“I always had an existential crisis, trying to figure out ‘what does it all mean?’ I came to the conclusion that if we can advance the knowledge of the world, if we can expand the scope and scale of consciousness, then, we’re better able to ask the right questions and become more enlightened. That’s the only way to move forward.”—
The quote is one of my favorites because it is Musk’s core vision and life pursuit. And the cherry on top is the way he is bringing this grand vision to fruition…physics. Elon Musk has talked many times about the way he approaches problem solving. He boils a problem or situation down to core principles and reasons up. Check out this two minute clip about how Musk uses this thinking to argue how a small company can be more productive than a larger one.
“The thing that got me started with SpaceX was the feeling of dismay — I just did not want Apollo to be our high-water mark. We do not want a future where we tell our children that this was the best we ever did. Growing up, I kept expecting we're going to have a base on the moon, and we're going to have trips to Mars. Instead, we went backwards, and that's a great tragedy.”—
From a great interview in the LA Times: The Goal Is Mars
“What appears as brash self-confidence is simply precocious intelligence and a strangely literal mind mixed with a deep urge to change the world.”—
—Carl Hoffman, Smithsonian Magazine
This is a bit of a reblog, but featuring a different quote. Not knowing Elon Musk, I’m not sure how accurate this description is but it’s totally what I see in him.