“Play by the rules, but be ferocious,” advises Phil Knight, the brains behind one of today’s most popular sports brands, Nike. There’s even more to learn from Knight, too.
After graduating from the University of Oregon with a degree in journalism, Knight enrolled in Stanford Graduate School of Business where he discovered his love of entrepreneurship. Soon after graduation, he found himself partnering with his old track coach Bill Bowerman to launch sports shoe company Blue Ribbon Sport in 1964. By 1971, the co-founders saw much success and renamed the company Nike.
Today, Knight is recognized as not only a top business magnate, but a philanthropist and bestselling author, too. He’s donated more than $2 billion to his alma maters, as well as to the Oregon Health and Science University.
To learn more from Knight, here are 12 quotes on leadership, rule-breaking, growth and more.