I’m in the middle of reading Ashlee Vance’s Biography on Elon Musk.
So far it is an incredibly insightful and exciting read.
Just to give you a little background on Elon, he was once a co-founder of Zip 2 and Paypal. He is currently the CEO of Tesla Motors, Space X, and a Chairman of Solar City.
How is it that Elon can be equally competent in building cars as he is in building rockets? How can a guy go from co-founding PayPal to exploring Space?
What separates Elon Musk from the rest?
Curiosity is an underlying principle between nearly every great titan of industry. You see everyday people going about their mundane lives, never striving for anything greater than what’s within their cubicle? The reason they never go outside their comfort zone is because they’re never curious enough to know what lies ahead.
People are longing for something more than what they currently experience, but never take action to change.
Elon pushes the boundaries on what’s possible. If he’s interested in something, he seeks to learn about it.
This brings up another principle that separates Elon and others like him.
The constant pursuit of knowledge.
In today’s age, it’s possible to know a little about everything. But, it’s also possible to know a lot about little.
There’s many today that have a little bit of knowledge over a large spectrum. But just knowing something small about a lot will never get you far enough in any one thing.
What Elon has done is completely immersed himself in a few areas. He’s taken advantage of the opportunities for learning that are available today. But he hasn’t just skimmed the hot points.
Elon Musk is drowning in information trying to see if he can stay afloat.
This has allowed him to develop rockets for less than ever before, create an automobile company that sells fully electric cars out of shopping malls, and made solar power no longer just a thing of the future, but a reality of today.
Elon Musk is a true renaissance man. AND, if he can keep it up, will truly be somebody talked about for centuries to come.