Elon Musk is a technology entrepreneur, engineer, and investor. He is the founder, CEO, and lead designer of SpaceX in 2002 and Tesler Motors in 2003. He also founded X.com in 1999 which later became PayPal. He has a net worth of 22.3 billion dollars by Forbes as the 40th richest person in the world. There is a lot to learn from Elon Musk’s creative drive. His success lies in the fact that he is practical and incredibly driven, and there are lessons to learn in his thought process.
Let us see what we can borrow.
Frame Goals to be Bigger Than Yourself
There are parallels between how Elon Musk frames his goals and the influence they have had on the level of drive and determination he has shown in his efforts. Musk also believes that to reduce the likelihood of eventual extinction, humans need to be a multi-planetary species. Due to this, establishing a colony on Mars is the long term goal of SpaceX, which is his rocket company.
This shows that the odds are stacked against him, but still, he continues to show up and he even has a history of delivering. And that is because his goals are not about him, but it is about the responsibility that he is committed to humanity and that is far bigger than he is.
If you want to frame a bad habit as a crime toward mother nature, to motivate yourself into taking action you can start by asking why. Why do you want to stop a particularly bad habit, maybe drinking? And if you want to stop it due to health reasons, then why is that important to you? Is it because you want to see your children grow into adults, or because you don’t want to prematurely depart from your spouse? Asking these personal questions will cause you to have a deep commitment. This is the secret behind Must’s drive.
Despite what Elon Musk has already accomplished, his journey is still in its infancy.