I bought this book for my 16 year old. I wasn’t planning to read it myself.
As the cover says, it’s a memoir by the creator of Nike, Phil Knight.
My son loves shoes. He loves finding out about how people make money. And he’s a voracious reader.
My son loved it. His review: “Cool, but it all sounded a bit unbelievable.”
After he said that… I couldn’t help it. I had to read it for myself.
I loved it!
At the time of the book being published, Phil was 78 years old. He tells the story of his childhood, his education, his travels, his career pathway, the tales of setting up a business, launching NIKE, the struggles, his family life and his life lessons. He has a few “life regrets” which I do admire him for sharing.
I don’t usually read memoirs. Yet I found it exciting. Insightful. Gripping. It’s quite a ride.
It’s very easy to read. And it’s a brilliant story.
I learned so many things:
Phil was one of the first people to introduce Japanese-made sneakers into the American market.
He had to work as a full time accountant, while trying to run his shoe business.
At one point, his shoe selling business (the one he ran, before he created Nike) was making millions of dollars, but he was still flat broke.
He travelled all over the world as a young man and was introduced to different cultures and philosophies, which gave him a broad appreciation of the world and people.
And lastly… I finally realised that I will never become a billionaire. Phil’s life – as visionary and exciting as it was – was just waaaay too work focused, insanely stressful and he lived on the edge of financial ruin for years. Don’t think I could handle that, haha oh well!