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Learning is one of the overcommunicated but underleveraged tools of the common entrepreneur.

Everyone talks about methods of learning, but few people find realistic and authentic techniques that actually yield a net profit in the information and application categories.

Elon Musk has broken through that barrier with learning techniques that have proven successful not just once, but time and time again.

A good argument could be made that Musk has leveraged his learning by becoming a disruptor. He and his companies have shifted entire industries, including the transportation sector, the energy sector, and the space sector.

He recently announced at a press conference that his plans for his biotech company Neuralink are progressing quite nicely, hinting at yet another sector which his hands will likely shift in the coming years.

Yes, Musk is a once-in-a-lifetime genius. Likely on the same levels as Nikola Tesla, Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton. He has a different way of viewing problems than the average entrepreneur.

Of course, he reads hundreds of books. He works with top-level thinkers. He has astronomical levels of funding to put towards his every whim. But that’s not what makes him a great learner.

His learning methods aren’t that regal. In fact, his two rules for how to learn anything faster can be implemented by anyone at any time. Including you.

You, too, can be a rocket scientist, if you wanted. Here’s how.

When it comes to learning, Musk is quick to note that he believes that most people can learn more than they currently know.

When it comes to the average entrepreneur, Musk claims that they often don’t break through their perceived limits and try to learn beyond their current capacity. Or, as he goes on to clarify, they don’t know how to outline their information in a way that leads to further revelation.

In a conversation on Reddit, Musk discussed his approach to learning and the structure he uses as such :

“One bit of advice: it is important to view knowledge as sort of a semantic tree — make sure you understand the fundamental principles, i.e. the trunk and big branches, before you get into the leaves/details or there is nothing for them to hang on to.”

From this, we begin to see Elon Musk’s first rule of learning:

Rule #1 — Make sure you’re building a tree of knowledge

What does this mean for you practically? It helps the common entrepreneur understand that not everything is weighed with equal gravitas or importance.

When it comes to learning, there is a difference between material that ends up hanging from a branch and the material that makes up the base of the trunk of your tree.

It’s the periphery vs. the central.

Musk is a master of understanding what is at the core of each of the sectors his entrepreneurial ventures sit in.

He starts there, ensuring that he has the best possible grasp on the “trunk” material before moving off into the minutiae of the branches and the leaves.

Many of us do the opposite. We load up on periphery facts while never fully understanding how or why they connect back to the trunk. This outward-facing-in method leaves many of our brains overcrowded with misidentified and, ultimately, unimportant knowledge.

That’s not learning. It’s cramming.

The result of our efforts is a tree with a toothpick trunk and an overload of teeming branches, threatening to snap off as we try to cram one more idea or thought within our brains.

If you want to learn anything faster, you need to start with the materials that make up the trunk. It might be a tad slower at the onset, but without a sturdy trunk, you won’t have the base to support any additional learning and skill.

The brilliance of Elon Musk’s learning strategy isn’t necessarily in his ability to understand core central concepts.

Many entrepreneurs over generations have had solids grasp on core tenets and principles.

Musk’s brilliance is found in his second rule of learning, which underlines his ability to build vast and towering trees of intellect across multiple sectors.

Rule #2 — You can’t remember what you can’t connect

This is how Musk was able to span sectors and shift entire industries seemingly overnight.

He started with solid roots and dense trunks, and then as he began to grow his knowledge upward, he began connecting branches and leaves together with other branches and leaves from other trees.

Musk never learns a piece of information at random. Everything he intakes, he connects back to some deeper, more solid base.

Most learners today are not master gardeners, but stick collectors. We walk around life, picking up tidbits here and tidbits there until our arms are full of sticks.

Once we have a good bunch of sticks, we do what comes naturally whenever there is a pile of sticks lying around. We burn them.

We think the size of our fires equals the size of our learning. But we are slow to realize what Elon Musk has built his entire learning structure on: that fires burn out.

Musk plants trees, in rich soil, that grow to be thick and abundant centers of learning.

You can do the same. You just need to embrace his two rules. Build the trunk first, then work tirelessly on making connections.

Exponential growth

Like any new system, it might take you a bit to get the hang of it. You might actually feel like you are learning slower than you did previously. That’s okay. What you’re actually doing is building the foundation for exponential growth.

Henry Ford once said , “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.”

If you want to learn anything faster, try the Elon Musk approach, but be warned. You may end up becoming a rocket scientist far faster than you previously thought possible.

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  • "they don’t know how to outline their information in a way that leads to further revelation."
  • "it is important to view knowledge as sort of a semantic tree — make sure you understand the fundamental principles, i.e. the trunk and big branches, before you get into the leaves/details"
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    • Make sure you’re building a tree of knowledge
    • You can't remember what you can't connect.
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The Profile Dossier: Elon Musk, the Architect of the Future - The Profile

As a complement to the regular Sunday newsletter , the Profile Dossier is a comprehensive deep-dive on a prominent individual. The dossier editions are only available to paying subscribers.

SpaceX. Tesla. Neuralink. SolarCity. Starlink. The Boring Company. Hyperloop. OpenAI. Future of Life Institute.

Elon Musk is taking on … virtually everything. The self-made billionaire is singularly focused on “saving humanity” by creating a clean energy future, colonizing Mars, and attempting to expand the breadth of human consciousness.

He’s one of the most radical and innovative thinkers of our time, which means that he’s also attracted heavy backlash from the incumbents he’s trying to disrupt. And there are a lot of incumbents because he happens to be involved in everything from the automotive industry to aerospace to solar energy to satellite to even multi-planetary expansion.

WaitButWhy author Tim Urban put it best : “The dude is a steel-bending industrial giant in America in a time when there aren’t supposed to be steel-bending industrial giants in America, igniting revolutions in huge, old industries that aren’t supposed to be revolutionable.”

Even though smart, rich, and important people told Musk that he was lighting his time and money on fire because no entrepreneur had ever succeeded in building cheap rockets or long-range electric cars, he persisted. “When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor,” he says.

His work paid off in spades recently when SpaceX made history as the first private company to launch humans into space. It demonstrated to the world that rocket reusability as a long-term approach can make space exploration cheaper and more sustainable. In other words, Musk did it even though the odds were not in his favor.

“This is a dream come true. In fact, it feels surreal. If you'd asked me when starting SpaceX if this would happen, I'd be like, 1% chance, 0.1% chance,” Musk said about the launch .

In this Dossier, we’ll learn about the importance of originality, creativity, and independent thought.

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On the way Musk’s brain works : This four-part series on Elon Musk in the blog WaitButWhy is the single best profile of him you will ever read. It delves into Musk’s ambitions, companies, mindset, and decisions. You will gain an understanding of why Musk is doing what he’s doing and why he’s able to do what he’s doing. Just a warning that once you dive into this, you’ll be sucked in for hours on end.

On reinventing the world (and Mars) : Musk is certainly not short on ambition. One of his companies is trying to upend the auto industry. Another is trying to put people on Mars. Yet another is trying to bring electricity to everyone who needs it. This is a fascinating portrait of the man who wants to reinvent the entire world in a single lifetime.

On his crusade to stop the A.I. apocalypse : Ever wonder what keeps Musk up at night? The possibility that when machines become smarter than humans, robots will take over the world and make us all their slaves. Here's a terrifying scenario of the future: Imagine tiny synthetic bacteria with tiny computers hiding inside your bloodsteam & everyone else's. And then, simultaneously, they release one microgram of botulinum toxin and everyone just drops dead at the same time. Game over for humanity. Here’s how Musk plans to save us from machine-learning overlords.

On battling loneliness : Even billionaires succumb to loneliness. In this profile, Musk discusses his marriage to writer Justine Musk, his marriage to actress Talulah Riley, and his breakup from actress Amber Heard. The billionaire shakes his head and grimaces: “If I’m not in love, if I’m not with a long-term companion, I cannot be happy.” The writer explains that needing someone so badly that you feel like nothing without them is considered codependence. Musk disagrees and says, “It’s not true. I will never be happy without having someone. Going to sleep alone kills me.” ( Related: The Science Behind Why Social Isolation Can Make You Lonely )

On inventing the future : Ashlee Vance’s biography of Musk is like a roller-coaster ride. You’ll find yourself in awe when you realize just how many times Tesla, SpaceX, and his other companies were one hair away from imploding. Yet Musk always managed to save them from the brink at the last possible second. The story takes us back to Musk’s tumultuous upbringing in South Africa all the way to his dramatic technical innovations and entrepreneurial pursuits. It’s a great read.

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On the future of human consciousness : This conversation delves into Musk’s belief that artificial intelligence will be able to outthink humans in every way. “It feels like consciousness exists in a different dimension, but that could be an illusion,” Musk says. “If you damage your brain in some way physically, then you damage your consciousness, which implies that consciousness is physical.” Take a peek into Musk’s view of the future, and why he decided to build his futuristic company Neuralink. This is a must-listen.

On Tesla’s turbulent year : 2018 was a tough year for Tesla. In this episode, Kara Swisher grills Musk like no one else can. She asks him about using Twitter without a filter, going to war with the press, his “excruciating” year, why he pushes himself so hard, and how his sleep deprivation had affected his leadership. What a conversation.

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On his secret sauce : This TED Talk interview explores Musk’s so-called “secret sauce.” First, how does he so effectively pull together design, technology, and business and synthesize them in a way that very few people can? And more importantly, how does he feel so damn confident it’ll succeed that he’s willing to bet his entire fortune on it time and time again?

On dealing with public scrutiny : Musk has appeared on Joe Rogan’s podcast twice. The first was in 2018 when Musk was under fire for his public pronouncements about Tesla’s manufacturing goals and sales targets. He was also facing a subpoena from the SEC and a litany of lawsuits claiming market manipulation. Musk addressed all of this by appearing on Rogan’s show where he sipped whiskey, smoked marijuana, and talked about the end of the universe.

On evolving humanity forward : Musk’s latest Rogan appearance was in May, a month before SpaceX’s historic launch. In the podcast, he says something interesting: “Too many smart people go into finance and law. That’s both a compliment and a criticism.” He argues that society could benefit from “more people making stuff” and fewer people focusing on finance. “Making a car is an honest day’s living, that’s for sure,” Musk says.

On his relentless persistence : This fascinating documentary gives us an inside look at SpaceX's plan to get humanity to Mars. Filmed over the course of three years, this film takes us behind the scenes with Musk and his engineers as they persevere amidst both disheartening setbacks and huge triumphs to advance the space industry.

On creating magic : In this graduation speech, Musk talks about the power of innovation. He quotes Arthur C. Clark, who said that sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. “If you go back 300 years, the things we take for granted today, you’d be burned at the stake for,” Musk says. He points that his interest in how the universe works goes back to having an existential crisis: “I was trying to figure out ‘what does it all mean?’ Like what’s the purpose of things?” This is a really good one.

TECHNIQUES TO TRY.

Consider your mental software: When Musk looks at people, he sees computers . Thinking of our brains as computers can actually serve us well. It allows us to consider the distinction between our mental “hardware” (our raw intelligence and natural talents) and our “software” (our belief systems & thought patterns). The hardware is like a ball of clay handed to us at birth, but it’s the software that determines what kind of tool the clay gets shaped into. In other words, your brain software is the most important product you possess, so make sure you design it well, test it every day, and optimize the software by ingesting quality information.

Start from first principles: First-principle thinking is extremely useful in everyday life. So many of us do things a certain way simply because that’s how they’ve always been done. Few of us ask, “Why?” Musk believes we need to think like a scientist, cut through all the conventional thinking, and start with only the information you know to be scientific fact. Here’s what he says about how he learns: “It is important to view knowledge as sort of a semantic tree — make sure you understand the fundamental principles, like the trunk and big branches, before you get into the leaves/details or there is nothing for them to hang on to.”

Avoid blind tribalism: Tribalism and dogma are severely prevalent in our society. If you don’t neatly fit into a political party, then good luck. Because so many of us crave connection, we’re willing to flush our independent reasoning skills down the drain and blindly adopt a certain group’s dogmatic beliefs instead (ie: install someone else’s software). This is how a lot of conventional thinking is born, so to find out just how open-minded your friends are, try challenging their beliefs and assumptions about politics or religion. Think for yourself.

Aim to be a chef: Here’s how WaitButWhy’s Tim Urban characterized the difference between the way Elon thinks and the way most people think. It’s the difference between a chef and a cook. “When I say chef, I don’t mean any ordinary chef,” Urban writes. “I mean the trailblazing chef—the kind of chef who invents recipes. And everyone else who enters a kitchen—all those who follow recipes—is a cook.” The chef reasons from first principles, whereas the cook works off of some version of a recipe that’s already out there. While creating something new may be messy and terrible and awful at first, remember that in this life, we only have two options: create or imitate. Don’t be afraid to experiment with new ingredients.

Face your fears with facts: When we’re scared of something, we’re likely using our emotions to gauge the danger. Musk looks at it literally and sees the facts until he renders it harmless. For example, he used to be afraid of the dark as a kid. “But then I came to understand, dark just means the absence of photons in the visible wavelength—400 to 700 nanometers. Then I thought, well it’s really silly to be afraid of a lack of photons,” he says. So ask yourself, is your fear rooted in logic or is it simply misplaced?

QUOTES TO REMEMBER.

"I think it is possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary."

"When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor."

"It's OK to have your eggs in one basket as long as you control what happens to that basket."

"If you get up in the morning and think the future is going to be better, it is a bright day. Otherwise, it's not."

"When Henry Ford made cheap, reliable cars, people said, 'Nah, what's wrong with a horse?' That was a huge bet he made, and it worked."

"Some people don't like change, but you need to embrace change if the alternative is disaster."

"There's a tremendous bias against taking risks. Everyone is trying to optimize their ass-covering."

"Failure is an option here. If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough."

"Persistence is very important. You should not give up unless you are forced to give up."

"I could either watch it happen or be a part of it."

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Electric Cars is the future!

Tesla has changed the world. Elon Musk has become one of the most important innovators of the last century. And Tesla has a pretty substantial lead in the EV market.

But his massive success has awoken the competition. They’re thinking bigger and dreaming more radically than they have in decades. They’ve been either inspired by or terrified by Elon’s rapid ascent and now they’re playing offense again. The next ten years will see a complete and total revolution for the auto industry and the biggest brands in the western world are absolutely intent on being a part of it.

And they’re going to be spending big money in order to play. Shareholders are clearly demonstrating their consent:

The above chart should serve as a good reminder that having a lead doesn’t mean keeping it forever. Ford’s Mach-E Mustang is not going to be the only legacy automaker’s model to take market share from Tesla in 2021…

I highly recommend you read about the hockey stock growth era for electric vehicles here at Kraneshares , it’s a great piece with lots of great stats.

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Commercial, Distributed Energy Resources, Energy Storage, Industrial, Commercial, Finance, Industrial, Solar - June 21, 2016

Electric car and energy storage system manufacturer Tesla Motors Inc. has made an offer to purchase rooftop solar company SolarCity Corp., the company announced in a June 21 blog post.

Looking to combine Tesla's electric car and energy storage business with one of the largest rooftop solar companies, Tesla's board of directors offered $26.50 to $28.50 per share for SolarCity, representing a premium of about 21% to 30% over the company's June 21 closing price of $21.19. Based on the number of SolarCity shares outstanding, according to Bloomberg, the offer could be valued up to $2.86 billion.

Tesla said on its blog :

Tesla’s mission has always been tied to sustainability. We seek to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable transportation by offering increasingly affordable electric vehicles. And in March 2015, we launched Tesla Energy, which through the Powerwall and Powerpack allow homeowners, business owners and utilities to benefit from renewable energy storage. It’s now time to complete the picture. Tesla customers can drive clean cars and they can use our battery packs to help consume energy more efficiently, but they still need access to the most sustainable energy source that’s available: the sun.

Elon Musk, who serves as chairman, CEO and product architect of Tesla, also serves as chairman of SolarCity, whose CEO, Lyndon Rive, is Musk's cousin. Musk, who is also a majority shareholder of both companies, said on a conference call regarding the offer that he will recuse himself from voting on the proposal.

“In my personal opinion, this is obviously something that should happen,” Musk reportedly said on the call. “It’s a no-brainer.”

Tesla in April revealed new details and pricing information about its highly anticipated and publicized Powerpack energy storage system, aimed at utilities and businesses. At the time, it said it had already installed systems at Target, Advanced Microgrid Solutions and Jackson Family Wines.

SED's Take: Clever move by Elon Musk for 3 reasons: 1) The timing is right to offer integrated solar and storage programs; 2) he gets a competitive advantage with C&I customers looking for solar plus storage; 3)he gets to buy SolarCity at a 50% discount from its 52-week high. Musk's vision of creating a one-stop shopping experience where consumers can purchase an electric vehicle, a solar system and an energy storage system with "a few clicks" is compelling. Two immediate questions that come to mind. One, how will solar developers and energy storage companies respond to what may be a competitive disadvantage? Two, how will Musk leverage solar to sell more batteries and vice versa? Let us know what you think in the comments box below. - John Failla

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Elon Musk is truly an amazing and intelligent man. In this biography written by Ashlee Vance, you will learn about Musk’s childhood, Tesla, and much more. The author interviewed many of the people featured in this book to make it feel more real and legitimate, and it makes it feel more natural. Along the way, there are some pictures and descriptions for you to look at. After reading the book and looking back at those pages, it’s very interesting seeing how you interpret some of the objects, and how they differ from the actual vehicles and crafts.

Elon has a very unique personality, and it develops and improves as the book goes on, which makes you want to keep reading. You will learn about all the different things he designs and how he becomes an inspiring figure. There are many reviews on the back of the book from fellow founders of large companies and just successful people in general.

Sadly, the major downfall of this book is the fact that there is a good amount of mature language. It’s not abused, but be aware that there are some words that you will just have to get used to seeing.

I think all of the chapters in this book are worthy and should exist. But my favourite chapters were Elon’s World, Africa, Elon’s First Start-Up, and the Revenge of the Electric Car. That doesn’t mean that any of the other chapters are bad. I will say I got very bored on the Canada chapter, which is kind of ironic.

However, pretty much everything you need to know, and more is all in this book. You will probably read many things you have never known about Musk, which thus improves your reading experience.

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Elon Musk is the founder and CEO of Tesla Inc. Tesla Inc. has made a powerful brand name for itself under the leadership of Elon Musk. Musk’s strong leadership and vision for his company have been the driving force behind its success.

With many failures and successes to his name, Musk has utilized his extensive education and capabilities to grow this unique company from the ground up. As the only dedicated electric car manufacturer on the planet, Musk has engaged in clever strategies like Lean Six Sigma to grow his company into a globally recognized brand.

Tesla, the environment and Six Sigma

Tesla Inc. has focused on the production of electric motor vehicles since its inception. CEO Elon Musk’s vision is a cleaner planet, which he has committed to supporting by manufacturing cars that produce low carbon emissions. Part of the company’s philosophy is to ensure that waste products are reduced in the entire supply chain.

This means that the environment is considered from the sourcing of materials to make these cars, right through to customer delivery. Supported by the Six Sigma principles, as advocated by Peter Peterka, managing partner at Global Six Sigma , the company has expanded greatly over the past decade.

Tesla, Six Sigma and expansion strategies

Tesla Inc. also focuses on making clean energy batteries on which its cars run. Storing energy is a specialized field, and this company has made great strides in perfecting battery power. Storage between the electric car owner’s home and the grid scale from where they can replenish their batteries is greatly improved but ongoing.

In innovative efforts to meet new electric car battery needs and solar battery power, Tesla Inc. has purchased SolarCity . Their focus has, therefore extended to manufacturing solar roof tiles and solar panels to make home living more environmentally friendly as well.

How Six Sigma and robotics intercede

When a company uses robotics that can manufacture a car in three days, it seems that they are using a system of continuous improvement. Taking a rapid three days to put one of their electric cars together, makes it clearer why the company has been able to grow and expand at such a steady rate.

Taking 3 days to create an electric car from scratch is impressive. This time includes sourcing of the raw materials to completion with exacting details. All of this points to a very exacting production process, which equally suggests the use of the Kaizen system.

Using Kaizen to make electric cars

Kaizen is part of the Six Sigma philosophy that comprises improvements on an ongoing basis. Gilbert Passin worked as the Vice President of Manufacturing, and he confirms that the company is focused on a philosophy of enhancing efficiencies in their processes.

Passin additionally maintains that they accomplish these enhancements by employing talented engineers. The engineers concentrate on processing efficiencies, which is precisely how more value is embodied in their end products. The statements by Passin clearly illustrate the inclusion of Six Sigma methodologies in the way that Tesla does business.

Robot design incorporates precision and repetition

Passin adds that robots use precise repetitive motion to accomplish their tasks. These motions are augmented by human intelligence in the form of gifted Tesla engineers, who are supported by automation specialists.

All costs are carefully calculated and no materials stand idle. Robotics manufacture parts at the rate of 1 per 6 seconds . One location is used, and the operation exemplifies efficiency. The vehicles are all pre-ordered. All these tactics point to the Lean Six Sigma philosophy in action. This philosophy includes cost, time, processing reductions, efficiency and talent maximization and value add, plus profit maximization.

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Hyperloop Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors , uncovered Hyperloop, his new design, that will connect Los Angeles to San Francisco and which could be an alternative to current high-speed rail systems. Zintro experts describe the details of the design and discuss whether Hyperloop will become a better mode of transportation.

According to Richard Durrant, an expert in machine design and fabrication, Hyperloop would perform better on a single rail car traffic rather than individual small pods or long assemblies of cars. “The economics best suits small commuter groups who want high speed transport – they will support the higher initial costs. Additionally, the passenger car will have to be able to stop very quickly in case of any trouble in the system. Use of closed circuit cameras supported by AI detection analysis systems to anticipate problems well in advance of the actual occurrence will give more response time and may well save the concept,” he notes. “Early disruptions will not be acceptable to a population already ill at ease with transportation.” Durrant’s recommendation is to create a system housed below ground in order to remove weather conditions from the diagnostics matrix and the visual stimulus from intruders. “The more constant temperatures will reduce stress on the tube envelope and the rail system . The action of moving air from in front of the car and adding air to the rear is good from a propulsion energy point of view. A large scooping fan mounted in front to evacuate the wake pressure, which in turn directs air into four tubes, which have internal high pressure air movers, will be effective in moving air to the rear for discharge where the discharged air will reduce the negative drag pressure,” adds Durrant. “Stopping the fans will provide significant braking to the car. I don’t believe that earth tremors will actually be a problem, given current design options available to handle the resulting forces.”

Design engineer, Genesis E. S. argues that the new technology was not well designed and will not work at this stage. “First, the proposed speed of the pod is approximately 800 MPH, thus any air in front of it will need to be squeezed down or compressed to get it to the rear of the pod. That means a vent or pipe will need to go from the front of the pod to the rear. Assuming a simplistic calculation of one fourth the volume of the tube, the air will need to be compressed to four times the pressure in the tube to fit through the pipe and travel at least at the same rate or travel through the pipe at four times the velocity of the pod to maintain the same pressure,” he explains. “The amount of energy required to compress this much air is essentially a jet engine pulling the air from the front of the pod and pushing it out the back. So imagine an engine off, of a 787 or similar mounted in the pod with an intake and exhaust running through the pod and then pack a bunch of people around it. Between the noise and the heat, I think it would be safe to say ridership could be hindered by the lack of comfort and high potential for death.”

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5 Success Lessons from Elon Musk – Greatness Demystified

Elon Reeve Musk (born June 28, 1971) is a South African-born American entrepreneur and businessman who founded X.com in 1999 (which later became PayPal), SpaceX in 2002 and Tesla Motors in 2003. Musk became a multimillionaire in his late 20s when he sold his start-up company, Zip2, to a division of Compaq Computers. Elon Musk is one of the most iconic entrepreneurs of our generation.

Here are 5 lessons we learned from Elon Musk on success

Lesson 1: Only you can make your idea a reality

Every new thing starts with an idea, the success of which is completely dependent on the way you execute it. If you are not obsessed with your idea, no one else will be, either. You should be a 100 percent committed to your idea.

One of the key reasons for Elon’s success is the way he executes his ideas. While many people know Elon by the success of Tesla Motors or SpaceX, his very first venture was a web listing project like Yelp back in the ’90s, when only a few people used the internet. At that time, no one was convinced about his project, but his dedication paid off when after a few years, Compaq bought it for some $407 million in cash.

Lesson 2: Solve Problems Rather Than Chasing Money

One of the main take homes from Musk’s journey as an entrepreneur is that the free market rewards those who solve problems . The most productive, and profitable businesses focus on their products and services rather than simply chasing profitability.

The success of Tesla Motor’s has occurred because electric cars solve the problem of limited fossil fuel supplies. Musk capitalized on the desire to have more sustainable, and less fuel intensive transportation. By paying attention to what the market wanted, as opposed to simply raise profits, Musk found an untapped business opportunity.

Lesson 3: Don’t Rest on Your Laurels

There’s nothing wrong with taking some time to celebrate and enjoy your successes. But don’t take too long—always be looking to improve.

“It’s very important to have a feedback loop, where you’re constantly thinking about what you’ve done and how you could be doing it better. I think that’s the single best piece of advice: constantly think about how you could be doing things better and questioning yourself.” Musk

Lesson 4: Never give up

There were many times where circumstances did not correlate with Elon Musk’s vision. When this happened, he didn’t compromise on his vision; he risked everything despite the odds. Sometimes that risk paid off; other times it did not. Today is a testament to Elon Must never giving up despite these defeats.

No, I don’t ever give up. I’d have to be dead or completely incapacitated. ” Elon Musk

By sticking stubbornly to your vision, you can make that vision a reality. There will be times where you’ll want to give up, but if you keep at it, the reward will come. Elon Musk is a perfect example of someone who never gave up on his ultimate goal.

Lesson 5: Be an avid reader

A lifelong avid reader — including of comic books — Musk relies on reading for historical context. What he doesn’t read are business best-sellers. Musk said he never had a business mentor, but would look for feedback from the people around him and “feedback from the historical context” — books, in other words. He prefers books about scientists, engineers, and of course, entrepreneurs like himself.

“I like Franklin’s autobiography and a recent written biography on Franklin,” Musk

Musk literally taught himself rocket science by reading textbooks and talking to industry heavyweights.

Elon Reeve Musk (born June 28, 1971) is a South African-born American entrepreneur and businessman who founded X.com in 1999 (which later became PayPal), SpaceX in 2002 and Tesla Motors in 2003. Musk became a multimillionaire in his late 20s when he sold his start-up company, Zip2, to a division of Compaq Computers. Elon Musk is one of the most iconic entrepreneurs of our generation.

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Tesla Motors [NASDAQ: TSLA] CEO Elon Musk is recognized around the world as a "a modern visionary deserving of all our respect." That's what the India Times recently reported as they compared Musk to other tech icons. "The late Steve Jobs of Apple, Bill Gates of Microsoft, Sergey Brin and Larry Page of Google, and more recently Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg have all discussed their vision of the world. They all believe(d) in technology as a force multiplier, something that’s crucial to shape our collective future. But, with [all] due respect to everyone mentioned above, Elon Musk is cut from an altogether different cloth."

Above: Tesla CEO Elon Musk (Instagram: elon.musk.world)

Why? "The inspiration behind Iron Man’s Tony Stark persona and currently the 117th richest person in the world with a $10 billion net worth (according to Bloomberg), not to mention with an ex-wife as good as English actress Talulah Riley (of HBO’s Westworld fame), Elon Musk's an entrepreneur who has founded (and is running) a lot of innovative companies of our time — Tesla Motors, SpaceX, OpenAI, and SolarCity — that are inventing or mass producing tech-fuelled solutions to some of humanity’s biggest 21st century problems... [and that's] why we all owe our allegiance to Elon Musk!"

Above: A 90-second look at Elon Musk’s rise to fame (Source:The Telegraph)

And UK's Telegraph also just featured Musk (see above) in a recent series celebrating icons in the tech sector. The Telegraph reminds us that long before Tesla and SpaceX, "The South African-born entrepreneur immigrated to Canada ahead of his 18th birthday and later moved to the US. He began a PhD in applied physics and materials science at Stanford University but dropped out after just two days to set up his first company, becoming a millionaire by the age of 28." For innovators to learn more from this inspiring figure, the folks over at Innovation Excellence* highlight three key insights from Elon Musk...

Think big

Elon Musk is not interested in just starting successful companies. He has a vision of space exploration for the benefit of mankind. He wants to find radically new and cleaner ways of transporting people. In his own way, he wants to use science and entrepreneurship to make the world a better place. He has set out to make a big impact. If you have a big vision then it can inspire people and give you and your team a stronger sense of purpose and value.

Bypass the normal channels

Tesla Motors sells direct to end-users. It has ‘galleries’ in shopping malls rather than expansive dealer showrooms. It makes all its patent innovation transparent and available to others. It is refreshingly different from conventional car companies and this increases its appeal to people who want an unconventional and cleaner car.

Use one success to build another

Elon Musk did not settle back after selling his first internet start-up. When he made his first millions he did not retire to a villa on the beach. He used his early successes to fuel his big ambitions. If you have an early victory then use it as a platform for further bigger and bolder ventures.

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*Source:Innovation Excellence

Note: Article originally published onevannex.com

Tesla Motors [NASDAQ: TSLA] CEO Elon Musk is recognized around the world as a "a modern visionary deserving of all our respect." That's what the India Times recently reported as they compared Musk to other tech icons.

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Innovation and New Product Development: Elon Musk on becoming a multiplanet species

Elon Musk wants you to be inspired. He wants you to be inspired by the future . To him, an inspired future means we are a multiplanet species...

Last week, just six months after they proved the feasibility of reusable rockets, SpaceX plans to send their first Big Falcon Rockets (BFRs) to mars in 2022, and people to mars in 2024. The BFR is the most powerful rocket to fly, and fully reusable. What is the feasibility of this? SpaceX has proven over and over again that they say what they mean and mean what they say. According to Elon, the goal of these initial missions to mars is to find the best source of water, to construct a propellant plant and to establish and grow the first city on mars. He wants to be a multiplanet species because, “ It beats the hell out of being a single planet species .” It's what inspires him. In addition to traveling to mars, Elon also has ambitious plans for travel around earth. He also believes the BFR can be used to fly to most places on Earth in under 30 minutes and anywhere in the world in under 60 minutes. And did I mention at the same price as a full fare on a domestic flight? Can you imagine flying half way around the world in less than an hour? What’s the impact on where people work and live? On the global economy? Feeling inspired? Watch Elon's vision for the BFR and why it's important to be a multiplanet species here.

Interested in mastering Lean Product Development methodology? Watch the first half of our demonstration video to begin your inspired journey.

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Innovation and Lean product development. According to Elon, nothing inspires our future more than becoming a multiplanet species.

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