Sean Smith

I read a lot.

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” - Cicero

How do I read?

tl;dr: Mostly on audible, but always 1 hour before bed, using the strategies below:

Rules I set early on

  1. Unlimited books budget - I never question the purchase of a book. I've gained immeasurable wisdom from books and I won't let the average $13 price tag dissuade me from a lifetime of wisdom. If you're tight on funds use libby to get free library books, or torrent them (did I just say that?). If you're under 18, bet your parents you can't read a book a week and have them fund the challenge (then win).
  2. Set your bedtime alarm to 9 hours before your morning alarm. When the bedtime alarm goes off, get into bed and read. Apple makes this super easy with their bedtime feature in the clock app. For example:
  3. Love audiobooks - I had an initial fear that audiobooks are somehow less impactful than physical books. I realized after a while this was significantly inhibiting the amount of books I could read. I then dismissed this concern and have been pleased with the results.

Most Impactful

The following books I reccomend to anyone, they help with developing character, achieving your full potential and working on the right things. Note: Zig Ziglar is best as an audiobook and it's a three part series but I've only listed the first since I'm betting that you'll listen to the 2nd and 3rd if you finish the first.


In 2019 I set a goal of becoming an expert in personal finance, to accomplish this goal I read every single personal finance book I could get my hands on. In total 17 books and counting.

Instead of reading all 17, you can get the good stuff by reading:


At the end of the day, Love is all there is.