Elon Musk Life Purpose EXPLAINED

Finding Your Purpose in Existential Crisis

Anthony Galli
Oct 10, 2017 · 6 min read

“We were running on fumes at that point. We had virtually no money… a fourth failure would have been absolutely game over. Done.” — Elon Musk

He’s a nervous wreck.

“I never thought I was someone who could be capable of a nervous breakdown. I felt this was the closest I’ve ever come. Because it seemed pretty, pretty dark.” — Elon Musk

Lift off in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…

“When something is important enough, you do it, even if the odds are not in your favor.” — Elon Musk

When the going got tough, why did he choose to fight on instead of give up?

Obviously he isn’t driven by money.

“I think it’s important to have a future that is inspiring and appealing. There has to be reasons you get up in the morning and want to live. Why do you want to live? What’s the point? What inspires you? What do you love about the future?” — Elon Musk

Actually, he’s driven by two visions.

“If the future does not include being out there among the stars and being a multi-planet species, I find that incredibly depressing.” — Elon Musk

He’s therefore motivated by heaven and hell.

What’s your heaven and hell?

As a kid I was taught “good people” go to heaven and “bad people” go to hell.

“I came to the conclusion that we should aspire to increase the scope and scale of human consciousness in order to better understand what questions to ask. Really, the only thing that makes sense is to strive for greater collective enlightenment.” — Elon Musk

What if we believed that heaven isn’t something we must die to see, but something we must live to create?

“The problem is we think we have time.” — Buddha

One of my psychological pitfalls is that I’m over-confident about the future. I think it’s a pitfall of my generation. We’ve grown up in the greatest era in human history, and although we may intellectually worry about the future, we subconsciously assume things will continue to improve, but like Elon Musk said, technology’s improvement is not guaranteed…

“We are mistaken that technology automatically improves. It does not automatically improve. It only improves if a lot of people work to make it better. And actually by itself it will degrade.”

So I think it’s helpful to have an exciting vision of the future and a nightmarish vision of the future, and then to do everything we can to create the positive version because in the end, nothing is guaranteed.

And then to achieve our vision faster we should, like Elon Musk, set ambitious deadlines.

“People work better when they know what the goal is and why. It is important that people look forward to coming to work in the morning and enjoy working.” — Elon Musk

And he seems like the type of person who needs to be in a constant state of motion or deep in flow to ward off some of the existential dread that might come with slowing down.

“The idea of lying on a beach as my main thing just sounds like the worst. It sounds horrible to me. I would go bonkers. I would have to be on serious drugs. I’d be super-duper bored. I like high intensity.” — Elon Musk

In conclusion, Elon Musk’s purpose is about setting ambitious deadlines to speed faster toward his heaven.

If more of us think like this, then with a little help from Elon Musk, we just might create a heaven on Earth… and a heaven on Mars.

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