Elon Musk is changing how the world views space travel, electric cars, tunnels and more.
Recently I watched Elon Musk in an interview about his new Starship.
In this interview, he had a few points.
First of all, the most important thing to do is to ask the right question. Whether it’s building a rocket or an organization, you need to ask the right questions to get where you need to go.
Secondly, he argued that everyone in the organization needs to understand how most of the systems work. They must assume the constraints they are under are likely wrong. They need to design and think for the whole organization. Elon was talking about building a rocket, but I think the applications go beyond it.
Thirdly, he said one of the most significant errors that engineers make is they optimize a part that shouldn’t exist.
I think Elon Musk has changed a lot of the world by his work ethic and perspective on many things.
His work ethic is legendary, where he puts in over 80 hours a week regularly at work. Yet, what’s changed more things is his relentless capacity to find solutions to problems.
I love how he simply looks to solve a problem without respecting norms. He doesn’t look for how people have fixed things in the past. He simply looks for how he could solve the problem. His solutions usually surprise people, and they work.
Examples of solutions.
Tesla—Electric cars that are fast and powerful
The Boring Company—Underground tunneling to relieve traffic.
The Cybertruck—A different look for a truck.
SpaceX—Build and launch satellites for everyone on earth, so you can fund your goal to reach Mars.
His dreams are crazy, ambitious, and literally out of this world. Somehow, though, Elon Musk keeps hitting his targets. Because of Musk’s work, our world is changing.
I could learn something from Elon Musk.