Today I want to speak to you about the one and only: Elon Musk. We have five lessons for you in this blog, which are modelled from Elon’s extraordinary success as an entrepreneur. For those of you who don’t know who Elon Musk is, Elon is the founder and CEO of companies such as Tesla and SpaceX. He also has ownership, started and helped the people who run SolarCity and The Boring Company. Not only is he one of the most inspirational entrepreneurs out there today, he also has huge visions of what he wants to do for humanity. There are key lessons we can learn from Elon as he has done some incredible things in his life as an entrepreneur. He started as an internet entrepreneur founding PayPal and has since moved onto huge things, such as owning the world’s biggest electric car company and privatised Rocket Company.
1- How Values Create Your Visions for the Future
The first thing I want to speak to you about in today’s blog is Values. Your goals needs to be aligned to your values, so it is very important that you have an understanding of what your values actually are. If you watch early videos of Musk, you will see that even back in college he was thinking about how he could do things that are useful. One of his big values is “What is useful and what is sustainable?” He picked different areas that he really cared about and that he thought he would be useful within, but that would also benefit humanity. He chose areas such as internet, energy and genetics – areas where he wanted to focus his attention but that were also aligned with his values of usefulness and sustainability, as well as his aim to do good in the world. This is an absolute key thing to focus on because if you get your values aligned, then that helps inform everything else moving forward, including the next lesson, which is Vision.
2- Having a Vision
Vision is inspiring, and one of Elon Musk’s most inspiring companies is SpaceX, a company which is all about the vision of putting a city on the planet Mars. It’s a really clear vision that everyone can work towards, but it wasn’t always his original plan. Originally Elon wanted to increase NASA’s budget to try to send people to Mars. His plan was to send a greenhouse, deploy it so that you would have the picture of plants and greenery with the planet in the background. This way people would have that vision and visual embedded in their mind and knew what they were working towards. He understood the importance of this and was willing to spend half his net worth of millions of dollars just to do that. When he then realised that he had to build the company himself it became a whole new mission. Now when you walk into SpaceX you can see a picture of Mars as it currently is, and also another picture on its side showing it significantly greener. These images hang there so that everyone gets to see them on a daily basis, being reminded of what they are all working towards.
You have to know you values because that helps inform your vision, but in order to have that vision in the first place you have to be visionary. We have spoken about this in previous blogs so you probably already know that the way to increase your vision is through vertical development. As you progress through the levels of vertical development you can see further and further into the future and your consciousness has the ability to extract further into the future with greater clarity. We also spoke about the importance of clarity when achieving your goals. Clarity is a key part of the vision and the stronger you make that the more powerful it is and you can see yourself achieving it.
3- Recognising Your Fundamental Truths & Putting in the Effort
The third Principle I want to teach you is very unique to Elon Musk. He often speaks about the idea of 1st Principle Thinking. This is a physics approach to thinking, where you boil things down to the most fundamental truths. Rather than thinking by analogy, where everything is like something else or comparing it to someone else, he recognises that there’s a more fundamental truth to discover in order get to the goal that you want to achieve. This is really important and one of the things we strive for at Stryv, to bring you fundamental truths about yourself and the nature of the goals you are trying to achieve.
We are soon going to start doing a new online mini-series about 1st principles, simply because we have realised that when we do surveys of people who are coming to use our products, we notice that pretty much the same things are coming up. It’s usually something to do with their business, weight or finances. We are going to do some episodes about this, so make sure you subscribe to us in order to take part in those series when we launch them. It’s really important to know what the real truth is about achieving those goals of yours and about yourself, which is what our Stryv programme is all about. But just so you don’t have to wait for those videos, let me give you two quick examples in today’s blog:
Let’s start off with the concept of losing weight. If you are trying to lose weight, you have to burn off more calories than you take in, that’s the fundamentals of losing weight. If you forget about working out, diets and things like that, but start with where you are at as your truth, then that is your baseline. You can start looking at how many calories you are currently burning, and then how you can consume less than that. That’s why weight loss often comes down to your kitchen habits rather than the gym, because it’s much easier to not eat 500 calories more, than to go on the treadmill.
Let’s also take the example of a Business. People might think they need a lot of money to start a business. Well fundamentally what is actually a business?
A business starts with an asset of some kind, that you then want to turn into revenue, right?
You are providing value to somebody by using an asset to generate revenue, which in turn gives you a profit depending on the expenses you have. The assets turn to revenue but the bit that some people get SO stuck on, is the idea that they have to spend all this money in order to have revenue. You may already have the simple asset of having an understanding of how to achieve something, while someone else hasn’t. That’s why coaching and consulting has exploded in the last few years. It’s an asset people have that they just weren’t valuing. They just needed to learn how to turn it into revenue. Understanding the fundamental principles of the goal you are trying to achieve is really important so you don’t get clogged down in complexity and reasoning by analogy, following a path that isn’t going to lead you to where you really want to be.
The Fourth Principle is pretty straight forward. We can model the fact that Elon works really hard in his businesses. He puts the effort in. You’re never going to achieve your goals if you are not putting the effort into the things you want. I personally don’t advocate for a 100 hour work week like Elon does, because you can work hard in a very smart way, knowing you want to get the most endurance possible, while recognising the fact that you need to be recovering well as well. But it is of course still incredibly important to be working hard.
5- Learning & Evolving Through Feedback
The fifth and final principle I want to share with you is this: Constantly learning and constantly evolving. One of the ways that Elon does this is through feedback. He is always asking people for feedback as he knows that is one way to constantly be learning and evolving. Another way he has tried out recently with Tesla production issues is talking about how he’s actually in the factory fixing things live. He’s got a data system so that he can see where the production numbers are, and then they can then see where the problems are – and it’s all live. There’s almost principles within this principle to think about here.
The first is having a system of feedback where you make sure you are measuring your goals and that you are on track by talking to your customers. Actually being there and fixing the most important problems live is incredibly important. If something comes up in your business, firstly you need to know the way to see it. Where are you? Are you measuring your weight each week so you know if it’s going up or down? Are you actually fixing any problems right away, being in there, not letting them sit and build up? If you let them build up you might accumulate another problem and all of a sudden you don’t really know which is causing the issue. Whereas if you’ve got good feedback from your team and customers, you have clear sense of where your goals are, how your goals align with your vision and where they currently stand.
It is important to have a hands on approach. As I have spoken about before it is SO important that you have your 3 goals in the front of your mind every single day, knowing where you are at with them. It is really important to be getting your feedback clear, extremely often and then being able to live update and change your approach so that you are moving forward towards your goal in a speed that you want to. Those are the 5 principles from modelling Elon’s success and as you know he has been able to achieve some incredible things and inspire millions of people. This doesn’t mean you have to go out and create a company like SpaceX or something like that. You will have your own goals, it just means you can use the same principles in order to achieve those goals.
So get clear on your own values and understanding what they are, let them create your vision for what that goal is, go into 1st Principles thinking about what it is that you want to achieve, putting in the hard work and then constantly learning and Evolving with feedback. You can apply this to any goal you have, but the fundamental reason why Elon is so big and the level of creativity he has, is that you can tell that he is at a high altitude of vertical development. As you vertically develop you care more about humanity, you can see further into the future, it’s one of the clear benefits. This is why I am constantly talking to you about how important vertical development is.
Imagine a world where the majority of people thought long term about their implications the way Elon Musk does. Imagine a world where everyone was trying to create a brighter future.
That’s really what Stryv and the Stryvers community is all about. If we get more people focused on their vertical development, they will think more long term, they will embrace a wider tribe of people and create more compassion for one another. It creates a much better world in my opinion.
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Hi Stryvers and welcome to this week’s episode of the Achieve Anything show. This episode is all about Elon Musk and I’ve got five lessons for you about achieving your goals that are modeled from Elon’s success. Now, for those of you who might not know, Elon Musk is if you’ve missed all the stuff that’s happening in the news and that’s happened the last few years. He is the founder and CEO of companies such as Tesla, SpaceX. he’s also got part ownership and started and helped the people who run solar city, the boring company, so he’s one of the most inspirational entrepreneurs out there with a huge visions for what he wants to do for humanity and the crises that fence. So there’s some key lessons that we can learn from him because he’s achieved some unbelievable things. He started as an Internet entrepreneur. I’m founding pay pal and then has moved onto huge things that, you know, the world’s biggest electric car company, the privatized rocket company, all these things so that we can learn a lot by modeling the principles of success that he’s implemented.
So there’s getting to the first one. So the very first one is being driven. Your goal’s been aligned to your values, so having some understanding of what your values are. So if you watch videos of mask, he, he always talks about even back in college, he was thinking about how does he do things that are useful. So one of his big values was what was useful and what was sustainable and so he picked different areas that he really cared about that he thought it could be useful in that was going to make a big difference to humanity. So he saw it as, you know, Internet energy, genetics and wanting to other things where he wanted to focus his attention and it aligned with his values of usefulness and sustainability and doing good in the world. Okay. So that’s an absolutely key thing because that’s going to, if you get your values aligned, then that helps inform everything else moving forward.
It helps inform the next step as well, which is step two is having a really, really clear vision because a vision is inspiring. Okay. So when one of Elon’s, merced, visionary and inspiring companies is actually SpaceX, which now has the vision of putting a city on Mars and so it’s a really clear visual that everyone can work towards to be going. But originally that wasn’t the original plan originally. All he wanted to do as increased NASA’s budget to try and send people to Mars. And so his plan was to send up like a greenhouse, deploy it, and so that you’d have the picture of plants and then you’d have the Red Planet in the background. So people would have that vision and that visual. He understood the importance that he was willing to spend half of his net worth millions, millions of dollars just to do that. And then when he realized that actually he needed to really build the company himself, then it was a whole new vision.
So now when you walk into SpaceX, you have a picture of Mars as it is currently the red planet, and then a picture of it being more green, so everybody gets to see that and it being inhabitable because that’s the vision. So you’ve got to know your values and then that helps to inform your vision. And in order to have that vision, you have to be visionary, and I’ve talked about this in previous episodes, that the way that you increase your vision is from a vertical development standpoint. As you progress through the levels of vertical development, you can see further and further into the future. Your consciousness has more ability to extrapolate further into the future with greater clarity. We’ve talked about the importance of clarity in the future as well. I’m a about achieving your goals. And clarity is a key part of the vision.
The stronger you make that, the more powerful it is, the more you can see yourself achieving it, the more in the present you’re able to pull yourself forward. It’s why things like vision boards are useful, um, and, and things of that nature to pull you towards that. So values, vision. Then here’s a key one that’s very unique to Elon and he talks about the idea of first principle thinking and so this is a physics approach to thinking where you boil things down to the most fundamental truths rather than thinking by analogy of, you know, everything been like something else or comparing it to someone else of thinking like, I don’t know how I can’t lose weight because I don’t have time to work out. You know, a lot of people may think like that, but there’s a more fundamental truth to get to the goal that you want of losing weight or whatever it is.
And so this is really, really important because this is one of the things we strive for at strive is to bring you fundamental truths about yourself and about the nature of the goals you’re trying to achieve. So much so that we’re actually gonna start doing a new or a miniseries about first principles. Because when we do surveys of people that are coming in to use our products, we’ve noticed that pretty much the same things are coming up. It’s nosy, something to do with their business or their weight or their finances. Those are the big things. So we’re going to do some episodes about that. So make sure you subscribe so that you get those when we launched those first principle thinking videos because it’s really, really important to be able to know what the real truth is about achieving those goals and about yourself, which is what our Australia program is about.
But rather than wait for his credit as videos, let me just give you a very quick example right now with two examples. So first let’s look at weight because that’s a huge one for people is, well, first of all, from a weight standpoint, if you’re trying to lose weight or gain weight the way that it will take the example of losing weight, you have to burn off more calories than you take it. That is the fundamental principle. So if you forget about working out and diets and things like that, and if you start with that as your truth, that is your baseline, then it’s much clearer around thinking, oh, I don’t have time to work out. I don’t have time to do this. You start from a point of view of, okay, well how many calories am I burning? And then how do I consume less than that.
That’s why fundamentally weight loss always comes back to in the kitchen rather than in the gym, you know? So getting the eating plan because it’s much easier to not eat 500 calories more than it is to go on the treadmill for an extra hour and I’ll go into more detail into these in the other videos that will create. Or if we take example of business, people may think, oh well, you know, you need a lot of money to start a business. Well fundamentally what is a business? Okay, so business at the very like one of the most zoomed out levels is that you have some asset of some kind that you’re trying to turn into revenue because you’re providing value to somebody and then you’ve got some expenses which so it goes assets, revenue, profit, and the expensive, the difference between them and then that creates cash.
Those are the four basically, so the assets turned to revenue at the bit that some people get so stuck on thinking, I’ve got to spend all this money in order to it. Whereas you may already have the asset of having an understanding about how to achieve something that someone else doesn’t. That’s why consulting and coaching has exploded in the last few years because it’s an asset that people already had that they just weren’t valuing and they just need to learn how to turn it into revenue. Okay, so understanding the fundamental principles of the goals you’re trying to achieve is really, really important so that you don’t get bogged down in complexity and just reasoning by analogy and following kind of a path that isn’t going to lead you to where you really want to be. Okay. Then the fourth principle is just pure. The fact that we can model the fact that it works really, really hard.
Um, you know, he puts the effort in. You never going to achieve your goals if you’re not putting the effort into the things you want. Now I don’t advocate like he does for a hundred hour work week and things like this because you can work hard in a very smart way of like, I want to get the most endurance possible. Um, so I need to be recovering well as well. So I will say that, that caveat, but it’s incredibly important to be working hard. Not much needs to be said about that. And then the fifth principle is about constantly learning, constantly evolving. And one of the ways that Elon does that and talked about is through feedback. So he’s always asking people for feedback and actually seeking it out. Now that’s one way to be constantly learning and evolving. Another way recently, um, at the moment where he’s got tesla production issues, he’s talking about how he’s actually in the factory so you can fix things live.
So he’s got a data system so you can see what he’s trying to, you know, where the production numbers are and then you can see where the problems are live. So there’s all those principles within this principle here that we can think about is first having a system of feedback. So making sure you’re measuring your goals, you’re on track, you’re speaking to your customers, whatever it is, and then actually being there and fixing the most important problem live right then. So if something comes up in your business, you know, firstly you need the way to see it. Where are you with revenue, with cash? Are you measuring your weight each week? So you know whether it’s going up or down and then actually fixing the problem right away, being in that, not letting it sit and build up because you let it build. You might get another problem and now you don’t know which is really causing the issue.
Whereas if you’ve got good feedback by having a clear sense of where your goals are, what your goals are with your vision and where they currently stand, which why I talked about before about having your three goals in front of you every single day and reviewing them every single day and knowing where they are. That’s why in the new app we have the dashboard view with the three goals right there. So it’s really important to be getting your feedback. I’m clear, like extremely often and then being able to live, update and change your approach so that you’re moving forward towards your goals at the speed that you want to. So there’s really at the five principles from modeling Ilan success and he’s been able to achieve some apps, incredible things and inspire millions of people. Um, and now it depends where your goals are. It doesn’t mean you have to go out and, you know, create a rocket company or something like this, but it, you can use those principles in order to achieve your own goals.
So getting clear on your values and understanding what they are creating, your vision for, what that goal is, and that could be just the life area or the life balance that you want. Going to first principles, thinking about what it is you want to achieve, putting in the hard work and then constantly learning, evolving and feedback. Now got one more thing to say about Elon. You know you can apply that to any goal that you have, but the reason Elon’s are so big and it and their level of creativity has is because you can tell that he’s at a high altitude of vertical development because as you virtually development, you care about more of humanity. You can see into the future. It’s some of the clear benefits to keep hammering home. How important vertical development is. Because imagine a world where the majority of people thought long term about their current implications as Elon Musk does.
You know, we’re trying to create a bright future. Imagine if we had a world like that, and that’s really what strive and strive is movement is about is if we get more people focused on their own vertical development, they’ll think more longterm, they’ll embrace a wider tribe of people and that creates a more compassionate, more benevolence to other people. It creates a better world in my opinion, so that’s why I wanted to create this video about Elon because he’s so inspiring both from a practical standpoint of just being able to achieve difficult goals, which is really useful, but also which is kind of a horizontal learning thing, but also the bigger principle of if we all grow more in our own vertical development and we change our consciousness and transform that, it’s going to create a much better world. So I hope you enjoy the episode. Subscribe and visit our blog to get more details and look forward to seeing you on next week’s episode.
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