Elon Musk is a superhero in my eyes.
He thinks out of the box. He imagines possibilities. He has vision above the horizon.
He hated the way we pay bills – he invented PayPal.
He hated the way we burn fossil fuels – he invented Tesla Motors.
He hated the way we explore space – he invented SpaceX.
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) August 15, 2013
Elon Musk is on my short list of people I want to lock in a room (with his permission) and listen to him talk for one hour, non-stop.
I would be able to write reinvention articles effortlessly and well into the future. His take-no-prisoners, we-can-do-this attitude would, for me, be like getting a brain tune-up.
I’m sure he’s a flawed human, like we are. But his brain for business is one of the best.
Musk wants to reinvent the railroad by creating a solar-powered “pod” that can get you from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 30 minutes. The physics is correct and the construction could start in a few years. This article is breathtaking in detailing its possibilities.
This article explains why California’s nanny government and corrupt unions will make this proposal as difficult as a trip to Mars.
This article explains why it’s okay for Musk to not be the INVENTOR, but the EVANGELIST!
Oil companies want Musk dead for having the balls to invent something that burns no gasoline. I have a friend who owns a Tesla and I’ve ridden in it; to suggest that car is sexy is a grand understatement. And oh, by the way, the old-school car industry hates him too. Did you know it’s actually ILLEGAL to buy a car from anyone but a greasy car dealer?
NASA has to be a little jealous of SpaceX, how nimble they are. I want to love NASA, but they are a bureaucracy, a government one at that. It’s just tough to innovate when you’re funded by politicians who reject the idea of exploration.
Elon Musk has a lot of good ideas, and yet there are millions of naysayers, criminal politicians and special interests who want to stop him, slow his roll, beat him down.
I like his chances. I love his attitude. If Musk can beat back the auto lobby, compete with entire nations in bidding to carry satellites into space, and revolutionize the way we buy stuff, you and I can reinvent our lives. We can do what we want, when we want to do it – if we want to badly enough.
Here’s a one page bio of Musk. Yes, he is special. But consider this: we make excuses for why we can’t carry out things like learning Spanish or going to the gym…or getting a job that we deserve.
That’s not too big for us. Let’s do what we’ve been meaning to do, right now.
John Scott is a media studies instructor and the career services manager at the School of Multimedia Communications, Academy of Art University San Francisco. Check out “Destination: Reinvention”, on sale in the Amazon bookstore. The hardcover edition is on sale now at Lulu. Audiobook available on Audible and iTunes. Follow John on Twitter @johnscottsf.