Robert Downey, Jr. based the portrayal of his character Tony Stark as the Iron Man on Elon Musk, and it’s not hard to see why.
Elon Reeve Musk is a self-made billionaire, business magnate, inventor and investor. His current net worth is $13.9 Billion.
In the last 15 years, he has envisioned path-breaking companies like PayPal, SpaceX, Tesla Motors, SolarCity and Hyperloop.
In short, Elon Musk is the ultimate badass of the 21st century.
How Elon Musk became the greatest entrepreneur alive
When people ask Elon Musk how he learned to build rockets, he has a simple answer.
“I read books.”
Not very sexy is it?
And yet, his achievements are superhuman.
Elon musk has committed himself to single-handedly revolutionizing industries like
- Solar power (SolarCity)
- Electric cars (Tesla)
- Multi-planetary expansion(SpaceX)
- Super speed transit (Hyperloop)
- Online payments (Paypal).
And all this started with books?
As a kid, Elon Musk read books daily for 10 hours a day. School was too easy and monotonous for his mental muscles. He read all he could: non-fiction, science fiction, biographies and even the Encyclopedia Britannica.
By allowing himself to be consumed by the vast knowledge of books, Elon expanded his intellect, imagination and creativity.
And you know what? This sentiment has been resonated by many great men across centuries:.
“Reading is important. If you know how to read then the whole world opens up to you.”
— President Barack Obama
“I cannot remember the books I’ve read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
“No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.”
Why we don’t read
Until recently, I never read. Books were boring. I found it laborious to sit down quietly and concentrate on an inanimate object full of words.
Surprisingly, the lack of a reading habit is not uncommon. Why?
Reading is a solitary activity that demands distraction-free 3-4 hours of mental activity.
In a world of Instagram, Facebook posts, Twitter notifications, Youtube and WhatsApp groups, choosing to read a good book requires tremendous will power and discipline.
Why read books?
Reading books makes you smarter!
Intelligence is your capacity to learn new information, retain it, then use that new knowledge as a foundation to solve the next problem.
Reading is one of best ways of getting precise, life-altering knowledge. Books have the power to transform into your own personal mentor. A bestseller on managing your money, health or psychology can save you years of careless living.
Where else can you spend $10 to get 2 years’ worth of someone slaving over a notepad with a pen and bottle of cyanide?
Books are fast and precise
Sure you could attend seminars, talk to mentors, read interviews or watch courses instead of reading. But the time and energy lost in piecing separate parts of a new concept is massively wasteful, compared to sitting in one place and reading an expert’s book for a couple of hours.
Billionaire investor Warren Buffett, for example, spends 80% of his day reading. This practice is endorsed by Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg.
Reading books will help grow your startup 10 times faster than your competitors. It will also help you with your long-term goals , gain insight into new fields, improve your networking skills…..the list is truly endless.
Buy the right books
Purchasing the right books is the next step. But getting started can be challenging.
After reading 100’s of interviews of startup millionaires like Tim Ferriss, Ramit Sethi, Noah Kagan etc., I was surprised to find that a vast majority of successful entrepreneurs were highly influenced by a very small group of books.
These books have helped 1000’s of readers grow their business and life to new heights in the past few years.
I have compiled a mastermind list of 28 books that get recommended over and over as “must reads” from the most influential entrepreneurs of the startup community.
Visit the bookstore now.
One of these books which had a big impact on me was Business Sutra. This book by Dr. Devdutt Pattnaik reveals the ancient Indian way of doing business with other cultures.
Which book had a big impact on you? Let me know in the comments section below.
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