I love to read. Getting lost in books and a glass of wine is always a good time to me, but with life and building a business, I found myself making less and less time to finish the books I started. So, a few months ago I decided to make a concerted effort to feed my mind more. Instead of indulging in mindless TV I decided to pick up a book when I needed some me time. It has been amazingly refreshing so, I thought I'd share my current read - it's pretty applicable to what we do here. :)
Phil Knight, the pioneering business executive who recently stepped down as Nike chairman in June, said that after earning his Master’s degree from Stanford in his mid-twenties, he felt “like the same shy, pale, rail-thin kid I’d always been” and had never “done the unexpected." Knight, who published his memoir, Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike, writes about his “crazy idea” to build a sneaker company and his drive to “just keep going." In the process, he's not only given us the blueprint for building an empire - he's given us hope and something to inspire to.
While his journey led him to build one of the world's largest and most profitable companies, it was the struggle, the fight, and the often uncertain future of his "Blue Ribbon" idea that made Nike what it is today.
If you haven't read it, or even if you have, we've compiled five quotes that really hit home from the book. These are quotes that I've written down in my journal, pinned up on my vision board, and found comfort in as I too chase my dream.
1. You've got to want to win.
2. The most epic things sometimes come out of disappointment.
*Side note*: The Cortez has been my favorite Nike shoe. I have multiple colors and I'll never give them up. Seeing the story behind this sneaker made me giddy. Like, giggles and hand claps.
3. There is power and new life in giving up. There is nothing in stopping altogether.
4. Get used to the bullseye.
5. Find purpose in your failures - then do better.
My main take away? If you want to know how successful people became successful, read their stories. There is usually no big science to it. Nor is there a strict formula that only a few know. It's all in the DESIRE for more than what's expected, a YEARN for the freedom to do something that matters to you, and the GUTS to pursue your passion even in the face of loss, failure, and changes.
Awesome read. SWOOSH.