Elon Musk has finished 2021 as the richest person in the world and was also chosen by Time magazine as Person of the Year. The founder of Tesla is, for many, a benchmark, and for others, he goes on the brakes from time to time. Of course, no one can deny that with his companies, Musk has been changing various industries.
From banking with PayPal, automotive with Tesla, and space with SpaceX, Musk seems to have a top hat to resonate in all industries. Something that unites him with Steve Jobs, the former CEO of Apple, who changed not only the music industry with the iPod or took the smartphone industry to another level with the iPhone, but was also in the germ of Pixar’s being what it is today, the world of animation.
He was described in many ways in the report announcing his appointment in Time, but Mars Society founder Robert Zubrin, who has been a friend of Musk for 20 years, told the magazine that the thought that time is running out and his mortality is behind Musk’s impressive achievements. “Genius is a word often associated with Musk; wisdom is not,” he said.
But there is a sense in which Musk, in my opinion, is very wise, and that is that he understands that he does not have forever, “said his friend.
Being aware that you had little time to unify Musk with Steve Jobs
That comment made Inc analyst Minda Zetlin think about the connection that another iconic genius entrepreneur has who also ran more than one company at a time: Steve Jobs. Even before he was diagnosed with the pancreatic cancer that ultimately killed him, those who knew Jobs said that he lived his life with an apparent sense of urgency, seeming to instinctively know that it would not be long. In his iconic Stanford commencement speech
in 2005, Jobs spoke of this sense of mortality. “Remembering that I will die soon is the most important tool I have found to help me make the big decisions in life,” he said.
Because almost everything-all external expectations, all pride, all fear of shame or failure-fades in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know of to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. “