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Phil Knight’s memoir is worthy of our admiration – a terrific read!
September 6, 2017
Even if you’re not a fan of memoirs this is truly a book worth reading. Phil Knight reveals his extraordinary pathway to success by divulging stories of his fascinating travels, the gambles he took, insecurities that burdened him, missteps along the way, personal and professional triumphs and losses. His unconventional approach to business inevitably meant surrounding himself with a gifted group of eccentric and nonconformist employees that led to the creation of a massively successful shoe empire envied worldwide. The authentic relationships he formed throughout the early years of Blue Ribbon to Nike’s years of growth provided him with a second family of sorts and a solid foundation for an incredibly prosperous company.
I love that his personal story is told in such a forthright, candid yet casual, voice that feels like an after-dinner story being told by a dear friend. I would highly recommend this book for new graduates and entrepreneurs of any age. It sounds trite and inadequate to simply call Shoe Dog and inspirational read – it feels like more than that.
I loved the accounting of his relationships with his track coach and his father – and his deep desire to make them both proud. He was surrounded by people who supported and believed in him early and steadfastly helped him achieve all he set out to achieve – his mother, his wife, his eccentric employees all played an important role. But even the untrustworthy businessmen that he encountered along the way, who also had an important role in creating a hostile environment that forced him to take greater risks and push harder to pursue his dreams.
At a time when world events and politics can leave a person feeling a bit emotionally bankrupt, a book like this comes along and reminds me of all the positivity and goodness in people and the excitement of building something astonishing from the gossamer threads of a crazy dream. Shoe Dog is an excellent book so I highly recommend it. I hope my review is useful to others.