His colleagues called him Bucky the Bookkeeper.
His company was on the brink of bankruptcy multiple times.
His credit card was declined while trying to rent a car in 1974.
Six years later, he was worth $178 million.
Today, he is worth $37 billion.
Do you know who this person is, or what company he started?
Bill Gates named ********* one of his five favorite books of 2016 and called it “an amazing tale, a refreshingly honest reminder of what the path to business success really looks like. It’s a messy, perilous, and chaotic journey, riddled with mistakes, endless struggles, and sacrifice. ******** opens up in ways few CEOs are willing to do.”
“The best book I read last year was *****. ***** is a very, wise, intelligent and competitive fellow who is also a gifted storyteller.”- Warren Buffett
”A touching, highly entertaining adventure odyssey, with much to teach about innovation and creativity. **** takes us back to the Big Bang of the ***, recalls how he first begged and borrowed from reluctant banks, how he assembled a crew of eccentric but brilliant misfits, how they all worked together to build something unique and paradigm-changing. An inspiration for everyone with an unconventional dream.”—Michael Spence, Nobel-prize winning economist
Here’s a hint: the name of the book is Shoe Dog
Still not sure?
It’s a memoir by Phil Knight, the creator of Nike.
It’s an entertaining and informative look at the history of Nike, and is the Read to Lead** book for this year’s incoming freshmen in Villanova’s School of Business.
Hidden gem: you’ll find out exactly how much Nike paid the graphics designer who created the famous swoosh logo…
*image from Short Form
**Update to Read to Lead post: here are the Read to Lead books since 2015:
- Do the Kind Thing
- How Google Works
- The Upstarts: Uber, Airbnb, and the Battle for the New Silicon Valley
- Leading Matters: Lessons from My Journey (John Hennessy)