The Golden Rules
10 Steps to World-Class Excellence in Your Life and Work
By Bob Bowman
A personal success guide from Bob Bowman, coach to swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time.
Since 2004 no Olympic athlete has received more international exposure than Michael Phelps. And by his side throughout this period has been his coach, Bob Bowman. The two men met when Phelps was just 11 years old. Bowman sensed that the kid had talent - lots of it - but he also knew that raw ability would take Phelps only so far. He would need a plan; a roadmap for success.
Now, for the first time, Bowman reveals the philosophy that governs his approach to coaching both Phelps and other Olympic-calibre athletes, and provides a revealing look at what it takes to achieve greatness. His 10-step method consists of golden rules that anyone can apply to reach their goals in the personal or professional sphere.
Writing in a candid and heartfelt style that is illuminated by spirited anecdotes from over the years coaching a very diverse group of athletes, Bowman will teach you how to get gold out of everyday by setting goals and getting motivated to achieve them. By following The Golden Rules, you will learn to visualise your goals, and that above all else, dedication to your training, your job or any area you are seeking to triumph in is paramount for success.
Bob Bowman has been studying the great coaches and leaders since his days as an undergraduate at Florida State University, where he captained the school's nationally ranked swim team. In addition to Phelps, Bowman has been the primary coach for six other Olympic medalists, including Alison Schmitt (a three-time gold medal winner in London), and was the head coach of USA Swimming for the past two Olympics. As a consultant he has advised swimming federations in the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, and Turkey, among others.
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17 May 2016
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one of the best swimming books you will ever read ... it also offers a blueprint for success in life generally. — Roger Guttridge, Swimming Times