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9 Books that Made Elon Musk Successful

Jun 18th 2015 at 2:45 AM

The world just cannot get enough of Elon Musk. Today he’s one of a few men on the planet who were able to achieve tremendous success in quite different areas of business and expertise. At first, in 2002 he had sold PayPal to eBay, and that was a very, VERY big one.

Then, he founded SpaceX which is one of the two private companies launching spaceships into the open space. And finally, let us not forget about Tesla, the very first line of cars, powered by electricity that bask in popularity due to amazing technical characteristics and eye-appealing design (unlike those ugly Priuses and Volts).

When Elon was young, he liked reading books a lot. “As a kid, I was a ‘book worm’. While at school, I tried to sneak out of everyone’s sight and read everything I could lay eyes on: books, comics, magazines. One time, books were over, so I started to read encyclopedias.”
According to Musk’s friends, books played a major part in Elon’s desire to change the world. As a boy, he liked Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and Asimov’s Foundation more than anything else. He admired the protagonists who had done so much and more to make the world around them a better place.

These might be strange words heard from the mouth of the CEO of two giant corporations, but Musk has never read a book on time management, considering such literature a waste of energy. In addition, Elon is an active Twitter user, so following him is quite must-do.
In his interviews, Musk told a lot about him reading biographies of famous people, so there will be at least one of them in Elon’s list of top-9 reads. Here comes the drumbeat…

Elon Musk’s nine favorite books
1.    Life of Benjamin Franklyn, Benjamin Franklyn
2.    Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age, W. Bernard Carlson
3.    The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
4.    Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
5.    Foundation, Isaac Asimov
6.    The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, Robert A. Heinlein
7.    A Short History of Nearly Everything, William "Bill" McGuire Bryson
8.    Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert Anson Heinlein
9.    Ignition! An Informal History of Liquid Rocket Propellants, John D. Clark

Still think reading biographies and fantasy is a waste of time? Still spend a fortune on smart marketing and thought leadership literature? Elon Musk, one of the 21st century’s smartest, would’ve begged to differ, if he had time for that, drafting another prototype of a public space shuttle or another e-drive engine.

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