How does Elon Musk do what he does? How does one guy start 4 billion dollar companies that are all disruptive? What kind of mind does these kind of things and where do we find more of them? How do we clone Elon Musk?
Besides starting PayPal, SpaceX, Tesla Motors, and SolarCity, Elon has 2 more notable ideas that he just doesn’t have time to work on. He would like to design the Hyperloop, a transportation system that could get people from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 30 minutes. And he wants to design supersonic electric jets. He can do it but he just doesn’t have the time.
Elon tells us a lot about how he thinks and maybe we should be listening and learning to channel Elon Musk? Elon talks about thin king from “First Principles”. The idea being that instead of looking at a problem from the perspective of the way people always have, wipe the slate clean and look at the fundamentals.
For example, making batteries for electric cars. People say, “Batteries are way to expensive so you can’t build electric cars that are cost effective.” But Elon says, “What is a battery made of and what do the raw materials cost?” From that he concludes that batteries can be made far cheaper than they are today if produced in high quantity. So – he’s building the gigafactory, the biggest battery factory in the world.
So – the world needs more Elons, but the technology to copy him isn’t there. So how do we reproduce his abilities so that Elon can spend more time with his 5 kids? How do we learn to think like Elon and teach our children how to think like Elon? How do we make “Thinking like Elon” a college course?
In a lot of ways I think like Elon, but not at his scale. So I’m going to throw out some ideas and let’s come up with new ideas in the mode of “Thinking like Elon”.
I remember 25 years ago being at a Republican political event where I was talking to some state representative about politics. I made this suggestion, “Instead of Republicans and Democrats fighting over who gets the blame for doing the wrong thing, why don’t you do the right thing and fight over who gets the credit?” The guy said, “That’s a brilliant idea!” It never happened, but it was a brilliant idea.
Another example, “Why don’t we start a religion based on believing in everything that is real and then we can tackle the big questions like “Meaning of Life” and “Purpose of Humanity in the Universe” from a totally scientific perspective? That’s my Church of Reality idea.
Today I’m meeting with the Humanists in Palo Alto who are figuring out who they are and what they are doing today. I’m going to suggest a new definition for Humanism as a reality based religion and that we should compete in the religious space to “Win souls for Darwin”.
But – enough of my ideas. The question here is – how do we clone Elon? I want you to share your first principle ideas here giving examples like I have and discuss ways to get more people to do what Elon does so that I can fly in an electric jet.