With just reading a book, you can become an expert in any field, including making space rockets, according to Elon Musk.
The article by author Minda Zetlin posted on INC, tells about Elon Musk becoming an expert through reading.
This may sound unbelievable, but it is the billionaire’s secret Elon Musk, the founders of Tesla and SpaceX. When asked about the process of learning how to build a space rocket, he briefly answered three words: “I read books”.
Read books and create SpaceX
Musk is not a rocket scientist, or at least not well-trained in the field. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics and another in physics.
Elon Musk believes he can learn how to build rockets by reading books.
Just two days after attending his doctorate in applied physics and materials science at Stanford University, he left the school to found Zip2 software company, then sold it to Compaq for a price 307 million USD.
Next, Musk founded X.com, the predecessor to PayPal, an electronic payment gateway acquired by eBay at a price 1.5 billion USD in October 2002.
At this point, Musk became interested in conquering Mars. He ordered missiles from the Russians, but they demanded too high a price, even an Internet millionaire could hardly meet, and the seller did not take Musk’s request seriously.
Not giving up, Musk spoke to aerospace consultant Jim Cantrell about the idea of building a rocket himself.
When looking at the young millionaire’s plan, Cantrell exclaimed: “What a surprise – that’s why he borrowed all of my books.” Musk learned how to build rockets from Cantrell’s books and made himself an expert in the field.
“He knows everything,” Cantrell told Esquire. “Musk had long planned to build rockets.” After that, SpaceX was born.
Even if you are not Elon Musk, this is true.
Maybe you think Musk learned how to build rockets through reading because he is a genius that ordinary people cannot. But at least they can create houses.
My father-in-law is an example. He is an ordinary person, with a lifetime attachment to the post office, but thanks to reading, he can repair and build houses like a professional.
Anyone can be successful
According to Bill – my husband, for many years before he died, he built parts of the house and upgraded it from time to time.
He leveled, rebuilt the yard, added new rooms and a wheelchair ramp for his granddaughter. In addition, he also helps neighbors build the house.
NASA uses SpaceX rockets to send astronauts into space.
My father-in-law never took a construction course, he just read because of his passion, then started working.
You want to learn to be successful yourself? Believe your abilities can expand, change over time if you’re willing to make an effort. This is what Musk thinks, a bachelor of economics and physics believes he can learn to build rockets.
Next, let’s do the same way Musk combined with Cantrell. Find one or more mentors to help you navigate your future. At the very least, they’ll recommend the right book for you.
And finally, test your own understanding.
Dan Coyle – author of several successful books on the subject – recommends spending 30% of your time learning and 70% testing new knowledge.
To reinforce your expertise, test it out in practice. That’s also how Musk did when he started making rockets. Some fell or went astray before he and his team figured out how to fix the problem.
This summer, for the first time in nine years, NASA has relied on SpaceX rockets to bring astronauts into space from an American ground space station.
It’s a huge achievement, it all started with Elon Musk’s borrowing of Cantrell’s books.
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