The big difference between Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, the latter suggested, was that the Apple king dropped acid in the ’70s: “I wish him the best, I really do,” Jobs said in 1997. “I just think he and Microsoft are a bit narrow. He’d be a broader guy if he had dropped acid once, or gone off to an ashram when he was younger.”

Gates could point out that he’d never sacrifice his own life on a hippie altar, as Jobs did when he initially opted for quack holistic remedies to treat the cancer that killed him.

But now everyone in your firm, from Mel in Accounts Payable on up, wants to be the next Steve Jobs. What better way to prove you Think Different than to drop acid?

OK, just a little acid. These days in San Francisco, the fad is “microdosing” — taking a small amount of LSD, supposedly not enough to send you on a trip but just enough to uncage your creative beast. So if the guy next to you at the Mid-Atlantic Dental Sales & Marketing meeting starts softly singing “White Rabbit” or responds to a PowerPoint spreadsheet by saying, “Oh wow, oh wow,” you’ll know why.

The microdose is about 1/10 the usual amount of LSD or another psychedelic, such as magic mushrooms. Just enough to feel “a little bit of energy lift, a little bit of insight, but not so much that you are tripping,” Rick Doblin, founder and executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, told Rolling Stone.

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