Just finished NIKE founder Phil Knight’s book Shoe Dog. An absolute must read, not only for its content, but also for its humor! The true stories about real people are infinitely more fascinating than novels, you see the laughs and the tears in their experiences.
When I read books about Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, and Elon Musk, I felt that these people are geniuses way beyond my league. They knew exactly where they want and are going from the start. But Phil Knight is more like us mortals, improvising as he went along, and just trying his best. His advice was quite intriguing: “Let everyone else call your idea crazy, just keep going. Don’t stop, don’t even think about stopping until you get there, and don’t give much thought towards where there is.” Indeed, in work, I wish we plan strategically and do the right things towards the goals, but very often we end up in a different place from where we thought there is.
NIKE was able to keep most of its founding team for many years, especially those who love sports or running. It boosted my respect for runners who have that grit and optimism. I bought new NIKE free running shoes. Time to get back to regular exercise!