Elon Musk appears to be reading a George Washington book on how to behave

  • On Elon Musk’s bedside table, there seems to be a book on etiquette by George Washington.
  • Musk shared a photo Monday morning of what he says was on his bedside table.
  • The book provides advice on “how to dress, walk, eat in public and address your superiors”.

Elon Musk appears to be reading a George Washington book on how to behave in public, according to a snapshot of what he said was his nightstand that the billionaire shared Monday morning.

It’s unclear if Musk took the photo himself or if it’s actually his bedside table.

In the right corner of the bedside table is what looks like a group of small books. One appears to be Washington’s “Rules of Civility and Decent Conduct in Business and Conversation.” It could be part of a collection of “Books of American Wisdom,” which also includes the United States Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and Benjamin Franklin’s “The Way to Wealth.”

Washington’s book, which is about 36 pages long, contains 110 rules for being a gentleman.

“The rules focus on self-respect and respect for others through details of etiquette,” according to an Amazon listing of the book. .”

Similarly, Franklin’s “The Way to Wealth” is an essay containing a collection of proverbs about work ethic and frugality, with sayings such as “There are no gains, without pains” and “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man well, rich and wise. ” (Musk already has at least part of that: He’s worth about $180 billion, according to a Bloomberg tally.) He didn’t respond to Insider’s request for comment on his apparent bed reading.

Musk has long been known for his intensity and work ethic. At Tesla and SpaceX, he has pushed for lofty goals and has been known to work as many as 120 hours a week and sleep on the factory floor. But the richest man in the world doesn’t always seem to care about traditional etiquette.

He is known for his eccentric behavior, especially on social media. Most recently, Musk took to Twitter on Monday to criticize Apple for allegedly threatening to stop offering Twitter in the App Store. Musk also accused Apple of pulling the most ads on the social platform.

It wasn’t the first time Musk quickly started feuds and pranks on Twitter, from feuding Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Stephen King to posting masturbation jokes, Musk has long been known for ruffling feathers on social media.

Similarly, Musk is also a unique character in person. Tesla’s CEO and “Chief Twit” has reportedly sparked public attacks. Former executives have said the billionaire can be a difficult person to work for, prone to temper tantrums and instances of irate employees – allegations he has adamantly denied and called them “false” on Twitter and says he provides “clear and candid” feedback to employees.

The box set wasn’t the only thing on what Musk said was his nightstand. Also on the table was a reproduction of Emanuel Leutze’s painting of Washington crossing the Delaware River, as well as what appeared to be two replica pistols and several real cans of decaffeinated Diet Coke.

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