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How to be Successful – The Elon Musk Philosophy

Many may wonder where Musk’s drive comes from, no pun intended. A man like him is an icon for most men. He has accomplished more than most yet remains relatively humble. There are many articles on how to be successful out there, but you have to learn from the best; and well, Elon is the best. For this article, I’ll mostly let the man speak.

The Master Plan

Musk’s plan is “to create habitats for humanity on other planets and moons. If we don’t send our civilization into another Dark Ages before Musk or one of his dream’s inheritors pull it off, then Musk will likely be remembered as one of the most seminal figures of this millennium. Kids on all the terraformed planets of the universe will look forward to Musk Day, when they get the day off to commemorate the birth of the Earthling who single-handedly ushered in the era of space colonization.”

Elon is easy to read into: he cares about the world. Perhaps, his childhood and his fear of loneliness has something to do with it. The point is, we can derive Tip #1 from this: care about the goal. Caring about the goal feeds you with the motivation you need to make it happen.  It keeps your mind sharp and you’re willing to sacrifice more.

“The accomplishment, for Musk, is not just in making a $35,000 electric car; it’s in making a $35,000 electric car that’s so good, and so in-demand, that it forces other car manufacturers to phase out gas cars to compete.”

Tackling his Problems

                Musk is not afraid of any endeavor. This started early for him. At age 10 he became a self-taught computer programmer. He sold some of his code at age 12. We can start to see Tip #2: believe you can do it.

When building the Model 3 he said he tortured himself to get it done.  He had people depending on him, and that forced him to find a way. Tip #3: Take responsibility.

Clear Instructions

Getting to the point, Musk clearly defines steps to reaching a goal:

  1. Define your question.
  2. Research it.
  3. “Develop axioms based on the evidence, and try to assign a probability of truth to each one.
  4. Draw a conclusion based on cogency in order to determine: Are these axioms correct, are they relevant, do they necessarily lead to this conclusion, and with what probability?
5. Attempt to disprove the conclusion. Seek refutation from others to further help break your conclusion.
6. If nobody can invalidate your conclusion, then you’re probably right, but you’re not certainly right.”

Musk’s Philosophy

Furthermore, he goes on to say “you should try to take the set of actions that are likely to prolong civilization, minimize the probability of a dark age and reduce the length of a dark age if there is one.” That is his philosophy.

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