I believe every entrepreneur should ask himself/herself the following question:
“Am I insane?”
If the answer is “YES” then you are on the right track!
At the beginning of the book “Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future”, Elon asks the author if he thinks he is insane.
I believe that Elon is insane! And I think every entrepreneur who is working on a crazy idea is insane. In most cases people will believe that the crazy idea you are working on can’t be done. Unfortunately people are bad in creating a vision for the crazy and impossible.
In the book Elon talks about “humanities future” which I believe is insane.
Turning humans into space colonizers is his stated life’s purpose. “I would like to die thinking that humanity has a bright future,” he said. “If we can solve sustainable energy and be well on our way to becoming a multiplanetary species with a self-sustaining civilization on another planet— to cope with a worst-case scenario happening and extinguishing human consciousness— then,” and here he paused for a moment, “I think that would be really good.”
Once I read that paragraph I was mesmerized because as Jeff Hammerbacher said it:
“The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads,” Jeff Hammerbacher, an early Facebook engineer, told me. “That sucks.”
And Peter Thiel also mentioned the point:
“We wanted flying cars, instead we got 140 characters” became the tagline of his venture capital firm Founders Fund.
And the author of the book:
Where Mark Zuckerberg wants to help you share baby photos, Musk wants to . . . well . . . save the human race from self-imposed or accidental annihilation.
Peter Diamandis once said: “Ultimately, part of my missions comes back to what Lary Page said is that 99,999999999999% of the people are not doing anything that is going to change the world.”
We, most entrepreneurs, might not be able to change the world or the course of humanity BUT we could do our best to make a positive impact on our environment.
“My mentality is that of a samurai. I would rather commit seppuku than fail.”
What’s fascinating is that Musk remains willing to lose it all.
“Elon came to the conclusion early in his career that life is short,” Straubel said. “If you really embrace this, it leaves you with the obvious conclusion that you should be working as hard as you can.”
Thank you Elon for giving us, crazy entrepreneurs, hope that it can be done! You just have to believe and do it!