To be the next Elon Musk, read these eight books he swears by

Ama Nunoo Ama Nunoo | Editor January 14, 2021

Elon Musk attributes his success to reading. Photo: AP PHOTO/ JAE C. HONG/wikimedia commons

Many have wondered how South African-born entrepreneur Elon Musk became so successful. Musk once attributed his success to some books he read. He has been an avid reader since childhood and he claims books have fueled his ambitions.

At age 9, Musk had read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica and spent over 10 hours reading different science fiction novels, according to CNBC. No wonder he ventured into career-launching rockets and making top-notch vehicles.

The Space X and Tesla founder has seen his fortune rise to $195 billion, making him the richest man on earth, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. He overthrew Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who was the richest man in the world with a net worth of $185 billion.

If you have aspirations to be like Musk, then it is time to add the following books to your reading list. They are books he swears by that set him on his path to success.

“Einstein: His Life and Universe” by Walter Isaacson

Einstein: His Life and Universe: Isaacson, Walter: 9780743264747:  Amazon.com: Books
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“Structures: Or Why Things Don’t Fall Down” by J.E. Gordon

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“Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies” by Nick Bostrom

Superintelligence eBook by Nick Bostrom - 9780191666834 | Rakuten Kobo  United States
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“Benjamin Franklin: An American Life” by Walter Isaacson

Amazon.com: Benjamin Franklin: An American Life eBook: Isaacson, Walter:  Kindle Store
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 “Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future” by Peter Thiel

Zero to One: Notes on Start Ups, or How to Build the Future: Amazon.co.uk:  Masters, Blake, Thiel, Peter: 0787721862567: Books
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The “Foundation” trilogy by Isaac Asimov

Foundation (Foundation, #1) by Isaac Asimov
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 “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding

Lord of the Flies: William Golding, E. L. Epstein: 9780399501487:  Amazon.com: Books
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 “Merchants of Doubt” by Erik M. Conway and Naomi Oreskes

Amazon.com: Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the  Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming eBook: Oreskes, Naomi,  Conway, Erik M.: Kindle Store
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