Today my interest in Elon Musk was piqued after my spiritual father mentioned that Musk planned on putting one million people on Mars by 2050. So I thought let me take a look at a man who thought such things possible and was investing money in doing so.
Elon Musk, a CENTIbilionaire and the CEO of Tesla electric car company and SpaceX a spacecraft manufacturing, space exploration, and space travel company is an individual with Asburgers with less than unusual goals and plans. Despite all odds, he has made some of these such ideas into reality and experienced great success in his chosen field. I wanted to know what brought on that success… So, I looked at the interviews and was surprised to find I could take away life lessons and pro tips on success in my walk in Christ.
Here’s what I took away:
1.) If you have a passion you will let it consume every waking second.
Our passion really needs to be over the top. If we plan on bringing something new or the “greater things” (John 14:12) Christ was talking about, we need to be consumed with Him, with everything about Him. We need to be on our face seeking Him every day. I want my passion to return for Christ -more of it – and this verse comes to mind- “consider how far [we] have fallen! Repent and do the things [we] did at first.” (revelations 2:5). This is to return to our first love, that is return to the passion we had when we first came to Jesus. This is the way.
2.) Passion knows no obstacles.
When faced with obstacles passion steamrolls through them. We need to count the cost of what our pursuit will cost us. And it needs to be everything. When Musk started his business he gave it a ten percent chance of succeeding, but he was committed to the project. So when he was on the brink of bankruptcy, he said he spent up to 22 hours a day working on his company. He was willing to do whatever it takes to keep his vision alive. I’m not saying this is the right thing to do but we can learn to invest physically, spiritually, mentally, and emotionally everything in our pursuit of God. We don’t want to get halfway through our walk, stop, and be laughed at for not making it all the way. We need to set in our minds that we are willing to give it all.
3.) Don’t be afraid of failure.
Elon Musk said he accepts the chances of failure when he goes into projects and if you don’t make failure an option you will never take risks. That stuck out to me. I know when I go evangelizing and affirming souls I keep it safe. I don’t set goals in how many people I want to bring to church because I don’t want to fail. But more and more I realize I need a vision and mission. With making failure an option I see I can shoot for the moon and still land among the stars.
4.) He treats his projects as his children.
I need to take care of my blog, my goals, and ambitions as I would my children. I had to take a step back and ask the Lord if this blog was His will. When He gave me the approval I knew I would need to take care of it as if He himself was reading it. We got to make sure it honors Him and that we steward our gift and platform well. Because at the end of the day it’s for His glory.
5.) He creates the best work that people would not ‘like’ but ‘love’.
He says that if people love (vs. like) something it becomes a topic of discussion and the object will be spread around through word of mouth. Genius! That is how Tesla, without any advertisement, became a household name. I want there to be a Spirit of excellence (not perfection – I can toe the line) in the things I create. To generate it from the heart. As if for God, and not man.
6.) Don’t compare with what anyone else doing.
Musk’s goal in creating Tesla was to create the best work he could, not better than what other people were doing. He was challenging himself and his ingenuity to create the best possible product. So, push your creativity and mind to its limits to see what you are capable of. It’s ok to get inspiration from other people but never compare yourself to them. I know this can be tough for me but we were not created to be copies of people but originals. Your purpose and gifting will never be exactly like anyone else’s.
7.) He always asked for constructive criticism.
He wanted to create something people would love so, he made it a point to ask people to tell him what they didn’t like about his product. We need not be afraid of criticisms. It only makes us better. We can’t take it personally, we have to be objective about the things that people are criticizing and allow it to influence our opinion.
8.) Believe in yourself.
Nearly everyone Musk talked to dissuaded him from starting his businesses. All the experts were against it. However, he still went full steam ahead and he succeeded in creating a competitive electric car and pursuing reusable spacecrafts. He asked for advice but let himself have the last word. We need to realize not everyone is going to like what we do. But if we hold true to our vision and mission with the purest intentions we can shed light on the area we have authority over. I know I don’t always share the greatest confidence and enthusiasm in my ideas. I have learned your “why” can be a great driving force in pursuing them.
Those are just some of the lessons I learned from this pioneer. It is all really made possible first at the feet of Jesus. when we’re in hot pursuit. When we behold Him we become as He is and take on His characteristics.
Be blessed, gentle reader. I hope this has inspired you to pursue greater things in your life. I, for one, am on the way to creating my vision and mission in my purpose in God. Take your first step.