Very few tech CEOs are there in the world that had an immense following not just in terms of their tech saviness but also because of their philosophies and their ideologies in life. One of them was Steve Jobs, he is famous to not only turn around the Apple’s fortunes into the biggest and most powerful tech company in the world.
In his biography Steve Jobs by Walter Issacson, Jobs spoke about the books that had an impact on his life. Here are the nine books that, as per the book and other sources, had an influence on Jobs and the ones he recommended:
1 | King Lear By William Shakespeare
As per the book, Jobs got really into literature in the last two years of high school. “I started to listen to music a whole lot,” he told Issacson, “and I started to read more outside of just science and technology — Shakespeare, Plato. I loved King Lear.”
2 | Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Isaacson draws a connection between Captain Ahab of Moby Dick and Steve Jobs. As per the biography, Jobs found himself relating to Captain Ahab, one of “the most willful and driven characters in literature” (the other being King Lear).
3 | The Collected Poems Of Dylan Thomas By Dylan Thomas
The poem “Do not go gentle into that good night” was a favourite of Steve Jobs, as per a report by Groovy Post. As per “How To Think Like Steve Jobs” author Daniel Smith, Welsh poet Dylan Thomas’ books “drew him (Jobs) in with its striking new forms and unerringly popular touch.”
4 | Be Here Now By Ram Dass
“It was profound. It transformed me and many of my friends.”, Jobs told Issacson.
5 | Diet For A Small Planet By Frances Moore Lappe
Diet for a Small Planet is about vegetarianism and seems to have brought about a change in Jobs’ eating habits. “That’s when I pretty much swore off meat for good,” Jobs mentioned to Issacson.
6 | Mucusless Diet Healing System By Arnold Ehret
Mucusless Diet Healing System is written by a 20th century German dietitian Arnold Ehret. “I got into it in my typical nutso way,” Jobs tells Issacson.
7 | Autobiography Of A Yogi By Paramhansa Yogananda
Jobs says in the book: “There was a copy there of “Autobiography of a Yogi” in English that a previous traveler had left, and I read it several times, because there was not a lot to do, and I walked around the village to village and recovered from my dysentery.”
8 | Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind By Shunryu Suzuki
“Zen has been a deep influence in my life ever since,” Jobs told Issacson. “At one point I was thinking about going to Japan and trying to get into the Eihei-ji monastery, but my spiritual advisor urged me to stay here (in California).”
9 | The Innovator’s Dilemma By Clayton M Christensen
Clayton Christensen calls “the innovator’s dilemma,” where people who invent something are usually the last ones to see past it, and we certainly don’t want to be left behind.”