My face when I imagine myself running "a few miles every day."
Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
Hi Dawgies, Phil Knight, the founder of Nike, ran track at the University of Oregon, the school that I got my degree at. You know if you've ever visited the campus there that the surname "Knight" is plastered all over the campus in a sort of architectural collage. Sometimes Eugene, Oregon, is called "Nike-Town."
The Knight Library
The Knight Law Center
The Knight Arena
At the age of 24, Phil Knight was tired of the grind and considering acting on a "crazy idea" he'd had in graduate school. He knew about running shoes, and had a hunch about the Japanese shoe market.
"I believed in running. I believed that if people got out and ran a few miles every day, the world would be a better place, and I believed these shoes were better to run in. People, sensing my belief, wanted some of that belief for themselves."
With a couple loans from his Dad, he traveled to Japan and made an appointment to propose his idea to the folks who could make it happen. That was the beginning of a very successful career for him.
Phil Knight may be one of very few people in the world whose passion is shoes. Even if we don't consider a lifetime spent building a shoe empire our ideal, today's nugget boils down the root of success to a knowing your passion.
Some of us consider success to be family or fitness or maybe it is a small business or travel. We could even read that passage as a mission statement. Nike started with Phil Knight acting on a seed of an idea that he could get behind, and that's really inspiring to me, and I hope it's inspiring to you too!