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Slaying the Dragon: How to Turn Your Small Steps to Great Feats Hardcover – 1 Aug 1996
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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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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.Read more ›
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A great book from a very good supplier. Highly recommended for discipline, focus and drive in your daily life and goals. Michael was a true champion in his field.Published 13 months ago by Stanwick
I love sport books, and I really loved this one. You could say it stands between the sport book and the motivational book, but i still think you can get the most out of it if... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
More than just an autobiography, he takes you through all the steps he took and delivers them as lessons for life.Published on 6 Sept. 2014 by charlie mcgee
Very inspirational book, the author showed how the mindset to becoming a champion could be used to harness every day goals, like achieving at work or in family life. Read morePublished on 25 Sept. 2013 by joseph Bara-Bara
Great book! Would recommend to any sports fan, athlete, coach or anyone interested in the mental side of sport as well as just the actual physical side. Read morePublished on 30 Jun. 2013 by Hockey.Adin
A fantastic read which not only highlights the career of a true Olympic champion but also provides an insight into how you can overcome obstacles and achieve your goals (sport... Read morePublished on 10 Oct. 2012 by atyldesley1