January book of the month

One of my goals this year is to read at least one book per month! In addition to reading at least one book per month, I will also be writing a blog post about each book to reflect. If you want to join me– I would be happy to let you know what book I have planned for the upcoming months!

Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

This book was absolutely beautifully written. You should read this book if you are building a business or have ever thought your big idea might be crazy.

Phil Knight wrote Shoe Dog about his “crazy idea” to start Nike. On January 25, 1964, the company was founded as Blue Ribbon Sports and officially became Nike in 1971. The name Nike was inspired by the Greek goddess of victory.

Here’s a few of my biggest lessons and takeaways from this book:

1. Mothers are our first coaches

As we go about the trials and tribulations of everyday life, remember to slow down and thank your Mom for being your very first coach. Knight reflects on the role his mother played in his life and in his business. “Who can say how differently everything would have turned out if my mother hadn’t stopped the podiatrist from surgically removing that wart and hobbling me for an entire track season? Or if she hadn’t told me that I could run fast? Or if she hadn’t bought that first pair of Limber Ups, putting my father in his place?”

If it wasn’t for Knight’s mother, Nike may not exist today. What lessons can you bring to the world that you may have not learned if it weren’t for your mother’s influence?

2. Hit pause, think long and hard about how you want to spend your time and with whom you want to spend it with for the next 40 years

“God, how I wish I could relive the whole thing. Short of that, I’d like to share the experience, the ups and the downs, so that some young man or woman, somewhere, going through the same trials and ordeals, might be inspired or comforted. Or warned. Some young entrepreneur, maybe, some athlete or painter or novelist, might press on.” -Phil Knight

3. Don’t settle for a job or a profession, or even a career. Seek a calling

This phrase alone is incredibly powerful. Knight said, “even if you don’t know what that means, seek it. If you’re following your calling, the fatigue will be easier to bear, the disappointments will be fuel, the highs will be like nothing you’ve ever felt.”

In summary, I could not recommend this book more. There are so many valuable lessons and takeaways. As an entrepreneur myself, I found great comfort knowing that I am not alone in this journey.

What books have you read this month? I’m always looking for new books to add to my reading list!