Elon Musk is a great example for motivating anyone in this world. He is admired by most of the people in the world. He is a genius billionaire who has done something out of the box: he established four multi-billion-dollar companies, each from the different field. From the progress of Elon Musk, we can say he has no intention to stop. So, how does he do it? How he is able to manage everything from various fields? Apart from tangible factors, learning plays an important role in his life to achieve success. We can learn many things from Musk. He shares his wisdom in many interviews. In 2015, Musk shared his approach of learning on Reddit. According to him, it is very important to view knowledge as a sort of a semantic tree. You first need to understand the fundamental principles. Before getting to the leaves, you need to focus on the trunk and big branches. So, clear your fundamentals before getting to the details.
Everything has a reason, and the fundamental principles are better than correspondence. We do things that are done by others, following them blindly. But, before doing anything, it is very important to clear the fundamentals instead of copying anyone. 2,300 years ago, the same mode of thinking was presented by Aristotle. According to him, the first principle is the: “the first basis from which a thing is known.” Learning Transfer
Also, mastering the fundamentals of any given subject allows part two of the Musk’s learning method: “Learning Transfer”. It means mastering fundamentals of any subject helps you to apply knowledge of one area to another area. For example, learning the C language can help you to know the concept of all other programming languages. So, in the case of Musk, he learns about software and technology and applies it to the aerospace industry.
What makes Musk different from others is: Musk makes connections across traditional boundaries.
Musk’s learning transfer makes Musk an expert-generalist. An expert-generalist is a person who knows a lot about everything. Such people have general knowledge in almost every subject. They can learn anything and apply the same easily to another field. Also, this helps Musk to draw various ideas in every field.
• Musk and other expert-generalists prove the old phrase “jack of all trades, master of none” to be wrong. They are jack of all trades, and still master of a few. So, it is just about learning anything and applying gained knowledge to wherever and whenever required.