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No Limits: The Will to Succeed

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""When I'm focused, there is not one single thing, person, anything that can stand in the way of my doing something. There is not. If I want something bad enough, I feel I'm gonna get there.""Michael Phelps is one of the greatest competitors the world has ever seen. From teen sensation in Sydney to bona fide phenom in Athens, he is now -- after the Beijing Games -- a livin ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published December 9th 2008 by Free Press (first published January 1st 2008)
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K.D. Absolutely
Jul 07, 2011 K.D. Absolutely rated it liked it
Shelves: memoirs, guy-lit, sports
I enjoyed reading this book. I think part of the reason was that the hype of 2008 Beijing Olympics has died down and people are now looking forward to 2012 London Olympics. The timing freed me from too much “noise” from on-line opinions of fans and critics of Michael Phelps (born 1985). Strong on-line opinions can sometimes influence my enjoyment in reading biographies and memoirs of famous people.

It’s been half a year since I read an athlete biography or memoir. At the start of this year, I re
Kakashi  Hatake
Dec 18, 2016 Kakashi Hatake rated it it was amazing
So many people along the way ,whatever it is you aspire to do ,will tell you it can't be done .But all it takes is imagination. You dream .you plan ,you reach.There will be obstacles .There will be doubters.There will be mistakes .But with hard work ,with belief ,with confidence and trust in yourself and those around you there are NO LIMITS

I have always been inspired by sports persons .Their discipline ,determination and stories of their hard work and sacrifices for their goal .so when I came a
Jan 02, 2009 Tiffany rated it really liked it
When it comes to things Michael Phelps is good at, swimming is number 1. Getting you fired up by reading could be number 2. The book reads like a conversation. Well, conversation is a mild way of putting it. The book is inspiring without being egotistical. There is no "Look what I can do cause I'm better than you" but rather a "Look what you can do if you get out there and try." I recommend it to young athletes, to former athletes, to anyone who has ever competed for anything. Just be warned tha ...more
Summary of the Phelpsian recipe for world-beating success: start with a supportive Mum who will dig you out of bed, stuff some breakfast into you and drive you to training before daylight, have ADHD and wean yourself off ritalin, and find a talented and supportive coach who can take you from a tantrum-throwing youngster to an Olympian and give you heaps of support and sage advice about life along the way. Also learn from all your mistakes, be prepared to train your butt off even when you really ...more
Jill Campbell
Apr 15, 2009 Jill Campbell rated it really liked it
I actually loved this book, which surprised me. I couldn't put it down, read it in 2 days. I am not sure whether I would have felt the same way if I hadn't been a swimmer in my previous life. Chris and I agree, it is a book we will have our children read when the time is right.
Mackenzie H.
Sep 22, 2012 Mackenzie H. rated it liked it
228 pages

No Limits: The Will to Succeed, is the story of the road Michael Phelps took to acheive his goal and contract of eight gold medals in one Olympic game. He explains the eight charcteristics he had to win each and every race: perseverance, belief, redemption, determination, confidence, courage, will, and commitment. In the 400 individual medley he needed to have perserverance. The individual medley was rather difficult because Phelps had to be strong in all strokes. Other ind
Erich Byelick
Oct 26, 2015 Erich Byelick rated it it was amazing
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Jul 19, 2010 Kelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-read
I was one of the ones caught up in the Olympic games in the summer of 2008. I had Phelps fever and was looking for 8 also. Letting my at the time 8 year old stay up to watch the swims live.

So fun being able to see her face and know that she also one day could do that! (well maybe not Olympics but competitive swim for sure.) Maybe even College! Okay she is only 10!!!

Michael's journey to Beijing is one of swimming, swimming, swimming and really very little else. Everything is about the pool. Alt
Sep 13, 2014 Vanessa rated it liked it
I listened to this book after the one by Apolo Ohno because I was interested to read more about Olympians. Michael Phelps is certainly an inspirational athlete. He has done much to prepare himself for his sport, and it shows (winning 8 gold medals at the Beijing Olympics). However, I found the book to be disorganized - it wasn't in chronological order, so it was hard for me to follow which meet or Olympics he was talking about. That probably doesn't matter too much, but to me, it was a problem. ...more
Jun 20, 2016 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I remember following Michael Phelps as a teenager and young adult. I remember sitting on the edge of whatever chair I was on as I watched the television screen in 2008. This book gave me the same goosebumps and brought the same emotions flooding to the surface as 2008.

The book itself is well-written; however, if you are not familiar with the different races/terminology of competitive swimming, you will have to stop and do a little research every so often. The structure is also a little confusing
Jan 10, 2009 Erika added it
This was my secret santa gift this year because everyone who knows me knows that I find him very fascinating. However, I wasn't expecting much when I started reading this. But I was pleasantly surprised. It's not literary work of genius, but it's definitely an inspirational book, and reminded me just how much there is to get out of life if you only have some passion and dedication. It's a get-your-butt-off-the-couch book for sure. And, as is Phelps' intention, it makes the sport of swimming much ...more
Jenna Fisher
Sep 13, 2011 Jenna Fisher rated it it was ok
I was interested to hear about Phelps' ability to push himself and overcome limitations that others had imposed on him. His is a story of hard work and motivation. The part that stuck out to me was that he learned to concentrate on finding out what he *could do, rather than worry about what he couldn't do. or what others were doing.
The writing was a bit simple and the way the book was organized, did lend itself to repetition but I didn't find it confusing or annoying.
It's not a work of art, di
Dec 15, 2008 Jennifer rated it liked it
Shelves: 2008
I'm a sucker for these types of books, what can I say? :P

It was interesting to read just how much time and preparation Phelps puts into his career. This would be an eyeopener for anyone who thinks that swimming just isn't that hrd, or that Phelps doesn't deserve to even be considered as one of the world's greatest athletes.

Make no mistake- this book isn't high quality literature. ;) But if you're interested in reading about what went into preparing for his amazing accomplishment at the 2008 Bei
Mar 11, 2009 Lesley rated it it was ok
Not my favorite book in the world. It seemed like he was trying to be modest the whole time, but it came out as major cocky. Also, maybe it wasn't my favorite because he kept saying how much harder swimming is than running. Still a great athlete, but I think it is definately debatable whether he is the "Greatest Olympian of all time." Swimming is the only sport where your could even come close to winning that many medals, sure, but does the number of medals you win correlate with the kind of ath ...more
Priyanka -
Dec 18, 2016 Priyanka - rated it really liked it
Dedication,grit and willpower and hard work 'all the time',that's what makes Phelps a champion.He inspires and believes in working really hard towards your goals-'To see just what I am,truly,capable of'
Setting incredible world records with his 'Phelpsian feat' ,Micheal Phelps wins your heart with his honesty and hard work.It's inspiring and overwhelming to read the journeys of champions like Phelps who want to see what they have in them and go that extra mile when others dare not.
Dawn Ling
Oct 26, 2012 Dawn Ling rated it really liked it
As an ex-national swimmer for about 8 years, I really enjoyed this book as I could relate to all the obstacles and grueling training he had to undergo. In this book he shares how you can overcome distractions and remain motivated to reach your goals. Great book to inspire anyone who aims to accomplish their dreams.
Nina Soukhanovskii
Dec 29, 2016 Nina Soukhanovskii rated it it was amazing
This was truly an amazing book. Swimmer or not, I think that everyone should read this book and laugh and cry for the greatest Olympian ever, Michael Phelps. Full of inspiration, emotion, and action, this book will keep you in the edge of your seat as you read and remember the great swims he made 10 years ago. Michael had always wanted to change swimming, and he truly did. Enjoy.
Manoj Arora
1/ Do something in this lifetime that no one has ever done before.
That is how he made his goal to be the best Olympian ever. Dream big. Learn from new obstacles and challenges. Transform yourself.

2/ When I was in school, a teacher said that I would never be successful. Things like these stick, and then motivate you.
Yes, they do. Negativity around you can push you into a corner OR can pull you out of your comfort zone to break the shackles and write your own destiny. It all depends on how you ta
Sullivan Elenburg
May 04, 2017 Sullivan Elenburg rated it really liked it
This autobiography by Michael Phelps is the true story to his famed 8 gold medal run at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games. The book goes on about the struggles that Michael had but also the victories he had as well. The book is very informative and it teaches you a lot about swimming. If you don't like swimming, or get bored with a lot of facts in a book, don't read this. But if you are like me, who doesn't care whats in it as long as there's Michael Phelps, then this is definitely a book yo ...more
Logan Bell
Oct 28, 2016 Logan Bell rated it really liked it
You would love to read this book if you enjoy high intensity sports books and are willing to learn about the famous Olympian: Michael Phelps and his journey to becoming a champion. This book was a great autobiography- by far the best I've ever read. I couldn't put it down and you won't want to either! If you want to generate some high motivation to go out and do something important with your life, then this book will definitely be a good fit. Almost a guarantee that you will work harder at anyth ...more
John Worthington
May 11, 2017 John Worthington rated it liked it
If you want to be a swimmer, read this book first. The time, dedication, and effort swimmers put into their sport is amazing. This is a great autobiography about Michael Phelps and his Olympic achievement of 8 Gold Medals in one Olympic game. Well told and an interesting read.
Kong Yang
Jan 27, 2017 Kong Yang rated it really liked it
Kong Yang
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No Limits: The Will to Succeed

1). Author’s Background
The author of this book is Michael Phelps. He is Olympic swimmer from the U.S. He has set many records while swimming and hold the record for earning the most amount of medals, 22, for an Olympic athlete. What influenced him to write this book was because of all the things he has achieved. He has set many time records for swimming and currently has 22 olympic medals making him the olympic athlete with the most am
Spencer G.
Dec 06, 2015 Spencer G. rated it it was ok

Spencer Greenberg 12/6/15

Despite the difficulties and obstacles that came along the way, Michael Phelps accomplished his dream by hard work and determination. He is now one of the most famous Olympic swimmers in history, holding eight gold medals and seven world records. The book No Limits: The Will to Succeed, teaches that to achieve a goal, it is imperative that one must overlook all of the doubters and focus on what is important. Michael Phelps expresses this when he says, “There will be obst
Feb 28, 2017 Jenny rated it it was amazing
I loved the book! I relate to many things in the story (goggle fogging up, caps ripping, etc.) Because I too am a competitive swimmer!
Jason Pelaez
Aug 23, 2012 Jason Pelaez rated it really liked it
In the novel, No Limits: The Will to Succeed, by Michael Phelps and Alan Abrahamson, Michael Phelps, the greatest Olympic Champion to ever live takes the reader into an in-depth look into his legendary eight races and eight gold medals at the 29th Olympiad in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Michaels went through a lot of tough times and tiring days in his life to become one of the all-time greats, but he did it and has no regrets. Michael also gives a good brief history about each discipline he swam ...more
Regan DeWitt
Oct 16, 2011 Regan DeWitt rated it it was amazing
In No Limits: The Will to Succeed, Michael Phelps chronicles his record-breaking eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics through eight chapters. Each chapter is about a different race, which he explains the different aspects of each one, and also explains what happened with each race at the Athens Olympics, four years prior. Through the 400 Individual Medley, he tells the story of how his swimming career began, and how he and his coach, Bob Bowman, met and have interacted ever since. The 400 F ...more
Andrew Caparell
May 21, 2013 Andrew Caparell rated it liked it
No Limits by Michael Phelps naturally caught my eye as I am a sports fan. Plus, the fact that it was an autobiography intrigued me. This book was written after the Beijing Games which Phelps Obtained an unprecedented eight gold medals and world-record times in seven events. His performance at the 2008 Games set a new standard for success. This story is told by Phelps and he explains how he prepared, trained, and how he came to have the greatest olympic performances ever.

The story starts with Mic
Connor Miller
Apr 02, 2016 Connor Miller rated it really liked it
Michael Phelps: No Limits is a non-fiction autobiography about the journey of a young boy becoming an athletic superstar and Olympic athlete of a whole new kind. This is not just any athlete it is Michael Phelps, he and his coach Bob Bowman are seen as they journey through Michael’s career as a student athlete and eventually just an athlete. The book is an ode to hard work, and patience paying off in the end and what it is like to be a student athlete. The theme and message of the story is an ob ...more
Ben Walling
Oct 14, 2014 Ben Walling rated it really liked it
When anyone mentions the sport of swimming, the first name they think of is Michael Phelps. As a swimmer myself, I am always jokingly asked if I will be the next Phelps. I decided to read " Michael Phelps- No Limits, the Will to Succeed" to discover more about his upbringings, triumphs, and setbacks to help me as a swimmer, and also to gain knowledge on the most decorated Olympian of all time. Alan Abrahamson set out in this biography to teach readers more about the name they all know. "No Limit ...more
May 01, 2014 Mattias rated it it was amazing
No limits
Michael Phelps

This book is about the greatest Olympian to ever live. Michael Phelps. He wrote this autobiography for people to understand what it is like for him to live and what goes through his mind before a race. This book was right after the 2008 olympics in Beijing. This was the Olympics where he won 8 gold medals defeating Mark Spitz’s record with 7 Gold medals in one Olympic games. Michael explains his problems as a child such as having ADHD and being a very unbehaved chi
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Michael Fred Phelps II is an American former competitive swimmer and the most decorated Olympian of all time, with a total of 28 medals. Phelps also holds the all-time records for Olympic gold medals (23),Olympic gold medals in individual events (13), and Olympic medals in individual events (16). In winning eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Games, Phelps broke fellow American swimmer Mark Spit ...more
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“So many people along the way,whatever it is you aspire to do,will tell you it can't be done.But all it takes is imagination.You dream.You plan.You reach. There will be obstacles.There will be doubters.There will be mistakes. But with hard work, with belief, with confidence and trust in yourself and those around you,there are no limits.” 13 likes
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