Elon Musk

In 2013

When I was in college, I thought about the things that will most effect the future of humanity… The 5 things that will most effect humanity were-

1. Sustainable energy

2. The Internet

3. Making life multi planetary

4. AI

5. Rewriting Human genetics

In college, what are you suppose to do?

1. Eat (twice a day)

2. Study (all day)

3. Sleep

As long as you have food in your stomach, you can live in the library.

How to spend time in the library-

1. Academics - Studying for exams/ reading relevant course material

2. Passion- AI, Neuroscience, Reddit CSS, Portfolio website, RedditBot in Python

3. Organization / planning- Budget, Food

College (2 years) = WORK ON YOURSELF => (Age 28- First Successful Business)

Nothing else matters other than FOOD and my BRAIN. I have to strive for the absolute truth.

Set daily achievable target and make sure to complete them.

Certainly being focused on something that you are confident will have high value to someone else. And being really rigours in making that assessment…. natural human tendency is wishful thinking. You have to really believe in your ideals and stick to them.

Extremely tenacious and then just work like hell…. you have to put in 80-100 hour week, every week… all those things improve the odds of success. If other people are putting in 40 hrs/week and you are putting in 100hrs/week… even if you are doing the same thing, you know that you will achieve in 4 months what it takes them 1 year to achieve.

He works at odd jobs across the country, before settling at Queen’s college in Toronto, Canada. In fact when I went to college, I rarely went to class. I just read the textbook and show up for exams. Musk got an Physics and Business degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a scholarship to go to Stanford. SIlicon valley was the promise land. I really wanted to go were the really exciting breakthroughs were occurring.

I was this little book wormy kid. So I just like read a lot of books and try to stay out of people’s way during school. That’s a typical nerd. I read all the comics I could buy or that they let me read at the bookstore before chasing me away. I read everything I could get my hands on, from when I woke up to when I went to sleep. At one point, I really ran out of books and started reading the encyclopedia. And he has a photographic memory, so he could remember everything. When Elon was 10 years old, he got tested by IBM and he was found to have one of the highest aptitude they had ever seen for computer programming. I tried to take some computer classes, but I was way ahead of the teacher. So I programmed a space game called, blaster. If you ask Elon, how he managed to teach himself rocket science, he will say “I read a lot of books”.

Who did you look to for advice?

Elon: I read a lot of books, and talked to a lot of people. Autobiography like franklin and about scientist and engineers like nikola tesla.