Steve Jobs – these six books inspired him to write advice

  • FROMJessica Bradley


Steve Jobs was posthumously awarded the Medal of Freedom. In line with this honor, we present you six books that inspired him during his lifetime. My tip for the book.

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President Joe Biden posthumously awarded Steve Jobs the highest civilian decoration in the United States, the Medal of Freedom. His wife Laurene Powell Jobs adopted him for her late husband.

The wife of Steve Jobs and Joe Biden

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Six books were written during his lifetime that inspired Jobs and that he recommended to anyone who asked for it. Today I would like to introduce these six books. Two of them are my favorite books and have been with me for several years.

Andrew S. Grove: “Only Paranoids Will Survive”

A book recommended by the editors of General Computing, Only the Paranoid Survive explores the inevitable fundamental changes in business that are changing the foundations of business, crushing incumbents and elevating newbies to power and wealth. It’s important to recognize these changes, deal with them, and ultimately even benefit from them.

Andrew S. Grove “Only Paranoids Will Survive”

This non-fiction book deals with business management and crisis response knowledge.

Cover of “Only the Paranoid Survive” by Andrew S. Grove

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“Enormous change is sweeping the American business community at a rapid and ever-increasing pace,” writes Andy Grove in his book, “Only paranoids survive and survive only those companies that struggle to keep up with change. After all, Grove should know. As Intel’s CEO, he faced one of the biggest challenges in the business world in 1994, when the flaws of the company’s new flagship product, the Pentium processor, turned into front-page controversy that seriously threatened Intel’s future.

Andrew S. Grove “Only Paranoids Will Survive”

Andrew S. Grove “Only Paranoids Will Survive”

1997, Campus Verlag, ISBN 13-978-3-593-35783-6

Price: (antique shop) hardcover 272.33 €, paperback 129.90 €, number of pages: 264 Order now (promotional link)

George Orwell “1984”

The famous classic of George Orwell, telling about a totalitarian system and a surveillance state.

London, 1984: Winston Smith, a government history forger, falls in love with the beautiful and mysterious Julia. Together they begin to question the totalitarian world they were a part of. But even their thoughts are a crime, and Big Brother keeps a watchful eye on any potential dissident.

George Orwell “1984”

This book is one of my favorite Orwell books, along with Animal Farm. It has an overwhelming gravity and is more relevant today than ever.

The cover of “1984” by George Orwell

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George Orwell “1984”

2021, Anaconda Verlag, ISBN 13-978-3-730-60976-7

Price: hardcover € 6.95, e-book € 5.99, pages: 400 (deviates from format) Order now (promotional link)

Clayton M. Christensen “The dilemma of innovators”

This non-fiction book is also about companies. Especially when it comes to management and growth orientation.

About content Christensen’s groundbreaking work, The Innovator’s Dilemma, was published in 1997 and is today one of the most important books on management. The New York Times bestseller has been translated into more than ten languages ​​and has received numerous awards. Companies fail for many reasons.

Clayton M. Christensen “The dilemma of innovators”

Cover of The Innovators Dilemma by Clayton M. Christensen

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Clayton M. Christensen “The dilemma of innovators”

2011, Vahlen, ISBN 13-978-3-800-63791-1

Price £. Hardcover € 29.80, e-book € 23.99, pages: 280 (deviates from format) Order now (promotional link)

Herman Melville “Moby Dick”

It’s also one of my absolute favorite books. It was the same with Steve Jobs, according to statements, his release was reportedly very torn.

Ever since he lost his leg at sea to fight the legendary white whale, Ahab, the high-handed captain of the Pequod whaler, was filled with boundless hatred. Driven by a desire for revenge, and ignoring his losses, Ahab sets out on a fierce hunt for his ghastly opponent.

Herman Melville “Moby Dick”

In my opinion, each of us has our “White Whale”, whether it is a goal, a wish or an unresolved past, it is different for everyone.

Cover of “Moby Dick” by Herman Melville

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Herman Melville “Moby Dick”

2012, Anaconda Verlag, ISBN 13-978-3-866-47764-3

Price: hardcover € 4.95, e-book € 0.99, number of pages: 320 (deviates from the format) Order now (promotional link)

Ayn Rand “Atlas Dumps the World”

I only found the first edition of this book. However, it should be re-titled “Strike”. It’s a novel that has both an entrepreneur story and a little love story.

The novel tells the story of Dagna Taggart, the heiress of a transcontinental railroad that seeks to prevent the collapse of the US economy as a result of the mysterious disappearance of successful industrialists.

Ayn Rand “Atlas Dumps the World” Wikipedia

Atlas Drops the World cover art Ayn Rand

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Ayn Rand “Atlas Dumps the World”

1989, Blanvalet, ISBN 13-978-3-764-55443-9

Price: (antiquarium) bound book 481.83 €, number of pages: 1325 Order now (promotional link)

Nick Hornby “High Fidelity”

I absolutely have to get this book. It sounds very interesting to me.

When Rob Fleming, 35, the owner of a poorly performing record store, is left behind by his girlfriend Laura, he first sorts his record collection in peace and enjoys a return to being single. But maybe albums and women are not mutually exclusive? The literary adaptation of men’s strange relationship with Nick Hornby’s records became a bestseller, enhanced by the Stephen Frears film adaptation.

Nick Hornby “High Fidelity”

The cover of “High Fidelity” by Nick Hornby

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Nick Hornby “High Fidelity”

2016, Kiwi paperback, ISBN 13-978-3-462-04993-0

Price: paperback 10.99 €, e-book 6.99 €, number of pages: 320 (different format) Order now (promotional link)

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