What books do billionaires read?
Elon Musk: “If you want to be a millionaire, you should read these 10 books”
Alongside Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk is one of the greatest visionaries of our time. For many, he's a madman who dares to believe that nothing is impossible and that a little creativity can get us very far. And that's part of what helped him become one of the richest and most successful men in human history.
But Elon Musk was not born as the successful and daring entrepreneur as we know him today, but as a normal child who gradually explored all his possibilities and learned everything he needed to know to get to the top. Similar to his millionaire colleagues (Bezos, Zuckerberg, Jobs), Musk owes his career to extensive reading that taught him everything he needed to know on the way to the top. The following list shows which 10 books paved the way for him to become a millionaire.
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Elon Musk: A millionaire in 10 books
It is said that as a child Elon Musk always had a book with him everywhere - in case a situation or conversation seemed boring to him. In interviews, the American entrepreneur has often made book recommendations to anyone who wants to copy his success. But Musk's list does not only consist of career bibles or business guides, but also of literary classics and biographies. Because, according to the Tesla boss, these help broaden his horizons, think outside the box and - in Musk's case - dream that one day he would have all the resources and skills to bring people into space.
The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
When you look at Elon Musk's background, it's not hard to believe that he's a huge fan of science fiction. But one of the first books on his list is not about spaceships and distant planets, but about a small figure with a great fate: To save the peoples of Middle-earth from the bondage of the dark ruler Sauron, Hobbit Frodo has to take the ring of power to the terrifying land Carry Moria and destroy it there.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
Seconds before the earth is demolished to make way for a galactic highway, Arthur Dent is rescued from the planet by his friend Ford Prefect and taken on an adventure through space.
The Foundation Cycle, Isaac Asimov
Man has spread across the galaxy, the capital of the empire is a nest of intrigue and corruption. Meanwhile, psychohistorian Hari Seldon predicts the fall of the empire and a return to barbarism for several millennia. To mitigate this, Seldon decides to set up a foundation at one end of the galaxy. The power of the foundation is reaching unexpected limits, but the appearance of a mule with paranormal powers puts everything it has built at risk: a fight to save the galaxy breaks out - Asimov's trilogy is considered the best science- Fiction series of all time.
Revolt in 2100, Robert Heinlein
After the overthrow of the American Ayatollahs (as predicted in Heinlein's "Stranger in a Strange Land") there is a second American revolution; For the first time in human history there is a land with freedom and justice for all, but nothing can last forever.
Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, Walter Isaacson
Isaacson's book is considered to be one of the best biographies ever. It tells the story of the American politician, scientist and inventor Benjamin Franklin, who is considered one of the founding fathers of the United States.
Einstein: His Life, His Research, His Legacy, Walter Isaacson
Isaacson also wrote one of the best biographies on Albert Einstein, the genius who discovered the theory of relativity and left an indelible mark on the world of science.
Structures: Or Why Things Don't Fall Down, J.E. Gordon
This book lives up to its name: it provides an overview of the various structures that exist. In addition, it shows how the need for resilience has influenced the development of mankind and analyzes the structural elements that occur in nature, technology and our daily life.
Super intelligence, Nick Bostrom
Bostrom analyzes the superior intelligence that distinguishes humans from animals; but his book also highlights the possibility that artificial intelligence can outperform us and develop a more powerful intelligence on which the fate of our species depends.
Ignition! An Informal History of Liquid Rocket Propellants, John D. Clark
Put simply, this book tells the story of the search for a rocket fuel that can be trusted to propel humans into space. And it tells of the struggle between rival researchers working at breakneck speed with no guarantee that their experiments will work.
Our last invention, James Barrat
In less than a decade, artificial intelligence could match - and even surpass - the capabilities of human intelligence. This book is an analysis of the possible effects and consequences, both positive and negative, that this could have on humanity.
This article appeared in the original under the title“Elon Musk recomienda 10 libros que debes leer para convertirte en millonario ”at GQ Mexico.
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