How Smart People Think

I love watching smart people think about the world. I love hearing the semantic phrases and seeing the subtle expressions that the world’s brightest minds use to convey their thoughts.

This talk, by Elon Musk, is a great way to gain insight into how he thinks:

https://www.ted.com/talks/elon_musk_the_future_we_re_building_and_boring

Compare that to Musk in 1999, you get a completely different view:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eb3pmifEZ44

Regardless of your opinion of Musk and his beliefs, I think there is a ton to learn from understanding people, specifically the way really smart and successful people make decisions.

We are all just human after all.

I am a proponent of the idea that people are at the core of humanity. Especially in the tech world, it is paramount to spend a purposeful amount of time understanding and learning about how humans operate. Empathy, in that regard, is crucial to thriving in this world.


Originally published at gonen.blog.