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Slaying the Dragon: How to Turn Your Small Steps to Great Feats Hardcover – August, 1996


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About the Author

Michael Johnson competed in the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona and the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, where he earned gold medals in the 400 and 200 meter track events. Between international competitions, he lives and trains in Dallas and Waco, Texas.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harpercollins (August 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060392185
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060392185
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great testimony for kids to emulate.
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I really enjoyed this book because of how accessibly it was written.
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I loved the book so much that he bought me my own copy.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 23, 2003
Format: Hardcover
When I bought the book at a used book store, I had no idea what it was like. I just wanted a book for my 13 year-old son to read and maybe enjoy. We had been to the '96 Games and had seen the 200M race so I thought he could relate even though my son hates to run. I had him read a few pages out loud each day so I could hear his pronounciation but within a few days I began to realize what this book has to offer. I also noticed a change taking place in my son as he read the words. I really can't do justice to the book but I can tell you the message Michael Johnson has for young people has the power to change lives. I am grateful to Mr Johnson for what he has given my son.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Alene N. Morrison on June 20, 2005
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Michael Johnson is not only an athlete, but an intellectual as well. He spells out how it took him six years to improve his 200 meter race 1.7 seconds. What is 1.7 seconds? It is the difference from being a good athlete and a world class athlete. This book teaches everyone how to improve themselves in order to achieve their dreams, whether it is in athletics, business, or education. I read this book in a matter of hours, it is a quick read and has invaluable insight into how to slay your dragon--a term Michael coins referring to how to reach your goals. If you have a dream and want to reach it, but have fallen short of victory, this is a must read.

I am a high school English teacher and plan to use bits of this book in my classroom to help my students learn to establish goals and achieve them.

I HIGHLY recommend this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 4, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Firstly, I would like to know how the previous reviewer came to the conclusion that this book was ghost written. Having seen Michael's refreshingly articulate and informative punditry whilst working for the BBC on recent major athletics events, I do not see why there'd be a need to get someone else to write a book that's fairly short anyway. Also, it does not seem consistent with his attitude to get someone else to write this book (without even a reference to any 'collaborator' being involved within the book). In addition, the inside cover contains the following: 'The moral right of the author has been asserted'. Case closed.
So, what's the book about? In Michael's own words:
'To me, that's the ultimate responsibility and challenge of being a role model-not to sign autographs in a timely fashion or to live a stainless life, but to offer up a life or a philosophy, flaws and all, to help other people negotiate their own way. That's what I hope to do in this book'
In the book, he uses the progression of his athletics career as an illustrative tool to reinforce the various aspects of his philosophy. Whether it be major defeats and how he learnt to accept them and deal with them, or major successes (the book ending with his remarkable feats at the 1996 Olympic games)-he presents a systematic approach not only to athletics but to anything in life where there exists a concept of 'performance'.
I would go as far as to say that the approach presented in this book and the degree to which Michael Johnson stuck to it provided much of the difference, for the better, between him and his rivals. As Ato Boldon said: "Nineteen-point-thirty two, that's not a time. It sounds like my dad's birth date."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Erich on May 7, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I've got to admit, Michael Johnson is my all time hero. I'm a big track and field enthusiast, and I just had to get my hands on this book. I want to take my track and field career to Michael Johnson's level of greatness. I was surprised when I started reading "Slaying the Dragon." I was ready for some great training techniques to improve my physical strength and endurance; but this book goes so much deeper then that. It's really a counselor in disguise as a book. It helps you improve your everyday life from all aspects. It gives you good ideas on how to set goals, and achieve your objectives. I found that you can apply this book to just about anything and it will produce results; whether it is on the track, in the classroom, or at the office. I will use this book to help me balance my sports career with the classroom. After reading this book I now have a direction and destination to strive for. No matter what your "dragon" is, this book can help you overcome it. If you give this book a chance, I gaurantee success in all aspects of your life. It's a must read book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 22, 1999
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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