Shoe Dog

Shoe Dog

A Memoir by the Creator of Nike

Book - 2016
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"In this candid and riveting memoir, for the first time ever, Nike founder and CEO 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. In 1962, fresh out of business school, Phil Knight borrowed $50 from his father and created a company with a simple mission: import high-quality, low-cost athletic shoes from Japan. Selling the shoes from the trunk of his lime green Plymouth Valiant, Knight grossed $8,000 his first year. Today, Nike's annual sales top $30 billion."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2016
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501135910
Branch Call Number: 338.7688 Kn
Description: 386 pages ; 24 cm


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Sep 04, 2018

A wonderful read. I remember back in the mid 70s running track in the white Tigers with red and blue stripes and later having an orange pair of Tigers. I never knew much about this story of Phil Knight. What a drive to succeed in business. The ending is so sad about his son, misty eyes.
Very nice to see how much he has given back to the community.

Aug 18, 2018

Compelling read, I found the message about the American entrepreneurial spirit being stifled and attempted to be extinguished at every next demarcation of success to be refreshing. A real hero's tale of perseverance and competitive spirit.

Nov 29, 2017

great book, easy and entertaining read. highly recommended.
Just read it!

Sep 13, 2017

I think this may be the most captivating, educational, and motivating memoir I have read to this point in my 6+ decades of life. I could easily justify buying my own copy for my personal library, but I'm trying to not add "things" to my life now. If you have never been attracted to biographical books before, this one is a good book to change that situation. I looked for a "ghost writer" since it is so well written but couldn't find any mention. I'm glad I took the chance on it. Get in line; it will be worth your wait.

Jul 07, 2017

My favourite part of this book was to see how hard it was to run a business and how they came up with the name nike and why they had made the logo a swoosh. I liked learning about how many people they had to pay in order to keep working. I would not give any negative feedback about this book.

May 31, 2017

Glad this is my first book for this year. Phil Knight let us be part of his journey right from the start through the struggles, the tides of ups and downs. I would highly recommend this book for anyone who is looking for answers of where to start and to understand how tough the journey would be in pursuit of ones dreams.

Mar 11, 2017

What a journey, what a life! This is a must read for everyone especially young people in search of wisdom and direction in life. To provide that, seems to be the main reason that drove Mr Knight to write this book, insightful, humorous and honest.

In the last chapter of the book:

"It would be nice to help them avoid that typical discouragements. I'd tell them to hit pause, think long and hard about how they want to spend their time, and with whom they want to spend it for the next forty years. I'd tell men and women in their mid twenties not to settle for a job or a profession or even a career. Seek a calling. Even if you don't know what that means, seek it. If you're following your calling, the fatigue will be easier to bear, the disappointments will be fuel, the highs will be like nothing you've ever felt."

"The harder you work, the better your Tao. And since no one has ever adequately defined Tao, I now try to go regularly to mass. I would tell them: Have faith in yourself, but also have faith in faith. Not faith as others defines it. Faith as you define it. Faith as faith defines itself in your heart."

Nov 10, 2016

Couldn't put it down. Phil Knight comes off surprisingly humble, introspective and even funny. Fantastic anecdotes. Some crazy characters helped build Nike, and Knight shares credit with all of them.

Oct 22, 2016

a pleasant surprise, I listen to this in audio form. What an amazing "story". Some really great 1 liners and great advise. Reading his story and living in the area knowing those places he speaks of made such a great connection. I replayed it immediate and borrowed the hard copy. I hope there is a shoe dog II in the future

JB18 Jul 19, 2016

Boring , boring and bad

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