Hi friends, hope we’re all keeping well.
Right now I’m still in a bit of a state of shock after finishing my last day in school, but hopefully writing in these blog posts can help distract me from that bit of emptiness. This week’s book review will be on ‘Shoe Dog’ by Phil Knight, who is one of the founders of a little shoe company, don’t know if you’ve heard of it, called ‘Nike’ or something./s
Anyway, let’s just dive right into it!
😲My Discovery of the Book😲
Well, I think we’ve all heard of the Nike brand before. No matter what you think of their products, policy, or practices, one thing I think everyone can agree on is the power of their brand name.
It’s one of my life goals to set up a successful and powerful business, so I’m always interested to hear about others’ endeavours and journeys, and possibly learn some lessons from their failures and mistakes.
Shoe Dog is a perfect example of a book that illustrates the journey of an entrepreneur. I originally discovered it through, once again, various different Instagram book review pages, and eventually found it in one of my local bookstores. Urged on by the fantastic book reviews, I bought it without much hesitation, and now it sits proudly on one of my bookshelves.
There’s not much else to really say on my discovery of this book, so let’s move on!
Got some really short and sweet lessons from this book.
-Start before you’re ready (in a business context)
-If you’re going to fail, fail fast. Wisdom is an asset
-Life is all about growth. You either grow with it or you die
-Life is interesting when it is challenging
-It’s always easy to sell something you actually believe in
-Don’t tell people how to do things; tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results
-When you make, improve, deliver, or add some new thing/service to the lives of strangers, to help them be happier, healthier, safer, or better, you’re participating more fully in the whole grand human drama.
– “The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones”
-“I let them be, let them do, let them make their own mistakes-because that’s how I’d always liked people to treat me”
-“Seek a calling, even if you don’t know what that means, seek it”
❓Who Would Like This Book?❓
-People who wish to start a business one day might find great insights of the struggles of an early entrepreneur in this book.
-People who enjoy a realistic, riveting, and inspiring story that’s filled with hardships and challenges along every corner.
-People interested in the history of Nike, and how greats brands arise from nothing
🌟How This Book Changed Me🌟
-It’s made me much more interested in the early struggles of entrepreneurs and how they get started. Also, I’m absolutely pumped to begin my own entrepreneur journey now
This book was a joy to read. Our main character, Phil Knight, faces so many challenges and struggles on his journey of building Nike, that you simply can’t help but root for him. From the scheming corporates at Onitsuka, the countless liquidity problems, the Bureaukraken, we get a taste of the many, many problems that the entrepreneur has faced and conquered.
His allies and friends were also really interesting to read about. Johnson, Strasser, Bowerman, Woodell, Hayes, and Werschkul were all super likeable and intriguing people to read about in their own right.
Overall, a truly exceptional book that deserves all the praise it gets. While there aren’t many eye-opening lessons or actionable takeaways you can get, it more than makes you for it with a thrilling and inspiring story of a hopeful and ambitious entrepreneur.
A very, very solid 8.5/10.
If you’ve made it down here, thanks for reading this far, and I hope to see you again in a future post.