People love and hate Elon Musk.
We love his innovative mind that made many impossible possible, yet we hate his bizarre personal and professional life that contains many controversies.
If we visit Forbes' real-time billionaire list now, we'll find this Tesla CEO on the very top. He is the wealthiest person on earth who got there from literally nothing - and in the process risked everything he had. We know all those stories, don't we?
Whether we hate it or not - we cannot deny Musk's tremendous influence on people in today's world. He is indeed a mad genius.
In this post, I'm going to share a few inspiring quotes from Elon Musk that I think everyone should keep close to their hearts.
Because they are full of great wisdom that can bring the best out of you and help you navigate life more easily.
"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."
Isn't that a marvelous quote worth reading time and again?
You can fall into pessimism, thinking about all the doom and gloom, or you can be optimistic and be a part of building a better future. The point is - how you'll see your day depends on you (not some outside forces).
Well, you can say that the future is extremely bleak considering climate change, ongoing political unrest, the threat of nuclear war, severe inflation, and all.
But don't you see - we need to be more optimistic in the times when nothing goes according to plan. Otherwise, what can we do? Want to surrender yourself to darkness? I hope not.
So, get up in the morning and make it a bright day by thinking of a better future and be a part of making it a reality.
"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."
People are always uncomfortable about innovation. They love to continue the same old routine and feel threatened when something new crosses their path. So they become critical of the new things they see.
All innovators face tremendous blows from the general people. People hate innovation before embracing it.
When Henry Ford introduced cheap, reliable cars, people criticized him and said, 'Nah, what's wrong with a horse?' But thank god! Ford didn't listen to the mob and continued his journey to revolutionize the automobile industry.
So, tell yourself loud and clear - no matter what new things you do, people will be ready to hit you right on the face. What would you do then? Just do what you believe in and ignore others' opinions.
Embrace innovation. Don't let some nonsense derail you from the right track.
"It's OK to have your eggs in one basket as long as you control what happens to that basket."
Some people say, don't put all your eggs in one basket. But Elon says it doesn't matter if you can control what happens to that basket.
You'll be surprised to know how Musk controls his basket. He gets very involved in the companies he owns.
At Tesla, he issued directives on seat cushions, the shape of the headlights, and even the style of the trunk on the company's forthcoming mid-range sedan, according to Inc.
At SpaceX, he interviewed hundreds of employees in its early days. He says, "I actually interview everyone at SpaceX personally."
Musk controls what happens to his basket, and the result is right in front of our eyes. If you can do so, don't worry about putting all your eggs in one basket.
"I think it is possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary."
The critical phrase here is "choose to."
People don't become extraordinary overnight. But, if they choose to be extraordinary, they work hard to achieve that.
Musk claims he regularly works 80 to 120 hours per week. Isn't that insane for a CEO of any company?
Many of you already know most of the time, he doesn't go home and sleeps in the factory. Why? Because he decided to be extraordinary with his talent and constant hard work.
He leads from the front and inspires others to do more.
In an email to his employees, this Tesla boss said, "The more senior you are, the more visible must be your presence. This is why I lived in the factory so much - so that those on the line could see me working alongside them. If I had not done that, Tesla would long ago have gone bankrupt."
I hope you've understood that if you choose to be extraordinary, you can do so by working hard towards your goals.
So, stop overthinking, and choose to be extraordinary.
"My biggest mistake is probably weighing too much on someone's talent and not someone's personality. I think it matters whether someone has a good heart."
The business world is very selfish; employees are judged based on what they can contribute to the company's growth.
When anyone fails to provide as much as she would give in the past, he/she is removed immediately. Unfortunately, big companies often lack big hearts.
Musk was no exception. We know the story of Mary Beth Brown, Musk's long-term assistant, whom he fired when she asked for a raise.
But Musk learned his lesson over the years. He confessed in an interview that one of his biggest mistakes was weighing too much on someone's talent and not someone's personality.
In my professional life, I've also seen my company removing their long-term loyal employees as a measure of cost-cutting and then suffering with inexperienced newbies.
I think it's a great lesson not to judge anyone solely based on his talent and ignore his heart. Because a talented person without a good heart can sabotage everything in secret and drag you in the street.
I hope these wisdom nuggets from Elon Musk will help you navigate life more easily.
So, don't forget to - be optimistic about the coming days, be creative in what you do, control your basket with all your talent and wisdom, work hard and choose to be extraordinary, and hire people not only with talent but also with good hearts.
I wish you an exciting and eventful life.
*Originally published on Medium (link)