The Book On Steve Jobs
Most experts agree that persons library or what they read can tell you a lot about that person. My belief is that it can tell you a little, a sneak peek if you will.
A pinch of Shakespeare, a dash of diet books and, voila, a genius emerges.
The new biography “Steve Jobs,” written by former Time magazine editor Walter Isaacson, provides a list of some the books that inspired the Apple founder throughout his life, particularly in high school and college. Among Jobs’ greatest influences were William Shakespeare and Zen Buddhism, as well as dieting and meditation books. Here are some of the works that inspired one of the greatest innovators of our time.
“King Lear” by William Shakespeare
Jobs became interested in literature and the arts in his early teens, Isaacson writes. In addition to reaching about science and technology, Jobs read a lot of Shakespeare and “loved” “King Lear.”
“The Innovator’s Dilemma” by Clayton Christensen
Called the book that will change the way you do business by the author, this book “deeply influenced Jobs,” Isaacson wrote.
“Remember, Be Here Now” by Ram Dass
Jobs experimented with drugs at a young age, telling Isaacson he tried pot at 15, and LSD by the end of high school. This book, a guide to meditation and the benefits of psychedelic drugs, “transformed” Jobs and his friends spiritually.
“Diet for a Small Planet” by Frances Moore Lappe
Jobs went through many intense diet fazes through his life, fasting periodically and living as a vegetarian and as a vegan at different points. After reading Lappe’s diet book about comparing food to world politics, Jobs told Isaacson, “that’s when I swore off meat pretty much for good.”
“Autobiography of a Yogi” by Paramahansa Yogananda
Jobs first read this book about spirituality and meditation when he was a teenager, and reread it many times throughout his life. Isaacson wrote that this was the only book Jobs ever downloaded on his iPad 2.