The Ultimate Summer Reading List For Entrepreneurs

Posted on June 17, 2019

Ryan Stewman



I spend almost every waking moment thinking about my businesses.  It’s fun for me. I like it.

If you’re reading this then you’re probably a workaholic too.  It took so long to finally tap into my motivation that I don’t ever want to let it go.

I was never overweight, but I feel like an obese person who now has six pack abs.  

Once you’re in shape, why would you ever go back? I don’t want to stop exercising. I don’t want to stop getting better.

There is a point where you look back on your week, month, or year and realize that you grind every day.

 It’s great to be successful; but no matter how much you love going to work, if it consumes all of your time, your mind will wonder, “What’s it all for?”

Even if you hate traveling, vacations are important.  Trips do wonders for your psyche.

It’s nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily tasks; but who’s kidding who, how long can you stare at the waves or watch the birds fly around in the woods?

We typically look forward to vacations, but so much leisure gets boring.  If you’re the type that doesn’t waste time, it can be difficult to blow hours frivolously.

I’m someone who likes to read.  I actually give a fuck about what other people think.  Enjoying something and finding the time to do it are two different things.  

Besides being with my family and creating memories, I use vacations as an opportunity to binge on new ideas.

I read books written by people from different fields.  You never know when someone is going to write the sentence that will shift your perspective.  

You won’t find wisdom if you don’t hunt for it.

The Ultimate Summer Reading List For Entrepreneurs

  • Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind And Defy The Odds – By David Goggins

David Goggins is an Armed Forces icon.  His story goes from a rough upbringing to being named the “The Fittest (Real) Man in America” by Outside Magazine.  His endurance seeps into you as you read his words.


  • Max Out – By Ed Mylett

Ed Mylett is one of the country’s top 50 wealthiest people under the age of 50.  His guidelines on habits, identity, and confidence will raise your game.


  • The Operator – By Robert O’Neill

Robert O’Neill is a Navy SEAL who participated in over 400 missions, three of which were turned into films: Lone Survivor, Captain Phillips, and Zero Dark Thirty.  Who else has had three movies made about their life from three different events?


  • Becoming – By Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama was the First Lady of the United States for eight years.  She’s led one of the most interesting lives in the history of time. Which person of notoriety who has played their hand more flawlessly?


  • Everything is Fucked  By Mark Manson

Mark Manson is a man who has no problem being blunt.  His outlook on the world will change the way you see previously mundane subjects.  He can turn the most regular subject into captivating content.


  • Trillion Dollar Coach: The Leadership Playbook Of Silicon Valley’s Bill Campbell – By Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg, and Alan Eagle

Bill Campbell conquered Silicon Valley.  Throughout eighty interviews of close associates, you can witness the blueprint that changed the world.

Whether you’re going to the beach or the cabin at some point this summer, I’ve compiled a list of ten books that I’ve read over the last year that impacted me in a positive way.  

There are only so many hours in your life, try to utilize all of them.

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