“Shoe Dog” Book Review

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“Shoe Dog” Book Review

Someone recommended me this book and I thought I should give it a try, despite not being the type of book I usually read.

And I must say… I was surprised. I was very surprised. I wasn’t expecting this and this book made me realize how we should give ourselves each and every day if we really want to succeed.

Here is the book description, extracted from Amazon:
“In this candid and riveting memoir, for the first time ever, Nike founder and board chairman Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company’s early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.

Young, searching, fresh out of business school, Phil Knight borrowed fifty dollars from his father and launched a company with one simple mission: import high-quality, low-cost running shoes from Japan. Selling the shoes from the trunk of his Plymouth Valiant, Knight grossed eight thousand dollars that first year, 1963. Today, Nike’s annual sales top $30 billion. In this age of start-ups, Knight’s Nike is the gold standard, and its swoosh is more than a logo. A symbol of grace and greatness, it’s one of the few icons instantly recognized in every corner of the world.

But Knight, the man behind the swoosh, has always been a mystery. Now, in a memoir that’s surprising, humble, unfiltered, funny, and beautifully crafted, he tells his story at last. It all begins with a classic crossroads moment. Twenty-four years old, backpacking through Asia and Europe and Africa, wrestling with life’s Great Questions, Knight decides the unconventional path is the only one for him. Rather than work for a big corporation, he will create something all his own, something new, dynamic, different. Knight details the many terrifying risks he encountered along the way, the crushing setbacks, the ruthless competitors, the countless doubters and haters and hostile bankers-as well as his many thrilling triumphs and narrow escapes. Above all, he recalls the foundational relationships that formed the heart and soul of Nike, with his former track coach, the irascible and charismatic Bill Bowerman, and with his first employees, a ragtag group of misfits and savants who quickly became a band of swoosh-crazed brothers.

Together, harnessing the electrifying power of a bold vision and a shared belief in the redemptive, transformative power of sports, they created a brand, and a culture, that changed everything.”

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Comments

Richard Sayad says:

Only 75 books? oh come on dude, you need to read one a day and rent a lambo… and oh yes, you need to buy printed books because audible and kindles are old school. Can you hire a model for your next show?

Sophisticated Swanson says:

How does one read 72 books in a year? I mean page by page. I guess via audible.

Mario Rodriguez says:

I really like your books reviews. Good job, keep on!

Igor Mišić says:

There is two way to watch this video. Once before reading the book and another one after reading it.

Not Daadi says:

seems like a good book to read,thanks

Da Almighty says:

Your biceps are goals long and even….

Backend Coder says:

Wow, this book sounds awesome! Have to read it :)

Igor Mišić says:

3:58 Bob White xD That’s what happened when you listening books on 2x

Grim says:

Among the many things I learned from the book was the importance of celebrity endorsements for your products. Signing key athletes and actors really propelled sales of Nikes. Pretty good book imo. I’ll be looking out for that video discussing the quotes from the book.

crinclespandecoco says:

Trust the process, Joel Embiid

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