“The most important thing is a person. A person who incites your curiosity and feeds your curiosity; and machines cannot do that in the same way that people can.” – Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs is known by almost everyone. He was an intelligent and innovative thinker. Jobs is still an icon for millions of entrepreneurs. Early in his life, he was smart but directionless, also least interested in regular books and school life. However, his hunger for knowledge has been the biggest secret behind his success. Jobs wanted to explore life and seek knowledge to develop new business opportunities. He also visited India in his spiritual quest.

Apple was not built in a day. It was born out of the intelligent minds of Jobs and Wozniac. Everything they learned earlier in their life was put into practice. The level of understanding Jobs developed in technology field was definitely the result of years of learning and dedication. During the time of Jobs, there was no Kindle Reader, YouTube or Blogs. The only source available to look for something was books.

Here are 5 Books Highly Recommended by Steve Jobs-

1 The Tao of Programming

 by Geoffrey James

Originally published: 1987
Author: Geoffrey James
Country: United States of America
Genres: Computer programming, Satire

Fun factoid: This book was very much loved by Steve Jobs. It's about computer programming based on the classics of Taoism.

It consists of a series of short anecdotes divided into nine books:

The Silent Void, The Ancient Masters, Design, Coding, Maintenance, Management, Corporate Wisdom, Hardware and Software, Epilogue

2 The Innovator's Dilemma

by Clayton Christensen

Originally published: 1997
Author: Clayton M. Christensen
Country: United States of America
Genre: Business theory

Fun factoid: In 2014, Christensen believed that Jobs's iconic products, the iPad and the iPhone, were ripe for disruption.

This book is the most well-known work of the Harvard professor and businessman Clayton Christensen. He demonstrates how successful, outstanding companies can do everything “right” and yet still lose their market leadership – or even fail – as new, unexpected competitors rise and take over the market. There are two key parts to this dilemma.

Shortly after the release of the book, Christensen "received the Global Business Book Award for The Innovator’s Dilemma and The Economist named it as one of the six most important books about business ever written". It also received the Global Business Book Award as the best business book of the year (1997).

3 Inside the Tornado

by Geoffrey A. Moore

Originally published: 5 October 1995
Author: Geoffrey Moore

Fun factoid: Apple's product release cycle is closely tied to Geoffrey Moore's theory of early adopters as key to a technology's eventual success.

This is a pretty good book. For someone without much experience in business, it's pretty handy and simple to understand. Once a product "crosses the chasm" it is faced with the "tornado," a make or break time period where mainstream customers determine whether the product takes off or falls flat. In Inside the Tornado, Moore details various marketing strategies that will teach marketers how to reach these customers and how to take advantage of living inside the tornado in order to reap the benefits of mainstream adoption.

4 Autobiography of a Yogi

by Paramahansa Yogananda

Originally published: 1946
Author: Paramahansa Yogananda
Original language: English
Subjects: Autobiography, Memoir

Fun factoid: This was the only e-book found on Jobs's personal iPad 2.

This book is about the life of Paramahansa Yogananda. The book begins with his childhood family life, to finding his guru, to becoming a monk and establishing his teachings of Kriya Yoga meditation.

It has been in print for seventy years and translated into forty-five languages, It has inspired people, such as Steve Jobs, Marc Benioff (CEO of Salesforce.com), actress Mariel Hemingway and many others.

The actor Dennis Weaver gave a copy of the book to Linda Evans, saying that it had changed his life. Evans says that "Because of Dennis I took the first step in what would become a lifelong spiritual journey."

5 Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism

by Chögyam Trungpa

Originally published: 1973
Author: Chögyam Trungpa
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
Country: United States of America
Genre: Tibetan Buddhism

Fun factoid: Trungpa's beliefs in reincarnation may have sparked the speculation that Jobs himself has been reincarnated.

The following series of talks was given in Boulder, Colorado in the fall of 1970 and the spring of 1971. At that time we were just forming Karma Dzong, our meditation center in Boulder. "Although most of my students were sincere in their aspiration to walk on the spiritual path, they brought to it a great deal of confusion, misunderstanding, and expectation. Therefore, I found it necessary to present to my students an overview of the path and some warnings as to the dangers along that path".

These talks first discuss the various ways in which people involve themselves with spiritual materialism, the many forms of self-deception into which aspirants may fall. After this tour of the sidetracks along the way, the book discusses the broad outlines of the true spiritual path.


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