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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Jay Z's Books He Lives By




Recently Jay Z sat down with Oprah Winfrey for an interview, and he also did an interview with Oprah's magazine "O".

Jay was asked what his favorite books were. The Books that shaped who he was and led his way, and he revealed them to the world:

1. The Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukav.



Jay Z: "There are two books that I absolutely live my life by. This is one of them. I believe in karma and doing the right thing even if it may not advance you as far as you want."

2. The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield:



Jay Z: “This is the other book I live by. The story is a metaphor for life: I could go left or right, I could be stuck, or I could keep advancing.”


3. The Odyssey by Homer:



Jay Z: “I got lost in reading about Odysseus' struggle to get home and his longing for someone so strong, as his wife was, waiting for him. That's like a dream—that kind of strength, love, loyalty.”

4. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell:



Jay Z: “This book is about the principles of timing and repetition—about preparing yourself for luck, really.”

5. Purple Cow by Seth Godin:



Jay Z: “This is straight marketing advice: Your product has to be a purple cow—it has to be distinct to have any success.”

6. N****r by Dick Gregory:



Jay Z: “I don't know who turned me on to this autobiography, but his sense of humor and the hardships he went through stayed with me.”

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