ELON MUSK has a secret learning strategy. Here are the 5 STEPS you can use to set yourself up to BECOME AN EXPERT on any subject just like ELON MUSK.
If you're mastering rocket science after co-founding PayPal and Tesla, you'll need to know how to shove the maximum amount of information into your brain in the shortest possible time.
Thankfully, Musk is willing to share exactly how he does it.
1. READ ABOUT EVERYTHING AND NOT JUST YOUR FIELD
Musk would read through two books per day in various disciplines. To put that context, if you read one book a month, Musk would read 60 times as many books as you.
At first, Musk's reading spanned science fiction, philosophy, religion, programming, and biographies of scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs.
As he got older, his reading and career interests spread to physics, engineering, product design, business, technology, and energy.
While many people prefer to stick to books that are relevant to their fields, Musk allows himself to learn about anything. Why? Because what you learn now can tie into something else in the future, creating something unique.
2. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH INTELLIGENT PEOPLE
When Musk began dabbling in the aerospace industry with SpaceX, he hired the rocket engineer Tom Mueller, who is considered the smartest propulsion expert out there. Musk hung around him and learned everything he could from him.
Jim Cantrell, an aerospace consultant at the time, told Business Insider:
"In the same way that Musk absorbed books, he tried doing that with other people's expertise. It was as if he would suck the experience out of them. He truly listens to people."
Musk is known for doing this around everyone in his network who knows something he doesn't.