1% Better

Reaching My Full Potential and How You Can Too

by Chris Nikic, Nik Nikic, Don Yaeger

On Sale: 2021-10-05

Price: $18.99

Book Summary

Chris Nikic, the first person with Down syndrome to every complete an IRONMAN triathlon, inspires others to achieve their goals by getting better 1% at a time.

About the Book

What would life look like if you measured your success by improvements instead of victories? Nik Nikic shares the incredible story of his son Chris’s journey to become the first person with Down syndrome to ever complete an IRONMAN® triathlon, inspiring others to achieve their goals by getting 1 percent better every day.

From the moment Chris Nikic was born, his parents knew he could achieve anything he set his mind to do. So when he became involved in triathlons with the Special Olympics, his dad, Nik, took on the role of coach and encouraged Chris to aim even higher. Together, they set their sights on making history—Chris becoming the first person with Down syndrome to complete an IRONMAN® triathlon.

Written from Chris’s father’s perspective, Nik shares the 1% Better mindset that has helped Chris achieve many of his goals—and the underlying principles of the 1% Better system can help you pursue and achieve your dreams too! Through Chris and Nik’s story, learn the benefits of applying the model to your own life and discover how to:

  • Overcome the mental hurdles of pain
  • Stay motivated using three irrefutable laws of motivation
  • See failures as opportunities for improvement
  • Form a lifelong habit of success

You may never be the best. But you can be better than your best when you stop imposing self-limitations and begin the journey to reach your goals—one confident step at a time.

Publisher’s Note: 1% Better is written in Nik Nikic’s voice. Chris and his accomplishments are the focus of 1% Better, and Chris is a coauthor of the book as he was interviewed by his father and the writer.


'Business coach Nik Nikic's motivational debut chronicles the remarkable journey of his son, Chris, the first person with Down syndrome to complete the IRONMAN triathlon. Nikic describes the physical, sensory, and cognitive challenges Chris faced as a child, revealing that concern for his son's future became the impetus to explore his capabilities. Growing increasingly frustrated by others' 'realistic' limitations for his son, Nikic became convinced that physical and community activity could improve Chris's quality of life. To help his son realize his potential, Nikic encouraged Chris to write down his dreams and began to implement the gradual improvement approach he used in business to coach his son--describing it as 'developing good habits as the building blocks for progress over time.' For instance, he began Chris's athletic training with only one squat, one sit-up, and one push up. By increasing the regimen by one repetition each training session, Chris was able to do 200 of each exercise only a year later. Nikic also provides insight into making the training with his son a shared adventure. Nikic's inspirational guide will appeal to those preferring to trade the popular 'no pain, no gain' philosophy for an effective, motivating alternative.'

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780785256182
  • ISBN 10: 0785256180
  • Imprint: Thomas Nelson
  • On Sale: 2021-10-05
  • Pages: 208
  • List Price: $18.99
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Publication Date: 2021-10-05
  • Trim Size: 139.000mm x 212.000mm x 13.000mm
  • Weight: 185.000gr
  • Category 1 : SELF-HELP / Motivational & Inspirational
  • Category 2 : SELF-HELP / Personal Growth / Success
  • Category 3 : BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / People with Disabilities
  • Category 4 : BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Motivational