What Life Lessons Every Man Can Learn from Elon Musk

‘His evolutionary businesses and projects have earned him the title of “real-life Iron Man”. We all know him as Elon Musk, the multi-billionaire, wildly ambitious entrepreneur who has some of the best and wisest tricks to offer us about life.’

‘Here’s what he has to say.’

  1. Aim to go where others haven’t

‘Elon Musk recently exhibited Powerwall home battery, a vast leap in renewable energy as his latest innovation.’

‘To achieve what you want you mustn’t let anything stop you no matter how unconventional it is. ‘

  1. Test your financial limits

‘Before being the generation’s success that he is, Musk lived off at $1 a day at the age of 17. He still had hot dogs and oranges.’

‘He just wanted to test himself if he had what it takes to live the life he dreams of. This made him realize that money will never be an issue for him.’

  1. Create a culture of self investment

‘Failure is just a stepping stone to success. In order to succeed it is necessary to embrace self improvement. ‘

‘Musk says that you must do a regular self analysis on how you could do better than the day before and also understand the fundamental principles before examining associated theories.’

  1. Always have an exit plan

‘It is always important to have something to fall back on, a plan B.’

‘Musk says that if you start a project then you must end it on your terms and not be pushed out by clinging on to what was. ‘

  1. Reject the status quo

‘Musk sets a clear example for this one. His vision brought about a change in the auto industry. Tesla is ”starting to bring premium environmentally friendly automobiles and doing away with fossil fuel. ‘

‘Have the confidence in your abilities to refuse the status quo. That’s what all the great visionaries including Elon Musk did.’

  1. Surround yourself with exceptional people

‘A man is known by the company he keeps. Company of intelligent and talented people will always have a positive influence on you.’

‘Musk himself is linked with the best and brightest minds like ”Peter Thiel, Max Levchin, David Sacks, Roelof Botha, and Keith Rabois all of whom are responsible for launching over 14 successful projects.’

  1. Never over-weigh your risk

‘Musk believes that ‘‘something as fundamental as making money or feeding yourself shouldn’t serve as a roadblock from taking the next step.”

  1. Become the master of your own destiny

‘Do your best and leave the rest is what Musk believes in. He says your focus and control should be on your actions. If you really want to achieve something you must be fully focused to realize the sacrifices it needs.’

  1. Don’t let ego blindside success

‘It is important to know if it’s worth fighting for an idea or not. You mustn’t let your ego cloud your judgment.’

  1. Prepare to Pivot

‘Adaptation comes as a crucial part of big businesses.’

‘Musk turned X.com into PayPal, taking an online bank and made it into a global payment transfer provider. He then sold it to eBay when he deemed it necessary.’

  1. Be Charitable

‘Musk has pledged to donate most of his fortune to Warren Buffett’s Giving Pledge. He also says that Tesla will not pursue patent lawsuits against someone who in good faith wants to use their technology.’

‘He believes that making contribution to humanity is essential for personal success and satisfaction.’

  1. Stay Ambitious

‘Whatever you think, you can or you can’t, you’re right. To make something happen you must believe in it.’

‘To develop electric cars as the standard automobile of the future is Musk’s fixated ambition. ‘‘Musk still finds the motivation to keep his vision alive.”

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