Elon Musk is one of the most influential technology entrepreneurs in the world today. In 2017, he made history by completing the first commercial rocket launch from the NASA launch pad. This, in addition to many other great feats, prove that Elon Musk has first-hand knowledge of how rockets work.
But where did he acquire all this knowledge from? He may have studied Physics and Economics in College, but he first learned about rockets from reading books. In a 2017 interview, the brilliant innovator revealed he was “raised by books”. He read so many books as a child that this formed the basis for his successful career.
According to his brother, Errol,
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“Elon has always been an introvert thinker…where a lot of people would go to a great party and have a great time and drink and talk about all sorts of things like rugby or sports, you would find Elon had found the person’s library and was going through their books.”
To Musk, these books served as a source of inspiration to follow the path that has now seen him become one of the greatest innovators in the world.
“The lesson I drew from the works of Isaac Asimov, science fiction writer, is you should try to take the set of actions that are likely to prolong civilization, minimize the probability of a dark age and reduce the length of a dark age if there is one.
If you want to follow in the footsteps of great minds like Elon Musk, then you should start reading books too. There’s no better place to start than Musk’s very own collection of books. These books shaped him into the visionary entrepreneur he has become.
Here is a list of 15 books Elon Musk thinks everyone should read
1: “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams
2: “Structures: Or Why Things Don’t Fall Down” by J.E. Gordon
3: “Benjamin Franklin: An American Life” by Walter Isaacson
4: “Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies” by Nick Bostrom –
5: “Our Final Invention” by James Barrat –
6: “Ignition: An Informal History of Liquid Rocket Propellants” by John D. Clark –
7: The “Foundation” trilogy by Isaac Asimov
8: “Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence” by Max Tegmark
9: “The Lord of the Rings” by J.R.R. Tolkien –
10: ‘Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future’ by Peter Thiel
11: “The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress” by Robert Heinlein
12: “Merchants of Doubt” by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway
13: ‘Einstein: His Life and Universe’ by Walter Isaacson
14: ‘Howard Hughes: His Life and Madness’ by Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele
15: The ‘Culture’ series by Iain M. Banks
Happy reading folks!