My Notes on Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

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I recently read “Shoe Dog” by Phil Knight.

Shoe Dog is about the founding of Nike as told from the perspective of its founder Phil Knight, from 1962 to the present. It’s an excellent story of building a company from zero and weathering all the existential challenges along the way.

Here are my notes from the book:

Work and Play

“If my life was to be all work and no play, I wanted my life to be play”


Johnson is a super interesting employee

This shows the power of fanatical supporters as employees

Companies and Trust

“Why are you doing this?”

“Because if you can’t trust the company your son is working for then who can you trust?”

The Hardest Things

The thought crossed our minds that some of the hardest things said in our lifetimes are said softly

The Book of Five Rings

The book of five rings

Races and Companies

Whether you’re running a race or a company

Don’t Tell People How

Don’t tell people how to do things Tell them what do to And let them surprise you with the results

Trade and War

When goods don’t pass international borders, soldiers will

General Vo Nguyen Giap

General Vo Nguyen Giap defeated the Japanese, French, Americans, and the Chinese

“I was a professor of the jungle”