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Steve Jobs was one of the most iconic and innovative people in modern history. If you want that kind of success, maybe you should start with these books. Here are 11 books Steve Jobs wanted everyone to read now.
- “1984” by George Orwell. It follows a man who went up against an all-knowing and all-watching government that was trying to control everyone’s thoughts and actions. It was also the inspiration from Apple’s iconic “1984” Macintosh commercial.
- “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand. It follows a man who separated from society to become a world-class innovator and inventor. One of the last movies Steve Job watched was the film adaptation of the book.
- “Be Here Now” by Baba Ram Dass. It follows the author’s spiritual transformation through yoga. This book inspired Steve Jobs to try LSD for the first time.
- “Only the Paranoid Survive” by Andrew S. Grove. It’s about a CEO who found success, then failed, and found success again. Much like Steve Jobs…
- “Inside the Tornado” by Geoffrey A. Moore. It’s the sequel to the author’s “Crossing the Chasm” and is about innovators finding customers.
- “The Tao of Programming” by Geoffrey James. It’s a collection of parables about computer programming based on Taoism.
- “Moby Dick” by Herman Melville. It follows a sea captain who will not rest until he kills the whale that destroyed his ship and bit off his leg. Do you see where Steve Jobs got his determination to outdo his rivals now?
- “The Innovator’s Dilemma” by Clayton Christensen. It’s about technology getting to a certain point where it can no longer be incrementally innovative and that smaller companies have to tear it down to re-invent it.
- “Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism” by Chogyam Trungpa. The book is about letting go of everything to achieve re-incarnation, which sparked Steve Jobs’ spiritual beliefs.
- “Autobiography of a Yogi” by Paramahansa Yogananda. The author describes the world’s events and miracles through his life experiences. The ebook was on Steve Jobs’ iPad 2 before he died.
- “Diet for a Small Planet” by Frances Moore Lappe. It’s a cookbook about how to eat a high protein diet without meat. Of course, Steve Jobs was a vegetarian.