Reddit is an AMAZING place. I cannot curate everything but I could not pass this opportunity to pull out some of the best comments Elon Musk makes in his reddit AMA. I encourage you to go on reddit yourself, search, and satisfy your desire to learn and grow. There are too many comments from this AMA alone for me to curate all of them. Here are some of the best in my opinion.
Hard to pick a favorite. I tend to like FPS with a story, like Bioshock, Fallout or Mass Effect, but was also a big fan of Civ and Warcraft.
French and BBQ
Looks like Elon had some time in his life to play video games, some I recognize fairly well, too! I know from watching his documentary that during his years of building the business, he probably spent most if not all of his waking hours concentrated solely on it. I suspect once he achieved great financial security he later went on to enjoy himself.
The best teacher I ever had was my elementary school principal. Our math teacher quit for some reason and he decided to sub in himself for math and accelerate the syllabus by a year.
We had to work like the house was on fire for the first half of the lesson and do extra homework, but then we got to hear stories of when he was a soldier in WWII. If you didn’t do the work, you didn’t get to hear the stories. Everybody did the work.
There really are some AMAZING elementary school teachers out there. There are many successful people who have been impacted by them. I watch a lot of interviews online so I hear stories a lot. One I can remember off the top of my head was Robert Downey Jr. who was influenced by his schoolteacher. Jay-Z was dramatically as well. There are horrible teachers out there as well. I think people should realize the impact it can have and great teachers are people I respect a great amount. They are one illustration of someone who may never be financially extremely wealthy but I respect immensely nonetheless.
I do kinda feel like my head is full! My context switching penalty is high and my process isolation is not what it used to be.
Frankly, though, I think most people can learn a lot more than they think they can. They sell themselves short without trying.
One bit of advice: it is important to view knowledge as sort of a semantic tree — make sure you understand the fundamental principles, ie the trunk and big branches, before you get into the leaves/details or there is nothing for them to hang on to.
It may be due to his growing age or the sheer amount of knowledge he accumulated (highly doubt the latter since Warren Buffett is still learning more and more everyday, reading and consuming knowledge hours every day at the age of 84). I do think people are different and have different capacities. By sheer laws of science, math, and physics, the human brain should have a finite amount of information it can store. I doubt anyone lives long enough to max it out, however. It is a more complex thing than what you think though, involving short-term memory and all sorts of complex stuff.
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