Elon Musk is the founder of Paypal, SpaceX and Tesla. The list of his accomplishments the past 15 years is outstanding. He is currently the 100th richest person in the world, with a net worth of $13.6 billion.
What makes Elon Musk so interesting, is first of all his sky high ambitions. Becoming a billionaire and founding super successful companies such as paypal, is not what he is looking for in and of itself. His goals are noble.
Elon looks at how he can contribute to the best future for humanity and that is in the areas of space exploration and energy in his opinion. His goals include starting a human colony on Mars and freeing the world of it dependency on fossil fuels. The vehicles to achieve these goals are the two companies SpaceX, Tesla Motors and Solar City.
Elon is focused, driven and ambitious in this crazy extreme way, that inspires me to set the bar higher for my own life. I mean, becoming financial independent from my own business and investing, seems a bit unambitious next to how Elon looks at his life.
He is in my opinion the most interesting entrepreneur living right now, maybe the most interesting in history. Who revolutionizes the car industry with a electric car better than the conventionals, while at the same time running a space company that builds rockets better than everyone else? Well Elon does.
Why is he so successful?
His massive goals and unique focus is an obvious answer. The sacrifices he makes, is very high and it is having its effects on his relationships which is one of the negative sides to his way of doing things. The amount of working hours and dedication described in the book, is not for faint hearted. He is really throwing it all in there to achieve his goals. He keeps going towards his visions for the future and have so far succeeded, when just about everyone else thought he would fail. I think another important factor of his success is that Elon knows that his mind is like a computer that can be reprogrammed by downloading new information, allowing him to learn new things very fast.
What are the key take-aways?
- Be more ambitious and set higher and more noble goals. Don’t waste your time working on stuff that you do not care about. Be more selective.
- It takes focus and sacrifice in a way few people can handle, to be very successful. Set time aside to focus on the things that really matters and where you need to be. These moments with yourself without disturbances is important.
- Your mind is like a computer that can be reprogrammed by downloading new information to it. This insight is why Elon can learn complicated subjects as rocket science so fast. Knowing that the mind is like a programmable computer and that your life is a product of the data/software in your mind, allows you to change your life, by changing your mind. Powerful stuff!
As i mentioned, Elon is probably the most interesting entrepreneur in the world and I highly recommend reading this book. It is a better thrill than watching the Iron Man movies, plus this guy is real.
Buy the book on Amazon here: Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
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Also, check out these really cool videos about Elon Musk.