I’ve been reading and listening to a lot of news in the tech world this Summer. The main reason for my growing interest in technology is due to my newfound obsession with programming. It’s definitely an interesting field that’s filled with remarkable ideas for the future. For example, the creation of A.I could cause the end of our world, and we’re still researching ways to create it. If a general A.I can be made, it could have intelligence on a level that we would never be able to comprehend. Make a note that this is estimated to happen in the next 20-80 years.
That’s scary. It’s also a little off topic because I want to talk about Elon Musk. He was the co-founder of PayPal, and he is the founder of Tesla and SpaceX. This guy is amazing because of his contributions to the tech world along with being a serious machine when it comes to work. He’s a billionaire who focuses his efforts to creating a better world for us. This is seen in Tesla, the company that builds electric cars, ultimately saving the amount of gasoline in the world. SpaceX is another interesting project because it’s essentially reopening up the idea of life outside of Earth, specifically Mars.
One of the reasons I love Elon Musk, or the idea of him, is because he’s a great inventor. He’s gone where nobody has gone before which must be terrifying. The possibility of creating a car that doesn’t run on fossil fuels must have been crazy in the year 2000. The same goes for PayPal, and SpaceX still sounds crazy. It takes some tremendous balls to go out and push boundaries like this. I hope that I can have a fraction of this ability.
Another reason is that he’s smart. He built and sold a computer game at the age of 12. After that, he went to a fairly basic university, and did really well there. After two years there, he transferred to U Penn, and continued being a genius. He finished school, then went to Standford for about two days. Then he went to start his businesses, and donate lots of money to organizations of his choice.
I could easily think the same thing about Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. These are two great contributors to the world of tech. The people who created the first functional computers. Again, I could easily gawk over how cool these guys are, but there is a crappy reality. These guys had to throw themselves into work and cut corners.
Steve Jobs was known to be ruthless, and people complained that he never showered and smelled. He also had a child at around age 22 that he refused to acknowledge was his, despite the over 90% paternity test. Elon musk is known to be hard to get along with, and he’s had several divorces.
While it’s cool to admire the great people in a certain field, we shouldn’t forget their faults. To be at such a high level, it seems like the people must have some sort of emotional handicap. Mark Zuckerberg is known to have some sort of Asperger’s.
All of this information just supports my idea that being a B or C player isn’t a bad thing. You can have a nice six figure income, marry someone cool, and live a happy life. We’re not impacting the course of history like Elon Musk is, but maybe that’s okay. Maybe, we can just sit back and enjoy life.
What made these guys great is that they were born with weaknesses, but they chose to play their strengths. They used those strengths, some of which resulted from their weaknesses, to create something great for the world. This has the same application for our lives. Instead of trying to wish away what we are bad at, we should use them to our advantage. Using this mindset, we can accomplish things a lot more efficiently. For example, if you’re good at tech stuff and you’re charismatic, then you can start playing your strengths. You could give talks about new advancements in the tech world and potentially become pretty freaking good at it. This can be a long and hard process, but it’s also worth it for a lot of reasons.
Here’s a picture of Elon, in all his awesomeness