! Honestly, No words out of my mouth can do this story enough justice. Hell I've never even written a review before now....for anything!

Now...

Just the very idea of being able to achieve the unachievable or to reach the unreachable was enough to grab my attention and buy this book. Dream On's author did just that in this marvellous mini-biography and has instilled me with bags of confidence and self belief every time step onto a golf course.

John Richardson, businessman, family man and a high handicap golfer managed to take an idea or rather a childhood dream and with a support, determination and a passion for the game that only a golfer could really comprehend managed to make his boyhood dream a reality.

John's goal was to play one level par round of golf at his par 71 home course(when he couldn't even break 100) by doing whatever it took, with the only stipulations being that he had one year to do it and it wasn't to affect his home or work life. This was to be a challenge that in theory, anyone could do. Scratch to Scratch!

The very idea of this challenge gives inspiration to every club golfer irrespective of your playing level. When I first heard about this book I could hardly wait for it to be delivered and was gutted that I'd have to wait for it to be ordered that I rang around every large bookshop in the West Midlands to see if I could get it any faster myself. Something struck a chord in me as the thought of someone in this world of similar age and golfing ability as me can stick his finger up to the man and achieve what most of us can only imagine is possible was too irresistible to let pass me by.

AND I'M SO GLAD I DIDN'T LET IT!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic and inspiring, read a few times
I have just finished reading the book for the 3rd time, and I still love it. I'm trying to improve my golf and the reference material talked about and the practice techniques are... Read more
Published 1 month ago by seanied83
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and inspiring.
An inspiring account which any golfer who has tried to improve his game can relate to. Honest and frank with the errors and setbacks together with the sometimes erratic progress. Read more
Published 2 months ago by john webb
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
Very good book. Kept me in the adventure all the way. You don't nee to be an avid or good golfer to enjoy this book.
Very good.
Published 2 months ago by Carwyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
If you are an club golfer who wants to improve then this is a must read. It's not just you that struggles
Published 2 months ago by Philip Tyzack
2.0 out of 5 stars Dishonest. But more importantly, dull.
The idea that the author went from 'hacker' to scratch in a year is simply not true. He had a mid-teens handicap in his youth so a lot of what he had to learn he had merely to... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. S. A. Rawlinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Golf
Very good read about the challenges of golf , practise and home life. Easy to follow and under stand , well done
Published 4 months ago by simon french
3.0 out of 5 stars not an exciting read
I think what John has achieved is excellent, the book went on a bit to much for me and got boring, not something that I would recommend to people to buy
Published 4 months ago by Roy Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars inspirational read
Very we'll written, keeping you involved in the
progress being made with the right balance of information about all the factors impacting the challenge.
Published 4 months ago by Sobmap
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good read!
A study in obsession; a man trying to overcome the mental and physical challenges of playing scratch golf within 12 months. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Richard Greenwood
3.0 out of 5 stars Great read
What a fantastic book. This book won't bring your handicap down , but it will certainly give you hope and encouragement.
Published 5 months ago by Jem
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