I suppose most people know he is different, but they may have gotten caught up in the aura. It isn’t about bitcoins, or smoking pot with Joe Rogan, or opening the car plant in California when the state government demanded he should not.
It is about something we can all do once we accept it as possible.
He gets things done, even when there is a good excuse to not be able to do so. His ego is not harmed if his next step fails. He doesn’t need an excuse.
Looking at third quarter sales for Tesla we find they were up 73% from the same period in 2020. Could be good or not. What did the others do?GM was down 33% and Ford down 27%.
Ford and GM invested in an excuse. Worldwide supply chains were a disaster and chips were unavailable. No one can blame us.
Musk invested in a solution instead.
From an article at INC
You can buy a solution or you can buy the excuse. Excuses are the way to forgive yourself in advance. Solutions are hard work, risky, and very fulfilling when they work out.
“Sometimes it is not good enough to do your best; you have to do what’s required” Winston Churchill
Organizations like GM and Ford have complex management structures and slow-moving culture. Tesla is not so inhibited. In ponderous organizations, including governments, easily understood excuses are often the way to go. Unfortunately they are not the best way to go.
It could be that Elon Musk was always a doer and it comes naturally to him. I suspect he subscribes to Yoda’s admonition. “Do or do not. There is no try.” That’s a useful challenge for us all. Achievers tend to pay no attention to the idea that something “cannot be done.”
People like Musk undervalue excuses and rise to challenges.
When he decided to move ahead with chips they could get and reprogram, Elon was probably wearing a NIKE t-shirt like this one
Focus on what you can do and not on what you cannot do.
You can make things happen or you can let things happen. Excuses are for others.
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