Elon Musk is a person who is deeply committed to his work. He is determined and doesn’t stop until he has achieved his goal. Often compared to Tony Stark, but he has his own portfolio of achievements that has changed the automobile industry, challenging the existing beliefs in space travel, communications and the internet, solar power, artificial intelligence and healthcare.

Here are 5 things that you and I can learn from Elon Musk:

Self study

Elon believes that anything can be learned; when he was very young, he taught himself how to program a video game. He taught himself engineering while he was building his reusable rocket. In an interview he said,

“You don’t need college to learn stuff.”

As employees, we can copy what he did and gain skills that we can apply at work. For example, we can learn customer service skills while dealing with customers at work. We can simply read books, articles or watch videos that could help us elevate our knowledge about customer relations.

Work harder

He works up to a hundred hours every week. That’s why his results are phenomenal. He joggles his time overseeing projects in several of his companies. As of May 2021, he is involved in the following companies: SpaceX, Tesla, The Boring Company, Neuralink, and Open AI.

“Work hard every waking hour.”

Working an extra hour a day could set you apart from other employees; a good idea is to come to work early and complete your tasks while no one else is in the office. This way you can concentrate on your most valuable task, finish early and spend your free time doing other important matters.

Think differently

It’s all too easy to fall into the trap of thinking the same way as everybody else. Unlike you and me, he is focused on development instead of his company’s advancement. Learning and perseverance is his priority instead of career advancement. And, he wants to change the world by developing new technologies that rest of the world believes is impossible.

“What makes innovative thinking happen? I think it’s really a mindset. You have to decide.”

Thinking out of the box is a habit that we can try to learn. A good way to start is to ask questions. For example: What can I do if I want to get a raise? Answers may vary, but I guess you already have an idea on how to answer this question. The question is, are you willing to go the extra mile to receive a raise?

It’s not about the money

Unlike many other billionaires, Elon Musk rarely discusses talking about his company’s revenue. But you will always find him talking about development, inventions, and new ideas and creative ways of doing things. When he sold Paypal, he immediately began thinking of ways to help humanity and solve issues that no else is willing to address.

“I don’t think it’s a good idea to plan to sell a company.”

It’s difficult for employees like us not to think about money; after all, we work for a salary so we can pay the bills and live comfortably. We should probably think of our job as a way to help people or customers, because if we fail at our job, customers will be unhappy and, our lack of concern for what we do could bite back in the end.

Be fearless

He has already failed twice with Space X, but he tried to launch his rocket the third time because he was not afraid to risk and lose everything. Finally, he and his team was able to produce a rocket that could be launched, can orbit and return with a spacecraft eliminating waste.

“I wouldn’t say I have a lack of fear. In fact, I’d like my fear to be less because it’s very distracting and fries my nervous system.”

I believe salespeople are one the bravest people in any organization, they are ready to face rejection many times in a day in order to make a single sale. They don’t mind getting multiple no’s because a salesperson knows there is a big reward waiting ahead. We can all probably practice being fearless by doing new things, participating in new projects or sharing our ideas in a meeting. If you fail and do not meet the standards, at least you tried and participated. You can always do better next time.

Musk believes that whatever you are doing it has to be great, it has to be the best. For me, this is the driving force behind his success, because if he thinks small and do not care if what is the doing isn’t top notch, he won’t be able to reach the level of success that he is enjoying today.

“I always have optimism, but I’m realistic. It was not with the expectation of great success that I started Tesla or SpaceX… It’s just that I thought they were important enough to do anyway.”

It’s all too easy to fall into the trap of thinking the same way as everybody else. Unlike you and me, he is focused on development instead of his company’s advancement. Learning and perseverance is his priority instead of career advancement. And, he wants to change the world by developing new technologies that rest of the world believes is impossible.

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