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12 Quotes on Leadership, Passion, Hard Work and More from the Entrepreneur Behind Nike Phil Knight

Nike's Phil Knight can teach you a thing or two about entrepreneurship.

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“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.

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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 ofentrepreneurship. 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.

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Today, Knight is not only recognized as a top business magnate, but a philanthropist and best-selling author too. He’s donated over $2 billion to his alma maters, as well as the Oregon Health and Science University.

To learn more from Knight, here are 12 quotes on leadership, rule-breaking, growth and more.

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12 Quotes on Leadership, Passion, Hard Work and More from the Entrepreneur Behind Nike Phil Knight

1. On mindset

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“Play by the rules, but be ferocious.” -- Phil Knight

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12 Quotes on Leadership, Passion, Hard Work and More from the Entrepreneur Behind Nike Phil Knight

2. On leadership

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“Don’t tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.” -- Phil Knight

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12 Quotes on Leadership, Passion, Hard Work and More from the Entrepreneur Behind Nike Phil Knight

3. On empowerment

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“The cowards never started and the weak died along the way -- that leaves us.” -- Phil Knight

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12 Quotes on Leadership, Passion, Hard Work and More from the Entrepreneur Behind Nike Phil Knight

4. On motivation

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“Let everyone else call your idea crazy... Just keep going. Don’t stop. Don’t even think about stopping until you get there, and don’t give much thought to where ‘there’ is. Whatever comes, just don’t stop.” -- Phil Knight

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12 Quotes on Leadership, Passion, Hard Work and More from the Entrepreneur Behind Nike Phil Knight

5. On the future

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“You are remembered for the rules you break.” -- Phil Knight

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12 Quotes on Leadership, Passion, Hard Work and More from the Entrepreneur Behind Nike Phil Knight

6. On hard work

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“The art of competing, I’d learned from track, was the art of forgetting... You must forget your limits. You must forget your doubts, your pain, your past. You must forget that internal voice, screaming, begging, ‘Not one more step!’” -- Phil Knight

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12 Quotes on Leadership, Passion, Hard Work and More from the Entrepreneur Behind Nike Phil Knight

7. On experience

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“How can I leave my mark on the world unless I get out there first and see it? Before running a big race, you always want to walk the track.” -- Phil Knight

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12 Quotes on Leadership, Passion, Hard Work and More from the Entrepreneur Behind Nike Phil Knight

8. On growth

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“Life is growth. You grow or you die.” -- Phil Knight

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12 Quotes on Leadership, Passion, Hard Work and More from the Entrepreneur Behind Nike Phil Knight

9. On moving on

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“Sometimes you have to give up. Sometimes knowing when to give up, when to try something else, is genius. Giving up doesn’t mean stopping. Don’t ever stop.” -- Phil Knight

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12 Quotes on Leadership, Passion, Hard Work and More from the Entrepreneur Behind Nike Phil Knight

10. On passion

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“Seek a calling. Even if you don’t know what that means, seek it. If you’re following your calling, the fatigue will be easier to bear, the disappointments will be fuel, the highs will be like nothing you’ve ever felt.” -- Phil Knight

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12 Quotes on Leadership, Passion, Hard Work and More from the Entrepreneur Behind Nike Phil Knight

11. On confidence

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“Have faith in yourself, but also have faith in faith. Not faith as others define it. Faith as you define it. Faith as faith defines itself in your heart.” -- Phil Knight

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12 Quotes on Leadership, Passion, Hard Work and More from the Entrepreneur Behind Nike Phil Knight

12. On success

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“Beating the competition is relatively easy. Beating yourself is a never-ending commitment.” -- Phil Knight

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