We all have heard the quote that Knowledge is Power. Well, Elon Musk is the perfect example that shows how knowledge can be converted into power. Elon Musk is the billionaire and brilliant mind behind Tesla and SpaceX. He learned to build rockets on his own. Whenever someone asked him How you learned to build rockets. He said,’I read books and talk to a lot of smart people.’ and that statement blew everyone away.
When someone recommends you a book read it once but when a risk-taker like Elon recommends a book read it twice or to be on the safe side read it thrice. Hope You are excited now let’s dig into Elon’s Mind and have a look at 7 Books Elon Musk Think Everyone Should Read with live2read.com
1) The Lord of the Rings
Lord Of the Rings is written by J.R.R. Tolkien. Sci-Fic books — notably “The Lord of the Rings” shaped his vision for the future. He told the New York reporter that “The heroes of the books I read, ‘The Lord of the Ring’ and the ‘Foundation’ series, always felt a duty to save the world.” These books help him imagine himself as a kind of hero who would one day save the world.
2) The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams will take you on a most adventurous journey in the space going to different planets, exploring different galaxies, and solving space mysteries with your friends. It is exciting isn’t it, A space adventure with his friends is the imagination of every young kid. This book revolves around the story of Arthur Dent, his friends, and their amazing adventures.
3) Zero to One : Notes on StartUps
Peter Thiel wrote Zero to One and it is classified as one of the best business books ever written. Peter Thiel Founded Paypal with Elon Musk and the others member of Paypal Mafia apart from that he is also an early investor in Facebook. In this book, Musk says: “Peter Thiel has built multiple breakthrough companies, and (this book) shows how.” In short, out of many business books, Elon Musk suggests Zero to One as a book must-read for every entrepreneur.
4) Benjamin Franklin: An American Life
This book is written by Walter Issacson. Benjamin Franklin is one of Elon’s greatest heroes. Musk has called Benjamin Franklin “one of his heroes,” in multiple interviews. Benjamin Franklin was a founding member of the US and a great inventor known for his kite experiments which lead to discovering the lighting rod. Musk called Benjamin Franklin an entrepreneur during his interview with the foundation, He actually says ” He was an entrepreneur. He started from nothing. He was just a runaway kid. He’s pretty awesome. “.
5) Howard Hughes: His Life and Madness
To begin with, Elon Musk and Howard Hughes’s life is kind of the same loop. Howard Hughes was a brilliant inventor, entrepreneur, and social outcast. But due to his bad habits, Howard lost his business empire maybe that’s what Musk trying to learn to not end up in the same way. Elon Musk in one of his interviews called Howard Hughes’s story a “cautionary tale.”
6 Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies
Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies by Nick Bostrom asks the questions: What happens when machines surpass humans in general intelligence? Will artificial agents save or destroy us?. Above all Musk mention that AI is like summoning a demon. Musk said nefarious companies could use AI to create an “immortal dictator” that is very dangerous. If you are interested in AI and it’s effects do read this book.
But If you want to understand about possibilities of AI in the future read Life 3.0
7) Structures: Or Why Things Don’t Fall Down
In one of his interviews, Elon says “There’s a good book on structural design called Structures: Or Why Things Don’t Fall Down. It is really, really good if you want a primer on structural design.” So to all the nerds or the geeks if you ever wondered why suspension bridges don’t collapse under eight lanes of traffic or how dams hold back–or give way under–thousands of gallons of water etc. This is one of the best books Elon Musk recommends for you.