Elon Musk Explains how you can be an Expert at Anything - even Numismatics

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  1. physics-fan3.14

    physics-fan3.14 You got any more of them.... prooflikes? Supporter

    Ever wonder how the really, really wizard numismatists know so much? Ever wonder how JohnMilton and Messydesk and TypeCoin seem to always have a good answer for any question you pose? Ever wonder how the advanced collectors have a knack for knowing even the most arcane answers to your questions?

    Well, Elon Musk knows. The answer: reading books.

    Find out how to advance your journey towards being an expert: https://www.inc.com/minda-zetlin/el...At1iCL_SBYAHoZl0wS6shAQFJNMf2Mh7yY9TiN-BTLspc
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  3. Danomite

    Danomite What do you say uh-huh Supporter

    Thanks for sharing! I’ll agree that educating yourself on a subject is the best way to becoming more knowledgeable, but there is a second aspect. You must be able to apply that knowledge. ;)
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  4. Inspector43

    Inspector43 72 Year Collector

    I had a difficult time in school because I wouldn't read fiction. Give me non-fiction I am am good to go. I was in HS before TV became well established. Read, read, read.
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  5. ToughCOINS

    ToughCOINS Dealer Member Moderator

    Reading makes a huge difference, but I'll go one step further . . . even the writers of the first authoritative books on any subject relied on something greater than reading books . . . experience.

    Even Elon Musk, with all of the reading he's done wouldn't know a lot of the things he does without having tried and failed, tried and failed again, and then succeeded.
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  6. Randy Abercrombie

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    Well let me pose this from the perspective of a fellow that regrettably dropped out of school due to his youthful scorn of books..... I collected coins for fifty years and have long been well versed in Redbook usage and several coin rags. I have said before, I have learned more here on CT in two years than I learned on my own the previous fifty. Granted, I may find a thread with an interesting topic that will send me off on a Google search for more information. And I have added to my numismatic library since being here. But once you set aside the road rash and other silly threads, the information gleaned here is absolutely invaluable. I know I am rubbing shoulders here with extremely knowledgeable numismatists. It’s like being on the bourse floor every day. Heck, I have even recently almost started to consider myself a mildly learned numismatist of late due to CT.
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  7. physics-fan3.14

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    If you read the article, the other half of the equation is "mentors."
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  8. ToughCOINS

    ToughCOINS Dealer Member Moderator

    Like books, mentors are great, but they fall well short of the importance of living the what the books and mentors can tell you, especially if you're delving into uncharted territory.
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