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on 31 December 1999
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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on 22 August 1999
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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on 28 August 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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on 13 March 1999
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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on 2 July 1999
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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on 16 August 1999
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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on 11 February 2014
After completing his historic double gold at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, Michael Johnson was the hottest property in Athletics; a superstar who transcended his sport. Unlike his more recent offering, Gold Rush, this isn’t directly biographical but more a success manual of sorts. By shining a light on some of his techniques for preparation, attitude and motivation Johnson tries to apply these for inspiration for mere mortals in everyday life.

The trouble is that the rest of us are just mere mortals whereas Johnson, being an elite athlete, works in a slightly different way and the book runs the risk of making the rest of us feel inadequate. But in looking at methods for dealing with failures and disappointments, and ways at setting goals and developing strategies in order to reach those goals, Johnson’s methods can certainly be applied to any situation.

The book weaves the self development strategies with Johnson’s sporting rise, culminating of course in reaching his goals in Atlanta. It does also deal with disappointments and downright failures that he encountered along the way, and how he used these to motivate his push to achieve what he set out to.

Yes, it’s slightly simplistic in the way it’s written and presented; a large font and numerous photos swell the page count considerably. But it’s hardly alone in that when it comes to self help books; a genre replete with much padding. And in using Johnson’s career as its focus it brings the added bonus of having a truly inspirational figure at its core.

He finishes off with a veritable pep talk that made me feel almost apologetic in my lack of get-up-and-go and drive to achieve all that I could achieve. It’s unlikely that this book would find too much favour with those who don’t count the great sprinter as a bit of an inspiration anyway, but for those like me who do, there are sufficient pearls of sporting wisdom to provide a level of motivation rather than a specific guide to achieving success. If you can take it for what it is, an easy going and quite enjoyable read, and ignore the slightly corny links to real world jobs then potential inspiration does lie within these pages.
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on 25 June 1999
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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on 10 December 1998
Slaying the Dragon focuses on creating success through discipline and overcoming any adverse influences and obstacles encountered along the way. This biographical work reflects on how Michael Johnson has believed in himself and about how he has overcome obstacles throughout his career. He also recollects how he has challenged himself and has tried always to do what he has committed himself to do. Johnson has set many goals in his life and has worked hard to slay his dragons. Slaying the Dragon is a narrative about how to succeed and how to deal with success and failure. This book is not only about being a successful runner but being successful in every aspect of life. I would recommend this book to anyone facing life's challenges.
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on 10 January 2010
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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