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Slaying the Dragon: How to Turn Your Small Steps to Great Feats [Hardcover]

Michael Johnson
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Book Description

Aug 1996
An inspirational handbook in which the author, an Olympic Gold Medal runner, explains how to turn defeats and setbacks into successes, and reveals his personal blueprint for achievement, which includes specific objectives and recommendations tested at each stage of his career.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Hardcover: 253 pages
  • Publisher: ReganBooks / HarperCollins; 1st edition (Aug 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060392185
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060392185
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 16.5 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Johnson, 43, is one of the most pre-eminent athletes of all time. He has four Olympic and nine World Championship gold medals to his name. At the 1996 Atlanta Games, he won both the 200m and 400m (the only athlete in history to do this at the same Games), and his world record for 200m of 19.32 stood for 12 years until Usain Bolt broke it at the Beijing Games of 2008. He still holds the world record for 400m - 43.18 seconds.

Johnson voluntarily returned his 4x400m relay gold medal from the Sydney Games of 2000 after a team-mate admitted taking performance-enhancing drugs earlier in his career.

Following his retirement, Johnson became a sports pundit with the BBC and has since established himself as one of the most popular and renowned sports broadcasters in the UK. The BBC's coverage of Olympic Games and World and European track-and-field Championships is hinged around his contributions.
He writes a regular column for The Times and owns his own sports training facility, the Michael Johnson Performance Centre, in Texas.
In 2002, he was awarded the Television Pundit of the Year Award by the Royal Television Society. He lives in San Francisco, California.

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Michael Johnson is known as the fastest man in the world. He is famous for accomplishing something that no other runner has ever done: in 1996 he won Olympic gold medals in both the 200m and 400m. This accomplishment is the climax of Johnson's career so far and closes this autobiography. Chronicalling his life as an athlete from his college days at Baylor University, it provides a veritable photo gallery of family and athletics memorabilia. However, Johnson's work bears little further resemblance to other works of this genre. Moreover, the subtitle "How to turn your small steps into great feats" is the real key to his book. In each chapter Johnson outlines the motivation and discipline behind his athletic career.By describing his physical and mental self-discipline towards training, preparation for races and the events themselves, he gives the reader an insight into how he has achieved his successes. He shares his winning techniques and advises that identification of our own fears and goals combined with his "Training tips" can be applied in every aspect of life, whether this be athletics, work or persevering with a diet. Johnson also relies on quotations from William Shakespeare, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Stevie Wonder to affirm his advice. Unlike him, we may not wear a pair of gold Nike running spikes every day, but Johnson is keen to apply his success to both our personal and professional lives. --Alison Taylor --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best bios I've read in a long time. 22 Aug 1999
By A Customer
This book was first recommended to me my freshman year in high school by my band director. He used it often for inspiration. It became sort of a joke in the band room when he referred to it. Well I finally read it and I now know why he talked about it so much. It was a great book. The way Michael Johnson referred to little things in life such as asking someone out, studying for a test and facing all the other dragons that are in our way is what I liked about it. I thought it would be only about running so it was a nice surprise the way he enterwove the running and life experiences. So I highly recommend this book because it does inspire you to never let go of your dreams. Even the big ones that seem like only "a ten year old's fantasy". So to all the dreamers out there, read this book and keep dreaming. :0)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Need a Role Model? Here's one. 31 Dec 1999
By A Customer
In this book, Michael Johnson shares his wisdom on Slaying your own Dragon. He takes us through his athletics career in stages, and shows how he applied various things, such as Goal Setting, Positive Thinking to it all. This book is a great insight into how people can achieve anything they want to. The other good point is that Michael, unlike other "Success" teachers, did not NEED or HAVE TO write this book, he is already financially secure. An Insight into a Sports Giant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal for all aspiring athletes 28 Aug 2003
As a coach I find that MJ's book is a great back to basics read. No rubbish to common sense, analysis and sometimes, truths you don't want to hear (like it takes hard work to be your best). I have read the book several times and find that it helps me coach and inspires my own triathlon, cycling and running training to be my best. Read it or fail to learn from one of the 20th Century's greatest athletes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One more thing 2 July 1999
By A Customer
One more thing would like to add, Michael Johnsons book is unlike any other book written by any athlete. He doesn't just talk about his life, he mostly talks about how you can improve. Not just in track or sports, but in life as well!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Whoa! What a book!! 13 Mar 1999
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This is not your average "read-about-a-successful-athlete" book just for the sole purpose of some inspiration for track and field or just for dreaming about being like Mike, or any other athelete. It is much more. Michael Johnson takes his struggles and triumphs in his life and relays to the reader how he learned proven success principles that helped him accomplish the tasks that he had set out to do and has done a fantastic job in giving the exact same principles in everyday, easy to read and understand language. He even states in his book that these principles can be applied to whatever goals or tasks or dreams you want to achieve and puts them in an excellent sequential form from the start of the pursuit of one's dream or goal, to making a plan of action to reach them, along with what to do when disappointments;failiure;set-backs;distractions in life come along (and they will) and how to overcome them, and then finally, to making those dreams and goals a reality. To the reader of these comments, I think the point has been made clear. GET THIS BOOK, PERIOD!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is one of a kind 16 Aug 1999
By A Customer
This book not only gives you guidelines for track, it also helps you in the real world. He tells you how to slay your own dragon and how to commit yourself to something. He helps you to deal with distractions and failures(if you come upon any). This book is a must get cause it helps you in life as well as track.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I am 17 years old. after reading this book, i not only did better on the track physically, but mentally to. If you are an athlete who needs inspiring, then get this book. It helps, trust me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slaying the Dragon - Inspiring! 10 Jan 2010
By Andy M
I've just read this book a second time - an almost unknown event for me!
This is a straightforward, simple and very honest guide to forming goals in anything in life, not just sport; and how deal with the inevitable setbacks, but be able to keep moving forwards. Johnson uses his own professional running career as an example of what can be achieved along the way, and it is obvious that his own self-confidence in life comes not from arrogance, but his realistic goal-setting, then lots of hard work to achieve that goal, before moving on to the next.
A very easy to read book which could help clarify one's directions in both sport and life generally.
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