Elon Musk is the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX. This year he made history when his companies successfully completed the first commercial rocket launch from the NASA launch pad.
Musk credits his rocket learning to eight books he was raised by. He told Neil Strauss, a reporter for Rolling Stone, “I was raised by books. Books, and then my parents.”
Musk was raised by his parents in South Africa up until the age of eight and then moved with his father when they separated.
His father Errol has said, “Elon has always been an introvert thinker. So where a lot of people would go to a great party and have a great time and drink and talk about all sorts of things like rugby or sport, you would find Elon had found the person’s library and was going through their books.”
Check out the 8 books that Musk credits a lot of his success to:
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
8. The “Foundation” trilogy by Isaac Asimov