Steven Jobs was an American business magnate, industrial designer, investor, and media proprietor. He was the chairman, chief executive officer (CEO), and co-founder of Apple Inc., the chairman and majority shareholder of Pixar, a member of The Walt Disney Company's board of directors following its acquisition of Pixar, and the founder, chairman, and CEO of NeXT. Jobs is widely recognised as a pioneer of the personal computer revolution of the 1970s and 1980s, along with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.
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"It is the horrible texture of a fabric that should be woven of ships' cables and hawsers. A Polar wind blows through it, and birds of prey hover over it." So Melville wrote of his masterpiece, one of the greatest works of imagination in literary history. In part, Moby-Dick is the story of an eerily compelling madman pursuing an unholy war against ...
Jobs told me that "Moby-Dick" was among his favorite books and he reread it a lot when he was a teen. – source
Steve JobsOct 24, 2011
The bestselling classic on disruptive innovation, by renowned author Clayton M. Christensen. His work is cited by the worlds best-known thought leaders, from Steve Jobs to Malcolm Gladwell. In this classic bestsellerone of the most influential business books of all timeinnovation expert Clayton Christensen shows how even the most outstanding compan...
Jobs was deeply influenced by the book The Innovator's Dilemma. – source
Steve JobsOct 24, 2011
This book is also recommended byMark CubanMichael BloombergAaron LevieEv WilliamsTim O’ReillyGuy KawasakiJeff BezosBen HorowitzDrew HoustonSteve BlankMax LevchinCaterina FakeAjit Pai
"In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's there are few." So begins this most beloved of all American Zen books. Seldom has such a small handful of words provided a teaching as rich as has this famous opening line. In a single stroke, the simple sentence cuts through the pervasive tendency students have of getting so...
During his freshman year at Reed College Jobs befriended Daniel Kottke, who went on to work at Apple, and together they devoured books such as Shunryu Suzuki's "Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind" – source
Steve JobsOct 24, 2011
In this modern spiritual classic, the Tibetan meditation master Chögyam Trungpa highlights a common pitfall to which every aspirant on the spiritual path falls prey: what he calls spiritual materialism. The universal human tendency, he shows, is to see spirituality as a process of self-improvement—the impulse to develop and refine the ego when the ...
Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism" is one of the Jobs' favpurite books. He shared it with his friends and higly recommended it. – source
Steve JobsOct 24, 2011
An autobiographical account of an early nineteenth-century yogi as he reaches self-realization, identification with his larger self, mankind, and union with his God....
The guide to meditation and spirituality that he had first read as a teenager, then re-read in India and had read once a year ever since – source
Steve JobsOct 24, 2011
Here again is the extraordinary bestselling book that taught America the social and personal significance of a new way of eating-- one that remains a complete guide for eating well in the 90s. Featuring: simple rules for a healthy diet; a streamlined, easy-to-use format; delicious food combinations of protein-rich meals without meat; hundreds of wo...
That's when I swore off meat pretty much for good" Jobs recalled. – source
Steve JobsOct 24, 2011
Describes one man's transformation upon his acceptance of the principles of Yoga & gives a modern restatement of the importance of the spiritual side of human nature. Illustrated.The book is divided into four sections:Journey: The Transformation: Dr Richard Alpert, PhD into Baba Ram DassFrom Bindu to Ojas: The Core BookCookbook for a Sacred Life: A...
Jobs found himself deeply influenced by a variety of books on spirituality and enlightment most notably Be Here Now "It was profound" , - Jobs said. "It has transformed me and many of my friends – source
Steve JobsOct 24, 2011
A concise, classic handbook of Buddhist spiritual practice from a renowned Tibetan meditation master. This classic teaching by a Tibetan master continues to inspire both beginners and long-time practitioners of Buddhist meditation. Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche shows that meditation extends beyond the formal practice of sitting to build the foundat...
Steve Jobs and I definitely read Meditation in Action prior to the India trip. – source
For the first time the complete 4 books of the Essene Gospel of Peace are available in one volume. The Essene Gospel of Peace, The Unknown Book of the Essenes, Lost Scrolls of the Essene Brotherhood & The Teachings of the Elect. The Essene Gospel of Peace were found in the Vatican Library and translated by Edmond Bordeaux Szekely Edmond Bordeau...
Steve Jobs and I definitely read The Essene Gospel of Peace prior to the India trip. – source
This book is a systematic introduction to Hindu Mysticism intended mainly for a reader new to the subject. The work of a noted 20th Indian philosopher and teacher, it is an absorbing book to read. From a description of the early sacrificial type, the author goes on to deal with four types of mysticism: the Upanisadic, The Yogic, the Buddistic, and ...
Steve Jobs and I definitely read Hindu Mysticism prior to the India trip. – source
This scientific method of eating, developed by Ehret in 1922, presents a complete, workable program for cleansing, repairing, rebuilding, and maintaining a healthy body. this book lays out Professor Ehret's simple and logical plan in plain, understandable language so that anyone can apply the Ehret method....
Steve Jobs' dietary habits became even more obsessive when he read Mucusless Diet Healing System. – source
A good book may have the power to change the way we see the world, but a great book actually becomes part of our daily consciousness, pervading our thinking to the point that we take it for granted, and we forget how provocative and challenging its ideas once were—and still are. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions is that kind of book. When it ...
The first time I sat down with Steve Jobs, he immediately asked me if I had read The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. I think he was assimilating into this personality, this notion that he found in The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. – source
On The Road swings to the rhythms of 1950s underground America, jazz, sex, generosity, chill dawns and drugs, with Sal Paradise and his hero Dean Moriarty, traveller and mystic, the living epitome of Beat. Now recognized as a modern classic, Kerouac's American Dream is nearer that of Walt Whitman than F. Scott Fitzgerald's, and the narrative goes r...
Steve Jobs and I definitely read On the Road prior to the India trip. – source
2011 Reprint of 1963 Edition. These are the memoirs of the great mystic and teacher who inspired a generation of disciples and followers before, during and briefing after the Second World War. In Meetings With Remarkable Men Gurdjieff introduces us to some of the companions he encountered in his travels to the most remote regions of Central Asia. W...
On his personal spiritual journeys, Steve Jobs derived inspiration from others who had embarked on similar quests for knowledge. – source
The Collected Poems of Dylan Thomas contains poems that Thomas personally decided best represented his work. A year before its publication Thomas died from swelling of the brain triggered by excessive drinking. Since its initial publication in 1953, this book has become the definitive edition of the poet’s work. Thomas wrote “Prologue” addressed to...
One of Steve Jobs' other favorites books growing up. – source
Dhammapada means “the path of dharma,” the path of truth, harmony, and righteousness that anyone can follow to reach the highest good. Easwaran’s translation of this classic Buddhist text is the best-selling edition in its field, praised by Huston Smith as a “sublime rendering.”The introduction gives an overview of the Buddha’s teachings that is pe...
Steve Jobs and I definitely read The Dhammapada prior to the India trip. – source
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Published just one year after "On The Road", this is the story of two men enganged in a passionate search for Dharma or truth. Their major adventure is the pursuit of the Zen Way, which takes them climbing into the High Sierras to seek the lesson of solitude....
Steve Jobs and I definitely read The Dharma Bums prior to the India trip. – source
'It tells of terrible journeys, of men masked against the sun (riding through ethereal regions with their feet frozen), of welcoming fog-girt monasteries lit by butter lamps at the journey's end' New Statesman The Way of the White Clouds is the remarkable narrative of a pilgrimage which could not be made today. Lama Anagarika Govinda was among the ...
Steve Jobs and I definitely read The Way of White Clouds prior to the India trip. – source
In this, the second of Geoff Moore's classic three-part marketing series, Moore provides highly useful guidelines for moving products beyond early adopters and into the lucrative mainstream market. Updated for the HarperBusiness Essentials series with a new author's note.Once a product "crosses the chasm" it is faced with the "tornado," a make or b...
The Diamond Sutra, composed in India in the fourth century CE, is one of the most treasured works of Buddhist literature and is the oldest existing printed book in the world. It is known as the Diamond Sutra because its teachings are said to be like diamonds that cut away all dualistic thought, releasing one from the attachment to objects and brin...
Steve Jobs and I definitely read The Diamond Sutra and The Sutra of Hui-neng prior to the India trip. – source
Shakespeare’s King Lear challenges us with the magnitude, intensity, and sheer duration of the pain that it represents. Its figures harden their hearts, engage in violence, or try to alleviate the suffering of others. Lear himself rages until his sanity cracks. What, then, keeps bringing us back to King Lear? For all the force of its language, King...
I loved King Lear. – source
A Buddhist holy man whose songs have been sung and studied since the twelfth century, Milarepa exchanged a life of sin and maliciousness for one of contemplation and love, eventually reaching—according to his disciples—the ultimate state of enlightenment. His thousands of extemporaneously composed songs communicate complex ideas in a simple, lucid ...
Steve Jobs and I definitely read Songs of Milarepa prior to the India trip. – source
This is the story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world and did. Was he a destroyer or the greatest of liberators?Why did he have to fight his battle, not against his enemies, but against those who needed him most, and his hardest battle against the woman he loved? What is the worlds motor and the motive power of every man? Y...
Steve Jobs read some books that really were his guide in life. I think Atlas Shrugged might have been one of them that he mentioned back then. – source
This book is also recommended byShah Rukh KhanBryan CallenTravis KalanickPeter ThielPeter DiamandisGabby ReeceBob MetcalfeJoe De Sena
Under Andy Grove's leadership, Intel has become the world's largest chip maker and one of the most admired companies in the world. In Only the Paranoid Survive, Grove reveals his strategy of focusing on a new way of measuring the nightmare moment every leader dreads--when massive change occurs and a company must, virtually overnight, adapt or fall ...
This book is about one super-important concept. You must learn about Strategic Inflection Points, because sooner or later you are going to live through one – source
In his definitive introduction to Zen Buddhism, Alan Watts explains the principles and practices of this ancient religion to Western readers. With a rare combination of freshness and lucidity, he delves into the origins and history of Zen to explain what it means for the world today with incredible clarity. Watts saw Zen as “one of the most preciou...
Steve Jobs and I definitely read The Way of Zen prior to the India trip. – source
In this "strange little book" that grew out of the author's experiences living in an experimental commune during the early '70s, "capital" has replaced "land" as the key to human economy. Now is the time for human energy to replace both capital and land as the essential human possession, with which all other things can be achieved....
Steve Jobs and I definitely read Das Energi prior to the India trip. – source
Originally published by the author in 1972, the underground classic Lazy Man's Guide to Enlightenment teaches how to improve the quality of life, to feel good, and to determine what's real. Golas leads the reader down the path toward enlightenment with simple steps, like memorizing key phrases and incorporating them into daily life and thought. Thi...
Steve Jobs and I definitely read The Lazy Man's Guide to Enlightenment prior to the India trip. – source
This is a biography of one of India's greatest saints, written for the West by one of Englands greatest authors....
Steve Jobs and I definitely read Ramakrishna and His Disciples prior to the India trip. – source
Steve Jobs and I definitely read Foundations of Tibetan Mysticism prior to the India trip. – source