Musk makes decisions for launching rockets
Musk always says, “I’m going to get the best results I can, and every result I get is for a reason.”
When Musk started building rockets, he was practically an amateur.But he had more knowledge in his head than any other rocket scientist.
How did he do it?The answer is purposeful learning.
In his second venture, PayPal, an online bank, he began studying books on rocket mechanics in Russian.And collected the best university in the United States rocket professional teaching materials, a little self-study.
When SpaceX was founded, it had to buy rockets from Russia.But the Russians demanded too much and the deal fell apart.
On the plane back to the United States, Musk hunkered down in front of his computer for hours, drawing up a detailed spreadsheet of how to build a rocket, working out the details and budget.
He calculated that it would cost much less to build his own rocket than to buy it directly from the Russians.
SpaceX’s rocket scientists are often cornered by Musk, asking about the function of a particular valve, the structure of a particular pipe, the way a particular line is arranged…
Many thought it was a test of technology or capability, only to learn later that Musk was learning from them.
He habitually interrogated the engineers until he could squeeze no more out of them.
“Other CEOs may understand business, society, and politics, but they don’t have a level of expertise that can match Elon Musk’s,” says SpaceX’s top rocket engine designer.
At SpaceX, Musk makes the core decisions for launching rockets.
To keep track of events, he must know more than anyone else.
Without the power to influence others, there will be no majesty to be obeyed.
Young people around the world, who idolize Musk, embrace the idea of “first-principles thinking” as if it were a religion.
First-principles thinking enabled Musk to build the world’s first electric car, the Tesla, and the first reusable rocket.And these, is not the power of the state, just a company to do.
What is first principles thinking?
The author of “Iron Man of Silicon Valley” summed it up with a sentence: “Everything starts with the essence, and then picks it up from the essence.”