5 Books By Steve Jobs That Can Change Your Life

5 Books By Steve Jobs That Can Change Your Life

William Godwin once said, “He that loves reading has everything within his reach.

Believe me, guys the quote above is pure gold.

Wait…wait..wait… I am not saying that I am super successful or something. It’s just that various studies found that successful people like Steve Jobs and Elon Musk are avid readers.

Well don’t believe me read the stats from below about how reading is related to success.

Reading and Success Stats

Hope you are satisfied now but you see I can’t cover the book recommendation of all the successful people you see above is just one post.

So this post is dedicated to all the recommended books by Steve Jobs. You can also read Elon Musk Books Recommendation if you want.

If you have read Steve Jobs books by Walter Issacson You know how each book he read influence his personality. Here are some lines from books to give you some idea :

Jobs found himself deeply influenced by a variety of books on spirituality and enlightenment, most notably Be Here Now, a guide to meditation and the wonders of psychedelic drugs by Baba Ram Dass, born Richard Alpert. “It was profound,” Jobs said. “It transformed me and many of my friends.”

Steve Jobs Biography by Walter Isaacson

I will try my best to explain how each book influence Steve Jobs along with some best quotes from the books.

So Let’s begin.

1) Autobiography Of a Yogi

AutoBiography of Yogi : Books By Sreve Jobs
Autobiography of a Yogi

Introduction: Just as the name suggests the autobiography of a yogi is the life story of Shri Paramahansa Yogananda Ji. This book covers his spiritual journey from his childhood to becoming a monk, finding his guru, various spiritual encounters, and much more.

How this book influence Steve Jobs?

  • Jobs first read this book as a teenager on his trip to India after that He tried to read it once in a year.
  • Autobiography of a Yogi is the only book Steve Jobs had downloaded on his iPad.
  • From this book, Jobs was introduced to the concept of intuition. He once said, “Intuition in India is far more developed than the rest of the world”. This made me realize one of Steve Jobs Quotes.
Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become
Steve Jobs Quotes : Follow Your Heart and Intuition


The season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success

Paramahansa Yogananda

Live quietly in the moment and see the beauty of all before you. The future will take care of itself……

Paramahansa Yogananda

2) Zen Mind Beginner Mind

Zen Mind Beginner Mind
Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind by Shunryu Suzuki

Introduction: Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind is about the talks and teachings of late Shunryu Suzuki given at Zen center in California. His students compiled the talks, arranged it in the form of chapters and that’s how the book that introduced Zen culture to the world is born.

How this book influence Steve Jobs?

  • After coming back from India, Steve’s interest in meditation flourishes. And at that time Zen Buddism was gaining popularity in California and like every other spiritual practice Steve went hard into Zen says Daniel (Steve’s Friend).
  • The simplicity and perfection in Apple products is deeply influenced by Zen Culture. Steve takes the Zen approach to heart while designing the products.
Steve Jobs Quotes : Keep It Simple


In the beginner’s mind, there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.

Shunryu Suzuki

Nothing we see or hear is perfect. But right there in the imperfection is perfect reality.

Shunryu Suzuki
To gain more insight in Steve Jobs Spritual mindset also read Be Here Now

3) Moby Dick

Moby Dick
Moby Dick

Introduction: Moby Dick, by Herman Melville. Captain Ahab set out to the sea to get the revenge on the Moby Dick (The Whale) who happens to be a bit-off Captain’s leg during the previous voyage.

How this book influence Steve Jobs?

  • In the last years of his High School, Steve Jobs started reading a lot of books that lie on the intersection of art and science.
  • Moby Dick taught steve jobs about the freedom of Pirates, as pirates are free to do what they want. The rules of society not apply to him. Here are some lines from Steve’s biography:

“I started to listen to music a whole lot, and I started to read more outside of just science and technology—Shakespeare, Plato. I loved King Lear” His other favorites included Moby-Dick and the poems of Dylan Thomas.

Walter Issacson
It's more fun to be the pirate than to join the navy
Steve Jobs Quotes: Better To Be A Pirate Than Join The Navy


“I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I’ll go to it laughing.

Moby Dick

It is not down on any map; true places never are.

Moby Dick

4) 1984 or Nineteen-Eighty-Four

1984 by  George Orwell.
1984 by George Orwell

Introduction: 1984, by George Orwell follows the life story of Winston Smith who is fighting against the evil dictator of “The Party” Big Brother. Big Brother controls every aspect of a citizen’s life. Windon Smith start his rebellion by maintaining a journal about the dirty deeds of Big Brother which is called ThoughtCrime. Will Windon be able to defeat the dictator or He will die? Whatever happens, this book is worth a try.

How this book influence Steve Jobs?

  • Like his heroes, Jobs thought that he also carries the duty to save the computer industry from evil dictators like IBM and Microsoft who don’t have any interest in making better products.

“The only problem with Microsoft is they just have no taste, they have absolutely no taste. I don’t mean that in a small way. I mean that in a big way, in the sense that they don’t think of original ideas and they don’t bring much culture into their product.”

Steve Jobs Interview credit: businessinsider.in
Be A Yardstick of Quality. Some people aren't used to an enviroment where excellence is expected
Steve Jobs Quotes: Be A Yardstick of Quality


Reality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else

1984 by George Orwell

Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.

1984 by George Orwell

There is also a film made based on the book. You can watch the trailer here:


5) Only The Paranoid Survive

Only The Paranoid Survive
Story of Intel

Introduction: Only The Paranoid Survive follows the story of Andrew S. Grove and how he build one of the most influential companies of earth. Also, this book covers all the aspects of leadership and managerial skills one must learn while running the company. More or less It is one of the most recommended business books by Steve Jobs.

How this book influence Steve Jobs?

  • Steve Jobs says in one of his interviews, This book is about one super-important concept. Strategic Inflection Points because sooner or later you are going to live through one.
  • Also, This book helps Steve with the insight into the workings and decision-making process of a major company.
Great things in business always done by  a team
Steve Jobs Quotes: Better To Be A Pirate Than Join The Navy


Leaders have to act more quickly today. The pressure comes much faster.

Andrew Grove

Success breeds complacency. Complacency breeds failure. Only the paranoid survive.

Andrew Grove

Until now we have covered the top 5 most recommended books by Steve Jobs. But You see Steve Jobs was a legend and also one of my personal heroes who always thought about the customers and deliver more value than required. That’s why I thought we should discuss two more books in this article. Hope You don’t mind!!!.

6) The Innovator’s Dilemma

Innovator Dillema

Introduction: In his book, Rich Dad Poor Dad Robert Kiyosaki said, “In today’s rapidly changing world, the people who are not taking risks are the risk-takers”. The Innovator’s Dilemma follows the same kind of story on how companies can adapt to changing consumer behavior and solve their problems more efficiently. In particular, this book is about market disruption and becoming a market leader.

How this book influence Steve Jobs?

  • Have you ever wondered about how Apple was able to disrupt the market with its revolutionary products?
  • Well, you see Steve Jobs made it very clear that Apple will never stop innovation and it still holds true because if you follow Apple and know it’s story you know Apple made a habit of disrupting the market but not all the products are successful still all of them are valuable lessons for future.
Steve Jobs Quotes


Disruptive technology should be framed as a marketing challenge, not a technological one.

The Innovator’s Dilemma

Processes and values define how resources—many of which can be bought and sold, hired, and fired—are combined to create value.

The Innovator’s Dilemma

7) Diet For A Small Planet

Diet For A Small Planet

Introduction: Diet for a small planet, by y Frances Moore Lappe talks about the personal and planetry benefits of vegetarianism. It is also the first major book that explains the relation between meat consumption and food scaricity.

How this book influence Steve Jobs?

  • At the end of 1972 Jobs started extreme experiments with his diets. He eats only fruit and vegetables.
  • During his freshmen year after influenced by Diet For a small planet. Steve Jobs leave all the meat for the good.
  • Here are some lines from Walter Issacson’book

Another book that deeply influenced Jobs during his freshman year

was Diet for a Small Planet by Frances Moore Lappe, which extolled

the personal and planetary benefits of vegetarianism. “That’s when I

swore off meat pretty much for good,” he recalled. But the book also

reinforced his tendency to embrace extreme diets, which included

purges, fasts, only one or two foods, such as carrots or apples,

for weeks on end.

Water Issacson : Steve Jobs
Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish
Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish, credit: goalcast.com


Hope is not what we find in evidence, it’s what we become in action. 

Diet For A Small Planet

Every aspect of our lives is, in a sense, a vote for the kind of world we want to live in.

Diet For A Small Planet


This concludes our article on the recommended Steve jobs books. I hope this article gave you enough information as per your need. But Just Information is not enough So Tell me which of the above book would you buy and Why you want to read it. As for me, I am thinking of reading Moby Dick because I am mostly into Self-Help So this storybook could be a change for me and also I like pirates and adventures story.

If you want to know more about Steve Jobs then you must read Steve Jobs biography by Walter Issacson or you can watch Jobs movie. The trailer is here :

Steve Jobs Movie

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  1. Alka

    Amazing Article!! Really Informative

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