Shoe Dog

Shoe Dog

One of my favorite authors, and book reviewers, for that matter, is Ryan Holiday. Every month, he sends out reviews of the top books he’s read that month and gives some great recommendations. Needless to say, he reads a lot if he’s doing monthly book reviews with 5-7 books at a time.

At the tail end of 2016, he sent out a “best-of-the-best“, giving his favorite books for the year. Shoe Dog was on there.

I trust and respect Ryan’s endorsement for books heavily, so I knew I had to read this one. It took me over 6 months to pick this book up, however, and I’m beating myself up over it. I wished I bought it sooner because it was amazing.

Phil Knight, the founder of Nike, laid everything out on the table. This memoir is personable, authentic, and passionate. I felt like I was in his shoes (get it?) the entire story. What I really liked most was how easy it was to read and how the majority of the book was focused on the start of his business life. It wasn’t about all of his successes but mostly on the struggles to get there.

Whether you are new to the business book world or are looking for a great story – this book fits both ends of the spectrum.

Who This Book Is For:

Aspiring entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs.

Favorite Quote:

I turned out the light and went and sat in front of the TV with Penny. Neither of us was really watching. She was reading a book and I was doing calculations in my head. By this time next week Bowerman would be worth $9 million. Cale — $6.6 million. … Fantasy numbers. Numbers that meant nothing. I never knew that numbers could mean so much, and so little, at the same time.” He continued that when he woke the next day, “The world was the same as it had been the day before, as it had always been. Nothing had changed, least of all me. And yet I was worth $178 million.”

Unofficial Rating: 8.2/10

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