The 10 songs that inspired the mind of Steve Jobs

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By Toni Arco, on 18 September 2015

Steve Jobs is one of those great professionals whom you would devote a great Admire to (one of the 3 Cyberclick values that helps us to be a happy company). He was not only one of the most successful businessmen of his time - despite having to overcome several setbacks and start virtually from scratch - but his personality and his words managed to inspire those around him to give their best. But what things inspired Steve Jobs?
Shortly before his untimely death, Steve Jobs revealed by accident his favorite songs during the presentation of a product. According to Dr. Victoria Williamson of Goldsmith College (London), "Brain imaging studies have shown that there are different parts of the brain that are activated when listening to music." In other words, you can use songs to "program" your brain, thoughts and feelings in the direction you want. So we leave these 10 songs that inspired the mind of Steve Jobs.
  • 1. "Imagine" (John Lennon)
Jobs sincerely believed that their products could make the world a better place. So no surprise that Lennon was one of his inspirations outside this utopia.
  • 2. "Hard Headed Woman" (Cat Stevens)
In this song, Cat Stevens tells of a woman as "stubborn" as the wife of Steve Jobs: Laurene Powell Jobs, an executive and philanthropist who had all their respect.
  • 3. "Highway 61 Revisited" (Bob Dylan)
This quick and full of irony song perfectly captures the peculiar sense of humor that Jobs always showed in presenting their products to the world. Route 61 crosses almost the entire Mississippi River from Wyoming, Minnesota, to New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • 4. "The Goldberg Variations" (J. S. Bach)
What did our business idol and the famous composer have in common? An incredibly ability to obtain simplicity almost as perfect as the worlds of music and technology are complicated.
  • 5. "Truckin" (The Grateful Dead)
Like most executives, Steve Jobs often traveled for business issues. This song could inspire you to stay creative while traveling.
  • 6. "Late for the Sky" (Jackson Browne)
This ballad speaks of missed opportunities and living life to the fullest. A great song to see things in perspective during difficult times.
  • 7. "Blue in Green" (Miles Davis)
The best classic jazz trumpeter in the world is perfect to relax and calm your mind after a long hard day at work.
  • 8. "Beast of Burden" (Rolling Stones)
Perfect for an individualistic as Jobs was, since it speaks to follow your own path and resist pressures.
  • 9. "Will not Get Fooled Again" (The Who)
"I will not be fooled": the title of this track very well defined business strategy of Jobs, who made several mistakes in his career ... but never repeated the same twice.
  • 10. "Blowin 'in the Wind" (Peter, Paul & Mary)
If "Imagine" Lennon represented the dream world of Jobs, surely this song reminded him of all that remained to be done to achieve it.

By Toni Arco

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Toni Arco