Books: I just finished listening to the audiobook of "Shoe Dog"by Phil Knight. From the Goodreads rreview (here):
.... But Knight, the man behind the swoosh, has always remained a mystery. Now, for the first time, in a memoir that is candid, humble, gutsy, and wry, he tells his story, beginning with his crossroads moment. At 24, after backpacking around the world, he decided to take the unconventional path, to start his own business—a business that would be dynamic, different.
Knight details the many risks and daunting setbacks that stood between him and his dream—along with his early triumphs. Above all, he recalls the formative relationships with his first partners and employees, a ragtag group of misfits and seekers who became a tight-knit band of brothers. Together, harnessing the transcendent power of a shared mission, and a deep belief in the spirit of sport, they built a brand that changed everything.
And from the Wall Street Journal review "Five Things We Learned (or Didn't) From Nike C0-Founder Phil Knight's Memoir" (here):
This week, Nike Inc. co-founder Phil Knight released his memoir, “Shoe Dog,” detailing his company’s early days as an ad-hoc sneaker distributor. The 383-page tome is the most significant contribution to the public record by the media-shy Mr. Knight, 78, who plans to step down from his duties as Nike chairman this year. The memoir isn’t the first book written about Nike, nor is it the most comprehensive—”Shoe Dog” focuses on the years before the company’s IPO in 1980–but the following are some takeaways from reading it: