How badly DO you want success?
Do you want it as much as Elon Musk?
If you’re not as busy as he is, the answer is “probably not.”
Actually, that’s unfair. Musk, founder of Tesla and SpaceX, is one of the world’s great entrepreneurs and visionaries, and so it makes sense that he might also be one of the very busiest people anywhere. For most of the rest of us, it is not necessary to have such grandiose objectives (like running a company devoted to achieving the colonization of Mars) to still realize accomplishments that qualify as examples of resounding success.
Still, if you are plugging away each day at making the most of your own pursuits, it might not hurt to take a peek at just what an average day looks like for a guy like Musk, to see if there might be more you could, or should, be doing on behalf of your own interests.
Courtesy of Business Insider, here’s a rundown of Musk’s day:
Elon Musk gets up at 7 a.m., and typically skips breakfast. But breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? Evidently the super-successful Musk does not agree.
He does make time for a shower, however. In fact, Musk has said it is his most important daily habit.
The key to Musk’s success, in his estimation, is his insistence to work as many hours as he can each week. During what is, for him, a regular workweek, Musk will put in about 42 hours at Tesla, and another 40 at SpaceX.
Something else Musk does that’s key to his productivity: He spends as little time as possible answering phone calls and dealing with emails.
Still, it’s not like he can avoid those mediums of communication entirely. A few years ago, Musk mentioned that he spends time on email while he’s hanging out with his kids.
“What I find is I’m able to be with them and still be on email. I can be with them and still be working at the same time … If I didn’t, I wouldn’t be able to get my job done,” said Musk.
On that note, Musk says he’d be nowhere if he did not multitask. In his view, multitasking and working as many hours as possible is what allows him to keep on with his Herculean efforts.
When he finally does go to bed, it’s around 1 a.m.
It appears the rest of us aspiring to greater levels of success need to get to work, because, compared to Musk, we’re all just goofing off right now.
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