In Pursuit of Greatness: What you can learn from Elon Musk.
Elon Musk is a man that is a part of your life, whether you know it or not.
Heard of PayPal? Use it a couple hours ago?
Thank Elon Musk for that. He invented it.
Have a desire to drive an electric car someday? Want to do it cheaply?
You can thank our boy Elon for that too. His company, Tesla, is redefining what the electric car can be: stylish, affordable, and ground-breaking.
Oh yeah, Elon Musk is also the CEO and president of SpaceX, which plans to send ordinary guys like you and me to the stars in the not-too-distant future.
Do I have a hard-on for Elon Musk? No. What I do have is genuine respect for a quality he possesses that has helped elevate him into one of the world’s most admired business executives.
That quality is simply put, an inherent tunnel vision for greatness.
In a society where men put chasing girls, making money, and having drug-fueled fun at the top of their priority list, Elon Musk is an anomaly.
He’s chasing the impossible dream, because he wants to change the world, and he’s doing it. He understands the deepest hunger of man; to become legendary. But he doesn’t sit around twiddling his thumbs, watching Monday Night Football. He’s not on match.com. He’s out in pursuit of what he wants, because he knows that action is the only way a man can achieve his goals.
By action, I mean the singular pursuit of what matters. Nothing else comes in between that.
Does that mean that you have to quit caring about your wife, your kids, your buddies down at the Dirty Shame Saloon?
No. But what it means is that you need to have a goal, and that goal needs to drive you.
Not that fancy car.
Not the Dolla Dolla Bills.
Because if you make your goal, the thing that you want to become great at, your focus, those things will come.
Again, let’s bring up our boy Elon.
Think when he started on his journey to give us PayPal, he had a model for a girlfriend, a ferrari, and enough money that he could wipe his ass with dollar bills instead of TP?
But he had his vision, and he made damn sure he accomplished it. Then? He dated a few models. Sold PayPal for a couple hundred million dollars. If he wanted a ferrarari, I’d bet my ass he could have one parked in his driveway within 24 hours.
But here’s the ultimate take-away, the thing that really makes Elon Musk a man to learn from. He could have just cashed out when he sold PayPal, and frittered away the rest of his life on some island that he owned with a bevy of Playmates to keep him entertained. But he didn’t. As soon as he accomplished one goal, he made another one his focus. He invented Tesla, then after that, SpaceX.
He’s not even forty yet.
What does that tell you? It tells you that you can accomplish a hell of a lot. Don’t worry about the women. Don’t worry about being popular. Don’t worry about getting high at Coachella.
Be better than that. Want more than that. Become legendary.
After that? You will have the opportunity to do any of those things, anytime you want.
Yours in Virtues and Victory,