Like Ghost Dog, but with less violence
For almost a year now I've been reading reviews and blog posts telling me to read Shoe Dog by Phil Knight, the founder of Nike.
I put it on my Amazon wish list (this is how I avoid buying most of the books I am interested in) months ago, and kept bumping it to the top by adding it again and again every time I saw it mentioned. I was a bit reluctant, partly because my brain was confusing Phil Knight with Suge Knight, the unsavory bad guy in Straight Outta Compton.
Last week I finally got the book and finished it on Monday.
Shoe Dog was as good as everyone said. It's basically an autobiography covering the early years of Nike and the huge struggle to get the company going and keep it alive for the first couple of decades.
I found it tremendously inspiring, particularly as I am struggling to build a successful English school at the moment (and enjoying it tremendously). Phil Knight has written a book for entrepreneurs that feels a bit like On Writing (by Stephen King) felt like for writers.
So if you enjoy inspiring biographies, or are interested in business, or want to read a story with a lot of emotion quietly packed into it, I recommend Shoe Dog.
Anyone else read Shoe Dog? What did you think? Any other good books I should be reading?