The Big Importance of The Little Things

Friday Book Review of The Little Things by Andy Andrews

Book Cover of The Little ThingsWhen the first line of an Author’s Note exclaims “Gosh, you’re still here. That’s a good sign, I suppose,” you know you’re in for a ride.

Then you’re urged to rip pages out of the book, stuff them in your pocket, and pull them out to read when standing in line somewhere.

Then you get to the Preface, which is a single page entitled Preface with the words “Ha! I’m just kidding. There’s not a preface. Turn the page.”

Yeah, this book’s going to be different. Trust me, that’s a good thing.

At first glance, The Little Things by renowned author and speaker Andy Andrews appears to have, pardon the pun, little to offer. It’s just 160 pages. My hardcover copy fit into my car’s coin tray.

Before this, I’d never read any of his books, though I had heard of him. It’s hard not to have, when such works as The Traveler’s Gift and The Noticer have sold millions of copies. Andrews is known for providing great insight in a down-to-earth way.

The Little Things does it. It’s a fun ride, but the lessons he teaches are substantial.

A Great Business Book in Disguise

Friday Book Review of Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

Image of the book Shoe DogShoe Dog is an unusual book. It’s not quite a biography, covering a limited portion of Phil Knight’s life founding and running Nike. Nor is it a traditional business book, because it doesn’t foist bulleted lessons onto you. The best category for Knight’s book doesn’t exist: “Learn From My Experience.”

And what experience he has to share.

As the founder and longtime CEO of Nike, Knight presided over the explosive growth of a shoe and, later, full-featured athletics apparel company. Nike’s sales are now about $31 billion, but it all began in his childhood home in Oregon.