Perfect for: Entrepreneurship, Inspiration, Realism
Length: 400 pages
Depth: Light and non-technical read
This is a memoir about the founding of Nike. Phil Knight (the founder) describes both his personal and business life year-by-year from 1962 until 1980. This book covers from Nike’s initial inception to when it became a publicly traded company and the entire roller coaster ride in between.
All the Feels:
Phil Knight started his first shoe business when he was 25 after spending a year traveling the world. He saw the value in traveling and seeing the world while he was young. I found that VERY relatable.
My Main Takeaway(s):
Entrepreneurship often requires sacrificing some of your personal life. The author touches on how his relationship with his children and wife was tested many times throughout the first 20 years of Nike.
When owning a business, success is temporary, there is always another massive problem waiting around the corner.
Being able to identify strengths and weakness is an invaluable skill to have when founding a company. You will not be able to do everything on your own, nor should you. Placing individuals in roles that align with their strengths provides the greatest return. These roles should be expanded and changed over time to enable the individual to continually be challenged and grow.