I try to push people to do new and different things. There has to be a culture where failure is fine if you thought it through and assessed the risks.
April 13, 2012 Chicago Economics Club Dinner. Couldn’t agree more. Article notes several other Elon-isms and that the audience rushed stage afterwards to get a photo with Musk and a Telsa as the backdrop. Way to represent Chi-town! (via elonenthusiast
I realized that if it was left up to the conventional car companies, we would not see electric cars, or at least not for a long time.
Elon Musk in an article on Dell’s Tech Page One site. He’s talking about how you can’t wait until a problem, like the effects of climate change, to present themselves and the try to solve the problem. Here’s the rest of that thought:
Lesson #3: “Inertia is the most powerful force in the universe”
You can’t wait until problems are obvious to begin solving them, Musk said. “By the time you notice the supertanker looming out of the fog, and you say, ‘Oh my, it’s a supertanker,’ it’s too late to move it. I realized that if it was left up to the conventional car companies, we would not see electric cars, or at least not for a long time.” When you’re ahead of your time, you have to stand out, he added, so Tesla had make its cars compelling because the problem of climate change was not yet fully understood or appreciated — and thus not a selling proposition on its own.
There are 4 other lessons listed in the article, it’s a good quick read.
What marks both Musk and Gaga isn’t just the gumption to take on industry, but the belief in themselves to tell us these are things we didn’t know we needed to have.
A few people can see the big picture but do nothing and then there are a handful of people who have a rare combination of intuition, determination and ingenuity who try to do something about what they think about. Elon Musk seems to be one of the latter.
Elon Musk is a true visionary of our time, and we could not be more honored to present him with the 2014 Edison Achievement Award, his intense desire to improve lives and make our world a better place through his abilities and accomplishments serve as living acknowledgement and embodiment of Thomas Edison’s values and principles.
—Frank Bonafilia, Executive Director of the Edison Awards
Elon Musk will receive the award during The Edison Awards Ceremony held April 29-30, 2014 at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco, California. Check out this blog post to learn more about the award and the other award recipients.
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