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Slaying the Dragon: How to Turn Your Small Steps to Great Feats Hardcover – 1 Aug 1996

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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: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 299,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Format: Paperback
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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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Hardcover
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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By A Customer on 13 Mar. 1999
Format: Hardcover
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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By A Customer on 2 July 1999
Format: Hardcover
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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By A Customer on 16 Aug. 1999
Format: Hardcover
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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By Uenna TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Nov. 2016
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This is another great book from Michael Johnson .As I stated in my review of his book 'Gold Rush', Michael Johnson is not only a great athlete but a fantastic writer He writes in a unique and engaging style, that makes his words so clear and inspiring. In this book he uses his life experiences and his athletic career to show how one can slay ones demons and achieve your dreams. Whatever those 'demons' or obstacles may be, through hard work, goal setting, positive thinking, self discipline, training focus, etc one can achieve ones dreams. He exemplified how he utilised all these attributes in achieving enormous success in his career.These are principles, and tips that can be applied in all works of life.The book is very inspiring and motivating. Although this is like a biography it is also a self motivating tbook, one that should be read by anyone who needs practical stepwise guidance on goal setting and goal achievement.
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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.
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