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Brain coach used by Elon Musk’s SpaceX: 3 tips to learn anything faster

Brain coach Jim Kwik says billionaire Elon Musk hired him after they bonded over science fiction books like “Lord of the Rings” and Isaac Asimov’s “Foundation Series.”

“I think leaders are readers,” Kwik tells CNBC Make It.

After the Tesla and SpaceX CEO learned more about the work Kwik does — everything from teaching people how to speed read to helping them improve memory and accelerate learning — Musk was game.

″[Musk] brought me in because he realized, [like] the most successful people on the planet realize, that in order to be successful, you have to always be learning,” Kwik says.

This expert’s No. 1 performance hack takes almost no effort

Even billionaires like Elon Musk are looking for ways to get smarter.

To hone mental productivity skills like speed reading, improving memory and accelerating learning, CEOs and celebrities alike have turned to brain expert Jim Kwik. He’s the founder of Kwik Learning, and his clients have included organizations like SpaceX, Virgin, Nike and Harvard according to his website. 

But you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to implement Kwik’s ideas. He has one easy piece of advice that everyone can do to perform better: Get more sleep. 

“Sleep is so important, it is like one of the best life hacks there is,” Kwik says on an episode of “The James Altucher Show” podcast.