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Slaying the Dragon

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Published November 1st 1996 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published January 1st 1996)
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Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a great pump-you-up book! I thought it would be a more biographical/historical account of his 400/200 double gold. Turned into a great read on identifying goals and staying focused. Really enjoyed the book and the insight from MJ.

“Life is often compared to running a marathon, but I think it is more like being a sprinter; long stretches of hard work punctuated by brief moments in which we are given the opportunity to perform at our best.”
Aug 20, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great read for anyone who enjoys athletic biographys. Throughout the book Michael Johnson(a successful gold medalist sprinter)talks about how to overcome fear and how to fulfill your dreams. This book has influenced me and has changed the way i train, now, instead of going out with some friends and just kicking the ball around, I actually practice the things I'm not so good at and improve my weak game. I now ask myself this question after every training i do, "Have i just become a better socce ...more
Rick McNeil
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Inspirational & Motivational. This is an athlete with a unique perspective on how to achieve you goals by commitment and unwavering devotion. I gave this book to my son when he was a high school track & field athlete and also a football player. After reading this book, it changed his training habits. He eventually became a state champion in the triple jump and broke his high school's record. He was also a star running back and received an academic scholarship for college. This is not just a book ...more
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very honest and open autobiography from Michael Johnson. He cuts to the chase and say it as it is. Also, unlike many other biographies of the athletes, Micheal Johnson included more and he dressed the book as a kind of "self help" book. It is quite inspirational if that is your cup of tea. ...more
Kierney Weigle
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really liked how Michael Johnson sets goals to achieve what he wants to, to be successful. I love how he set his expectations really high for the 1996 Olympics. This book really helped me succeed in my sports because I set goals on what I want to achieve
Janaya Woehnker
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed how Michael related the lessons he's learned not only to his career as an athlete but to the aspects of being a student as well. ...more
Nalyaka Mugwe
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Amazing amazing read. Inspirational and a challenger.

‘Your mind is the biggest motivator to help you overcome and achieve’
Dec 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Many people, including my brother, only read educational or motivational books that move them toward personal and career goals. As I read Slaying the Dragon, I got it. I'd like to stay in that zone! You can't read about Michael Johnson's dedication and the mindset that won two Gold Medals and a world record in the 1996 Olympics without applying it to your own life. And that is because Johnson constantly reminds the reader to apply it to our professional, academic and family life. This is part au ...more
Oct 21, 2016 added it
This book is a good read for anyone that enjoys athletics or bettering themselves as a person. I really enjoyed this booking being a track and field athlete myself, running in the same events. Reading this book by Olympic gold medalist Michael Johnson has given me a different outlook on the way I train and think. In this book he explains how making very specific goals help you reach your ultimate goal much faster and how you should be mentally prepared for failure, although you shouldn't expect ...more
Jan 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I don't like self help books. I don't really consider this a self help book. This was a book about an elite athlete and how he became an elite athlete. He was very honest about his situation. He didn't say that everyone can be what he is (if you don't have the genes, you don't have the genes). The principals directly related to me beginning my new life as a mud-runner.

This book was very short. It counts 230 pages, but it is typed in 18 font and has tons of full page pics. If you sat down and re
Beverly Dowdell
Dec 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All
Great lessons in mentally preparing for failure as well as success. Sometimes what happens in life is not fair - dealing with being unsuccessful and/or failure with a great attitude is essential to still go after the end result. While our plans of necessity are in sand - needs may require they change/adjust and the timing is a sliding scale but the ultimate dream/goal is set in concrete. The trappings/financial gain from success is not what ultimately defines us.
Austin Benton
Jan 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was very good! Awesome book for any track athlete to read. I loved reading this book. I actually learned a lot of useful things. I would recommend this book for just about anyone. My favorite part of the book is at the end of each chapter there is a review of the chapter and tips for success. I enjoyed reading the book because it wasn't challenging and it was a nice holiday read. ...more
Jun 27, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Athletes
While Michael Johnson may no longer be in the limelight with his amazing record-smashing victories at the Olympics this book offers a nice mix of his personal story and challenges he overcame to be the fastest man alive. There are also some excellent goal-setting tips that I found were
Barb Slatter
Aug 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I have read!
Robert Roslauski
Mar 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Changed my perspective on setting realistic goals for my self.
Feb 01, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hard To Find. Not your ordinary biography. It is also a self-help book. Very inspiring. Definitely worth the read.
David West
Apr 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Sep 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
A generic self help book, with tons of photos for filler. If you've ever read a self help book, you don't need to read this. ...more
Josh Ochs
Jan 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
An awesome book for any athlete that wants to set their goals and more clearly understand how to implement discipline in their life.
Elder III
May 16, 2015 rated it liked it
An excellent biography on the life of Michael Johnson.
Apr 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Inspiring, fast read.
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