Inc.com has a book list from Steve Jobs. I’m assuming it was compiled from old info… I feel they may be reaching a little saying that Steve Jobs would want us to read them. But, it is always interesting what interesting people do and, consequently, read.
It’s a varied list. Some names we know, so that are a bit obscure. Their article also include some “fun factoids” – who doesn’t enjoy a little trivia? In regards to the list they say, “…almost all the books are about a single individual overcoming enormous odds and obstacles in order to transform either the world, himself, or both.” You know, that’s a good reason to read a book because we like individuals, overcoming stuff, and transformations. I’m also partial to the world at large.
In no particular order:
- 1984, by George Orwell
- Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand
- Autobiography of a Yogi, by Paramahansa Yogananda
- Be Here Now, by Baba Ram Dass
- Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, by Chogyam Trungpa
- Diet for a Small Planet, by Frances Moore Lappe
- Inside the Tornado, by Geoffrey A. Moore
- Moby Dick, by Herman Melville
- Only the Paranoid Survive, by Andrew S. Grove
- The Innovator’s Dilemma, by Clayton Christensen
- The Tao of Programming, by Geoffrey James
- Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, by Shunryu Suzuki
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