A memoir about Phil Knight, from his humble beginnings selling shoes for a company called Tiger, to developing his own business that became Nike. It’s an entertaining read in a very cinematic way, composed of highlights from each stage of his life. I’d recommend Shoe Dog for people who want to be inspired to start their own business or to those that love the Nike brand.
This is among my favourite autobiographies. Love love love Phil Knight’s humble storytelling. What a seemingly-never-ending roller coaster ride of stories about how close these guys got to losing it all. It helped to put seemingly difficult things into perspective. Respectable and lovable is the rag tag team of “weirdos” that made Nike possible. I love weirdos.
An absolute pleasure to read. Funny, gut wrenching, intense, inspiring, and nothing short of an emotional ride. For anyone who’s doubted themselves, and assumed a leader has ‘certain alpha qualities’ read this humbling memoir. Even at a net worth of 10 billion, Knight (founder of Nike) admits he’s still shy and somewhat awkward.
This is a book I’ll read again and again. If you’ve ever had a crazy idea, read this book. If you’ve ever wanted to know how much you need to risk, read this book. Entrepreneurs, CEOs, founders, and leaders: read this book.