Elon Musk is a visionary entrepreneur with an estimated net worth of $20.8 billion, and as of October 2017, he is also the 21st wealthiest person in America (according to Forbes Magazine).
Musk is “the founder, CEO, and CTO of SpaceX; a co-founder, Series A investor, CEO, and product architect of Tesla Inc.; co-chairman of OpenAI; and founder and CEO of Neuralink. Musk is also a co-founder and former chairman of SolarCity, co-founder of Zip2, and founder of X.com, which merged with Confinity and took the name PayPal.”
His primary intentions of all he has been working towards revolve around the vision to change the world and humanity, by offering us a greater future potential by reducing global warming through sustainable energy, and reducing the “risk of human extinction” by “making life multiplanetary” by establishing a human colony on Mars.
Musk credits books as a source for the fuel of his ambitions, and it was said that he read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica at age nine and would devour science fiction novels for hours at a time.
In a 2013 interview with The Guardian, Musk credits Isaac Asimov’s books in particular as the source of what taught him that “civilizations move in cycles.”
“Given that this is the first time in 4.5 billion years where it’s been possible for humanity to extend life beyond Earth,” he says, “it seems like we’d be wise to act while the window was open and not count on the fact it will be open a long time.”
His appetite for wisdom is what ignited the spark that fueled the fires of his desire to cultivate a new dawn for humanity, and here are eight of the books that helped shape this revolutionary entrepreneur.
Elon Musk Credits These 8 Books to His Success
1. “Structures: Or Why Things Don’t Fall Down” by J.E. Gordon
2. “Benjamin Franklin: An American Life” by Walter Isaacson
3. “Einstein: His Life and Universe” by Walter Isaacson
4. “Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies” by Nick Bostrom
5. “Merchants of Doubt” by Erik M. Conway and Naomi Oreskes
6. “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding
7. “Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future” by Peter Thiel