7 Traits That Make Elon Musk The Most Badass Geek Of Modern Time

8:00 pm 11 Sep, 2014


It’s most likely that you’ve heard of Elon Musk.In case you haven’t, I bet, this won’t be the last time you’ll read his name. Born in South Africa, on June 28, 1971, Elon Musk is a Canadian–American business tycoon. At present, he’s the Chief Product Architect for Tesla Motors and CTO and CEO of SpaceX. He was also amongst one of the earliest investors in Tesla Motors, PayPal and SpaceX.

Today, at 43, Musk is at the top of all those companies, which could possibly change the future of the universe. But what is it that catalyses his massive business success? Well, here are 7 traits of Elon Musk that make him the most badass geek of modern times:

7. Motivation To Change The World

The time when Elon began SpaceX and Tesla, he knew he was working against the odds. Although, he wasn’t working to fail, but even if he did, he was sure to commit to failing in a way nobody else had ever failed before. It was because of this drive to succeed that he took these risks and eventually ended up paying huge dividends. He’s not there to only grow his business; he’s out to change the world!


Elon Musk The Most Badass Geek Of Modern Time

6. I’m Still Learning…

As a kid, Elon studied dozens of encyclopedias. Apparently, he turned into a book worm, as he was bullied in school, and read voraciously to understand every concept to gain knowledge. The most important aspect that Elon says he learned after launching SpaceX was – there was still much more to learn. Despite having a background steeped in Physics, Elon landed up in one of the toughest self-teaching jobs, for designing Falcon 1 (the first SpaceX rocket) and largest Falcon 9 booster.

Elon Musk The Most Badass Geek Of Modern Time

5. Focuses On Signals Not On Noise

Elon stresses that great many businesses get confused and start focusing on things that don’t not make their products and services any better. He never invested in advertising Tesla Motors; instead he preferred investing in research, development and production of the design. He truly believes that if the efforts are not resulting in better products or services, then all such efforts should be stopped immediately.

Elon Musk The Most Badass Geek Of Modern Time

4. Insane Work Ethics; After All, There’s No Shortcut For Success!

Elon is a hardcore workaholic. He has been working 100 hours a week and has been doing so for over many years. You might even wonder that whether Elon has a social life or not! He is undoubtedly the hardest working employee of the company, who has set standards for his colleagues to follow. So, are there any chances of burnout? Well, I don’t think so, since he’s doing what he loves the most!

Elon once said, “If other people are putting in 40 hours in a week, and you’re putting in 100, you will achieve in four months, what it takes them a year to achieve.”

Elon Musk The Most Badass Geek Of Modern Time

3. Risk? Now, What Does That Mean!

With everything that Elon does, he has his skin in the game. He invested his savings in ventures he truly believed – at the risk of going broke! He does not compromise on his vision and is never reluctant to make hard decisions. The lesson we learn here is – if you really like something, don’t be scared to take risks to achieve it.

Risk Now, What Does That Mean

2. A Never Say Die Attitude

There’s just no doubt that Elon is exceptionally motivated and self driven. Unlike no ordinary man, even after three launch failure attempts of the SpaceX rocket, Elon displayed sheer tenacity to continue and keep going through all odds. He knows what he wants and is driven to do the right thing and is simply not bothered about his status quo. His never say die attitude gives him the ability to “stick with it”.

Elon Musk The Most Badass Geek Of Modern Time

1. Always Aiming For Big Picture

Elon is targeting on extremely challenging problems that have been the bane of mankind since the very beginning. He has identified three core areas, namely space, clean energy and internet, where he aims to make a big difference. He’s up for taking big risks in each of these fields with no short term gains in sight. Over the next 10–20 years, he targets to place an astronaut on Mars and is committed to retire on Mars with 80,000 other colonists! He says, “I’d like to die on Mars, just not on impact.”


Elon Musk The Most Badass Geek Of Modern Time

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