Elon Musk on keeping on keeping on

As a promoter of innovation and good decision making, I am always hesitant of getting too attached to what the icons like Google, Tesla, GE and others are doing. People take ideas from these organisations while forgetting about the culture, the context and the past of these organisations. Trying to copy and paste things that work in a US firm into a South African one is simply not that straightforward.

A few months ago I received this URL about an interview with Elon Musk from a friend. I filed under “to do when I have nothing important to do”. My friend raved about this video because it showed that even superheroes like Musk can cry on camera. This did not convince me to make space (!!) for this video.

So this morning, while attending to some administrative things, I watched this youtube video of an interview with Musk. I liked it very much. He talks about the difficulties of promoting an idea that is not supported by people that he admired. Yes, he gets a bit moist, but that is certainly not the main reason to watch this clip. Watching the SpaceX rocket return safely to the landing pad was just breathtaking!

So here it is. Take a look.

For me, the moral of the story is this. Don’t think that the current thought leaders will always appreciate your genius, your progress or your ideas. Challenging the Status Quo is tough. Even with lots of money it takes time, probably much longer than we all think.

I hope that you can today also decide to push harder despite not always receiving the recognition and the admiration that you believe you deserve!

2 thoughts on “Elon Musk on keeping on keeping on”

  1. I agree and have followed Tesla, SpaceX and Elons general business activities which interest me…

    My main comment is that it is difficult to break the mould when the environment is rigid but more accurately, degenerative. I don’t aspire to be like Elon in many ways but where I do is where he looks at opportunities not only to make money but to advance civilization, not because of his reasons but because we are creative and have the potential to be responsible.

    1. Dear Andrew, thank you for reading and for commenting. I agree with you, in many of our industries the environment is not supportive of change, so they are degenerative. I wonder if they only way out is for new people to come in from other sectors (or even countries)?

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