Tim Urban

Writer

Tim Urban cofounded the blog Wait But Why with Andrew Finn in 2013. His posts about Artificial Intelligence, Elon Musk, and the Fermi Paradox have been read millions of times.

Book Recommendations


The Fountainhead

by Ayn Rand

“The Fountainhead was a major influence when I wrote a long blog post about why I think Elon Musk is so successful. To me, he’s like Roark—he’s tremendous at reasoning from first principles. In the post, I call this being a “chef” (someone who experiments with ingredients and comes up with a new recipe). Musk is unusually cheflike. Most of us spend most of our lives being like Keating, or what I call a “cook” (someone who follows someone else’s recipe). We’d all be happier and more successful if we could learn to be chefs more often—which just takes some self-awareness of the times we’re being a cook and an epiphany that it’s not actually as scary as it seems to reason independently and act on it.”

Tim Urban, Excerpt From: Timothy Ferriss. “Tribe of Mentors.”
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