Elon Musk is one of the world's smartest and most powerful people. The entrepreneur behind SpaceX, Tesla, and now Twitter has a restless pursuit of knowledge and a talent for applying his learning across a range of disciplines.
When it comes to problem-solving complex problems, Musk has an approach unlike most of us. He draws on the concept of "first principles."
First principles thinking First-principles thinking is an effective way to reverse-engineer complicated problems and ignite creative possibilities. The big idea is to break down problems into basic elements and then reassemble them from the ground up. Musk explains in Wait But Why:
Image: Elon Musk. (2022, November 23). In Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elon_Musk