How to Learn: Elon Musk

[May 21, 2024]  One positive benefit to the Internet is that it gives those of us who want to learn a valuable tool.  In a video posted by Titan Man, he calls out Elon Musk as a pioneer in learning.  The following is taken from his discussion on this critical topic.  Learn how to think.

“Smart people learn from everything and everyone, average people from their experiences, stupid people already have all the answers.” – Socrates

As Titan Man observes, Elon Musk learns from everything and everyone.  Learning is at the core of his massive monetary success.  Many define themselves by their college degrees; the more degrees someone has, the more talented that person is.  Elon Musk is not defined by his degrees but by his learning methods, reading skills, and learning techniques.

Elon Musk does not credit his college degrees to his successes but does the opposite.  His learning is based on reading books.  He also has his own rules of learning that help him gain any skill he might want.

“I learn what I need to learn to accomplish my objectives, and I think most people can do this, but they often self-limit.  People are more capable than what they think.  If you do something like read a lot of books and talk to a lot of people, you can learn almost anything.” – Elon Musk

If Elon Musk can learn, then we can all learn.  There are several rules or understandings we must have:

  1. Reading is the superpower. Self-education and self-improvement start with reading and comprehending the best books in those areas where your interests lie.
  2. Apply what you read. Knowledge is power, but without action, it is useless.  There is no point in being a genius if you don’t use your intelligence and knowledge for something.
  3. Surround yourself with the brightest people. If you read and put yourself in the presence of expert people, you can learn anything in the world and become like them.

There is much more to Elon Musk’s ability to learn and apply what he has learned.  But this is the beginning.  Without understanding a given topic, just starting reading is not a good place to begin.  One must begin by understanding the overall idea and then use reading to fill in the knowledge gaps.

Thanks for reading this blog on Elon Musk.  If you have anyone you would like me to write about, please let me know in the leadership forum below.


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Author: Douglas R. Satterfield

Hello. I provide one article every day. My writings are influenced by great thinkers such as Friedrich Nietzsche, Karl Jung, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Jean Piaget, Erich Neumann, and Jordan Peterson, whose insight and brilliance have gotten millions worldwide to think about improving ourselves. Thank you for reading my blog.

15 thoughts on “How to Learn: Elon Musk

  1. Bryan Z. Lee

    We have an opportunity to learn from Elon Musk, take up the challenge.

    1. Melissa Jackson

      Bryan, you are right, of course. Too many folks don’t wish to learn but to destroy. That is the new wave of radical progressivism that has infected too many in the West. Most of us just want to do good, have a family, give back to our community, and live a good life (like Gen. Satterfield has written about). So, for those who want to do well, here is an example of a man who taught himself and succeeded. Pay close attention to this man, and to others like him. Or, your other option is to while, cry, and complain. I know the path I will take.

  2. Ron C.

    Elon Musk is more than a rich man, he is someone we can indeed learn a great deal from. Too many of our radical youth are envious and think people like Musk must be punished for doing some undefined wrong on “the people.” Actually, Musk has done a great deal of good, more than those liberal progressive radical leftists will ever do in their miserable lives. 🇨🇦

  3. Scotty Bush

    More on Elon Musk would be okay with me, Gen. S. And anybody you think can add to the idea of how to think. I know that several years ago you had a few of these articles that showed how some senior military and government individuals thought. Yep, thanks!!!!!!1

    1. The Golly Woman from EHT

      True enough. Indeed, I too remember them. George B, – below in her comments – lays some of this out with a quote. Let’s see if we can add to the discussion ourselves. That is one of the main purposes of this leadership forum. Gen. Satterfield is not going to hold our hands all the way. We must travel that road alone if necessary because that is how we most get the lesson hammered into our heads.

      1. Randy Goodman

        Yep, that’s what I was thinking, but you beat me to it. 😊

  4. Camila Sanchez

    #2. Apply what you read. Knowledge is power, but without action, it is useless. There is no point in being a genius if you don’t use your intelligence and knowledge for something.

  5. Emily Baker

    Interesting topic and one that is of great interest to me. The reason is that I believe we cannot early in our lives know how to think for ourselves and that we must first learn the basic structure of thinking. And, as you noted here under Elon Musk, reading is a great and quick way to begin that process. But there is more to it than reading and perhaps you can write more about that. I know that in schools today, they surely do not teach how to think any more because they are more interested in indoctrination. Plus, those who teach are inferior in thinking. Seems like anybody can get a PHD these days, you just have to have the right skin color or be a foreigner who pays the full freight.

  6. Georgie B.

    “First principles thinking, which is sometimes called reasoning from first principles, is one of the most effective strategies you can employ for breaking down complicated problems and generating original solutions. It also might be the single best approach to learn how to think for yourself. The first principles approach has been used by many great thinkers including inventor Johannes Gutenberg, military strategist John Boyd, and the ancient philosopher Aristotle, but no one embodies the philosophy of first principles thinking more effectively than entrepreneur Elon Musk.” – by James Clear

    1. Jerry Jones

      Georgie, B., good reference and more of what I want to see here. I think that Gen. Satterfield needs to complete this idea.

  7. ashley

    I would like to read more on this same topic, Gen. Satterfield. Please consider.


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