Reading a book is the closest we can come to sharing the mind of a great thinker. After all, what is a book but thoughts transcribed? Spend a lot of time with great people and we cannot help but be transformed by the experience.
If you want to become a more interesting person, with a broader base of knowledge, more enlightened opinions, a vocabulary that expresses the nuances in how you see and experience the world, then reading well is a wonderful shortcut.
Read widely. Wide readers are able to stitch together disparate ideas from varied fields in ways that seem new.
Slow down: read to absorb, not to finish quickly. If you’re looking for something to read, choose something that seems difficult. To read difficult books, you’re going to need to slow down, to pause, to highlight, to take notes.
Read fiction, too. Elon Musk has been deeply inspired by the works of science fiction visionaries like Isaac Asimov, Frank Herbert and Iian M. Banks. Reading fiction makes you better at imagining what doesn’t exist (yet). Reading literary fiction also improves empathy.
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