Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by [Knight, Phil]


This is Phil Knight’s memoir, the creator of Nike. It tells the story of Nike’s early beginnings (before it was even called Nike) through 1980 or so. In reading this, I realized I didn’t know much about Nike’s story at all. It’s an honest account of what it’s really like to start a big business – and an important reminder about the sacrifices involved.

BONUS: There is a new show on Netflix called Abstract (about design). The second episode is about one of Nike’s shoe designers, which might be a nice way to follow up your read of Shoe Dog.

Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers by [Ferriss, Timothy]

This book is a massive 700 pages, turning hundreds of podcast interviews into one book. It’s more of a reference book than something you’ll read in order, from cover to cover.

Tim Ferriss takes the best “tactics, routines, and habits” from many of his podcast guests (Jamie Foxx, Seth Godin, and Shaun White – to name three) and condenses each interview into a digestible section of this book. Tim also adds his own thoughts, commentary, and experiences in relation to the advice given.

Note: Tim interviews some amazing guests, but I don’t prefer his podcast (just my opinion). Still, the information is valuable, and I have found this book to be a great way to take it all in (where you can jump around, mark it up, take notes, etc.). So, if you don’t love his podcast I would still give this book a chance.

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