Education books have never really appealed to me, business and military books are genres I've always really been drawn to more. Shoe Dog by Phil Night who is the founder of Nike is an absolutely awesome read for educators.
Learn how Phil night innovated his company, innovated an entire industry, came from behind and built a huge company, had so much grit throughout the early days of Nike as you read you're not really sure if he's going to make it.
A few of my favorite takeaways......
"Don't tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results."
How true is this for education. Tell kids where you want them to go, but don't tell them how to build the road, see what they come up with.
"This is - the moment. This is the moment we've been waiting for. Our moment."
Basically everyday in education - don't waste a moment for kids, you never know when/where you'll connect with a kid to inspire them!
"Fear of failure, I know, will never be our downfall as a company. Not that any of us thought we wouldn't fail; in fact we had ever expectation that we would. But when we did fail, we had faith that we'd do it fast, learn form it, and be better for it."
Mindset over all else, show kids and teachers it's totally ok and encouraged to fail. If you're not failing you're too comfortable and comfort never made anyone famous!
"No other shoe company was trying new things, so our efforts, successful or not, were seen as noble. All innovation was hailed as progressive, forward-thinking. Just as failure didn't deter us, it didn't seem to diminish the loyalty of our customers."
Innovate innovate innovate. Try new ideas, push the envelope, lead from the front, you make some mistakes and get in trouble but kids will benefit at the end of each day!
Lebron James to Phil Night - "Thanks for taking a chance on me!"
Sometimes you just need to believe, go out on a limb and double down. Believe in kids, believe in teachers, believe in yourself!
Check out Shoe Dog by Phil Night, you'll be motivated for sure!