Elon Musk: “My proceeds from PayPal were $180m. I put $100m in SpaceX, $70m in Tesla & $10m in Solar City. I had to borrow money for rent.”
— Johnnie Manzari (@johnnie) July 13, 2012
There’s a lot of talk about changing the world. Musk is doing it.
He is, in fact, changing the world, driving change in the directions he wants to see things move. He’s being as audacious as hell about it, and he’s actually pulling it off.
That’s a personal trait, and it’s absolutely worth admiring and attempting to emulate.
He may not be the one actually engineering the rockets or the cars, but he’s shaping the visions and driving them forward, and most crucially — he’s making it happen.
Anyone with any sort of vision knows how hard that is to do. The visionary is the catalyst that brings everyone together and makes the accomplishment possible in the first place. This is why personality cults (in this context) are appropriate, in my opinion. Without Jobs, we would not have Apple today. Without Musk, we would not have Paypal, Tesla, or SpaceX.
The thing with visionaries that sets them apart from other people is that they are one of a kind. Whereas the vast majority of their team consists of people that, for the most part, are expendable. You can always find more engineers or product people or salesmen. You cannot find more Jobs or Musks.