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  • James Chin

Inspirational quotes to kick off 2019! From Nike founder Phil Knight.

To kick off the new year, I would like to share some inspirational quotes that resonated with me from a memoir I recently read called “Shoe Dog”, written by Nike founder Phil Knight.

In it, Mr. Knight shares the inside story of how Nike began. It’s a fascinating read of the company’s humble beginnings, his belief in the sport of running, his decision to start his own business/to be an entrepreneur. Today, Nike or “the swoosh” is one of the biggest most recognizable brands in the world, with an annual turnover of about $36 billion.

A new year calls for a fresh start, perhaps a new mindset to steer you towards being the best version of yourself in 2019. Here are some of my favourite quotes from Mr Knight:

“Our time is short, shorter than we ever know.”

“Make your life so much more.”

“Patton: a soldier in shoes is only a soldier, but in boots he becomes a warrior.”

“It wasn’t selling. I believed in running.”

“People sensing my belief, wanted some of that belief for themselves.”

“Forget your limits. Forget your doubts.”

“I wanted to build something that was my own.”

“The easiest way to find out how you feel about someone. Say goodbye.”

“Life is growth. You grow or you die.”

“Best way to reinforce skill is to teach someone.”

“Teams have tightened and lost. Gaze toward the future and relax.”

“Think long and hard about how you want to spend your time the next (number) of years and who you want to spend with.”

“Worry about nothing.”

“Have faith in yourself.”


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