31 plus years into our marriage and we finally figured out the beauty of the winter vacation. Nothing like sitting in the sun and getting a break from the cold. While basking in the captain obvious moment I decided to take two easy read books with me that both turned out to be fully entertaining and insightful.

99 Stories of the GameThe first book was 99 Stories of the Game by Wayne Gretzky with Kirstie McLellan Day  This book took me back to the formative years of my childhood. I was intrigued with Gretzky’s knowledge of past generations of hockey players and his depth of knowledge on the details in their stories. But it was his writing of his time with the Oilers, Canada Cups, and Kings that was so much fun for me. These are the teams I watched. These players are my peers. Having grown up around the corner from Paul Coffey, I could see his poke check in the Canada Cup as Gretzky described it like it was yesterday in my mind. This is a good book for anyone into hockey. I would strongly recommend it. The only objection I have with the book, tongue in cheek – sort of, is Gretzky’s version of the 1993 Leafs versus Kings semi-final. Sorry Wayne, I just didn’t see it the way that you did, #bloodisblood!shoe dog

The second book was Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight. This is a great read. I highly recommend that anyone who wants to be inspired about their leadership potential and entrepreneurial spirit read this one. Knight, recounts his story of the start up and development of Nike. The risks taken, the failures along the way, the key relationships developed and the needed timing to make Nike into what it is today. No doubt this story is full of revisionist history but it is still worth the read. A quick read that I found insightful.