Perhaps the most influential tech entrepreneur of our time, Steve Jobs is one individual who many still learn from almost a decade after his death. From the exceptional manner in which he ran Apple to the amazing principles he lived by, it is no wonder he is such a tech icon.
He was a man of great optimism and this shows in his famous quote:
Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes … The ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules … You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things … They push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world are the ones who do.
During his lifetime, he had a lot of valuable advice to give to young entrepreneurs. On one occasion, he said:
When you first start off trying to solve a problem, the first solutions you come up with are very complex, and most people stop there. But if you keep going, and live with the problem and peel more layers of the onion off, you can oftentimes arrive at some very elegant and simple solutions. Most people just don’t put in the time or energy to get there. We believe that customers are smart, and want objects which are well thought through.
Here is a list of books he recommended while he was alive. They all have the recurring themes of perseverance and self-improvement – the qualities necessary to achieve success.
1. Insanely Simple by Ken Segall
2. Be Here Now, by Baba Ram Dass
3. Diet for a Small Planet, by Frances Moore Lappe;
4. Inside the Tornado, by Geoffrey A. Moore
5. “Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism” by Chogyam Trungpa;
6. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig;
7. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
8.Meetings with Remarkable Men by George Ivanovich Gurdjieff;
9. Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, by Shunryu Suzuki;
10. 1984 by George Orwell
11. The Innovator’s Dilemma, by Clayton Christensen;
12. Only the Paranoid Survive, by Andrew S. Grove;