Shoe Dog A memoir by Nike Co-founder Phil Knight

I went through an autobiography phase; for the longest time, all I was interested in was reading about the lives of some of the world’s greatest philosophers, poets, inventors, and activists (you get the idea).

As we reached a point in my business where we needed to scale and expand, I started diving more into business books to grow as an entrepreneur. I read an article on Phil Knight that mentioned this book, so about 2 years ago a bought it thinking I will gain some kick-ass business tips from the boss of Nike, does it get any better? Boy was I wrong…

This book was actually better. In true memoir style, Phil Knight chronicles his journey as a young (rather unaware) entrepreneur, and how he built this dinosaur of a business; think of all the partnerships, the hopes, the bad decisions, the debts, the loss and wins.

You will learn some very valuable business lessons in the process and have a look into the man, presented in a rare honest and simple way. Perhaps the biggest take-home for me was: the value of time and delayed gratification. Nike was not built in a day and one needs to appreciate that in time, things fall into place, and there is value in sacrificing at the beginning to reap the greatest rewards.

 

Happy reading, let me know what you think!

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