Snippet from a quick Forbes interview with Elon Musk. He mainly says follow your passions, screw the money, you know, all the stuff we love to hear from Elon. Here’s a highlight from his childhood:
JC: How do you handle fear?
EM: Company death—not succeeding with the company—causes me a lot more stress than physical danger. But I’ve been in physical danger before. The funny thing is I’ve not actually been that nervous. In South Africa, my father had a private plane we’d fly in incredibly dangerous weather and barely make it back. This is going to sound slightly crazy, but my father also had a share in an Emerald mine in Zambia. I was 15 and really wanted to go with him but didn’t realize how dangerous it was. I couldn’t find my passport so I ended up grabbing my brother’s—which turned out to be six months overdue! So we had this planeload of contraband and an overdue passport from another person. There were AK-47s all over the place and I’m thinking, “Man, this could really go bad.”