How to be Great.

Just today, a woman named Justine Musk broke through the noise of the Internet to speak her piece on how to attain success. (Musk, Musk… where do I know that name from?) Yes — The ex-wife of Elon Musk. On Quora of all places, she answered a question posed by someone who asked “How can I be as great as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Richard Branson?”

After reading it, I can see why they were together for 9 years. Her perception of the world, its people and attaining “extreme success” is with the same pair of glasses that he views the world with. It’s a magical piece and as soon as I finished reading it, I felt like I had all the confidence and wherewithall to go out and change the world! She brings up many good points that I believe have become part of the stigma of becoming an entrepenuer, but are truly not required in order to become one.  Others, however, are points that many overlook. 

“Follow your obsession until a problem starts to emerge … Helps to have superhuman energy and stamina … Learn to handle a level of stress that would break most people … Don’t follow a pre-existing path.”

These traits are not held by the faint of heart. They require the utmost dedication and focus in order to attain this level of success that Ms. Elon describes. She speaks of them too though, as though they are not of this world. Those who are autistic, who have ADD, who are dyslexic are not seen as game changers in this world. They are seen as those who need to be “dealth with” rather than those who could cure themselves or future ailments. Those who are not the norms are not seen as heros or celebrities, but outside of the scope of the media, it happens every day. These just happen to have caused disruptions around products that people notice or use daily.

It’s a great article overall and has helped me personally to notice some things about myself and how badly I want to achieve my aspirations. It’s showed me where the bar has already been set, but also that even that bar is not the limit. As generations after these leaders rise and come to have their day, the standards will inevitably rise and become more complex. The point of achievement will be altered and that day’s perception of success will most definitely be much different than today’s.

The article in it’s entirity can be read here.


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