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ELON MUSK - 20 super skills this maverick mind keeps in his arsenal.

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” — Benjamin Franklin

There was a trend when people who owned businesses not necessarily highly educated were rich.


Because they know how to use skilled and educated people as leverage to make money smartly.

But Elon changed this diaspora…


Possessing these skills can TRANSFORM him from an ordinary person into the greatest of all time (GOAT).

I am a big fan of his mindset and have been fascinated by his ability to accomplish incredibly difficult things at a ridiculously fast pace.

On 27th September 2021, his net wealth made him the richest person on earth due to his share of ownership in Tesla Stocks reaching USD 192 Billion.

Love him or hate him, you can’t deny that Elon Musk is a highly productive person.

So, I use my core skill Curiosity, and dig into what made him super successful. His 

  • Habits,

  • Practices, and

  • Mindsets and Frameworks.

that drive his ability to get things done.

20 Super Skills of Elon Musk

These skills make anybody successful if put into practice. Let's read them one by one.

1. Reading

Reading helped Elon Musk gain knowledge in rocket science, which eventually helped him build SpaceX.

You might be wondering why he has to do it. That is how he builds his wealth instead of activities that waste time.

“The difference between cheap dopamine and good dopamine is progress” — Dan Koe

I know it’s not easy to commit an hour every day, but you can start with reading books for 20 to 30 minutes a day. 

Start with what you love and then focus on books that improve your

  • Body

  • Health

  • Mind

  • Soul

Ultimately focus on those books that teach you how to build and how to sell.

2. Experimentation

Experimentation is the second step to apply after reading.

You cannot just read for fun and thinking.

You must apply notes and taking from the reading to understand the nuances of real-world situations.

Don’t worry about failing! 

Even if your experiment is a complete failure, you may still learn a lot from it.

What’s fascinating is that Musk remains willing to lose it all.

3. Be fast

Everything he does is quick, according to Brogan.

He pees quickly.

Three seconds and out, just like a fire hose.

He truly seems to be in a rush.

“For pretty much any technology whatsoever, the progress is a function of how many iterations do you have, and how much progress do you make between each iteration.” — Elon Musk

4. Task Batch

Unlike multitasking, switching between tasks does not cause you to lose your flow. 

Instead, you work together on the things that require a similar perspective.

For instance, Musk handles all correspondence (emails, Slack, etc.) at once in batches because all are handled with the same software and mindset.

5. Set yourself impossible goals

Elon says, ‘I need the impossible done by Friday at two P.M. Can you, do it?’ 

Then, when you say yes, you are not working hard because he told you to.

You’re working hard for yourself. 

It’s a distinction you can feel.

6. Stay optimistic

“I’d rather be optimistic and wrong than pessimistic and correct.” — Elon Musk 

Being optimistic can help you, remain persistent, motivate your team, and enjoy what you are doing.

It is the basic law of quantum thinking.

7. Set stretch goals

Stretch goals are aims that sound unrealistic at first. 

Double anything you believe is possible! 

The urge to go further motivates you to develop the abilities required to get there.

8. Share your goals

Everyone feels interested in the outcome when you reveal your goals. 

Your family will provide better support, your co-workers will work harder, and your audience will trust you more.

9. Start with critical work.

Prioritize tasks that: 

  • Unblock your time.

  • Unblock others’ time.

Make a visible impact. 

For many that could be going through your email and setting tasks in motion. 

For him, it’s streamlining his calendar and reviewing his emails.

10. Communicate in a way that works for you

Musk prefers email because he is good at it.

If you’re more persuasive in person, then push for that instead.

Communicating in a way that works for you is crucial to getting your point across.

11. Eliminate acronyms

Acronyms are supposed to save time and help you work faster. 

But more often than not, they can lead to misunderstandings. 

So if it’s not a well-recognized acronym, just drop it like it’s hot!

12. Seek negative feedback

Choose a conflict and have a third person deconstruct it for you.

Inquire of them what you did incorrectly and how you might improve. 

In the long run, it may be highly beneficial even though it first hurts.

13. Shower every day

Musk was probably joking but if you look good, you’ll feel good. 

Showering first every morning to:

  • Fills you with energy.

  • Makes you more alert.

  • Boosts your confidence.

14. Think outside the box

Good ideas are always crazy until they’re not.

15. Market your ideas

The brightest minds of my generation are pondering how to get viewers to click on adverts.

16. Strive for progress — Change the rules

If the rules are such that you can’t make progress, then you have to fight the rules. 

Guidelines are built to help you work better. 

If they are inhibiting progress or are evidently wrong, then just ignore them.

Choose your common sense, and make sure the guidelines get changed.

“If you can’t change the rules, then ignore them.” - Peter Diamandis

17. Search for meaning — First Principles Thinking

“There needs to be a reason for a grade. I’d rather play video games, write software, and read books than try and get an A if there’s no point in getting an A.” — Elon Musk

If you told him that you made a particular choice because ‘it was the standard way things had always been done,’ he’d kick you out of a meeting fast.

18. Ask good questions

Finding the right questions to ask is one of the very difficult things, he points out. 

Once you understand the question, the solution is rather simple. 

I came to the conclusion that, in order to better comprehend what questions to ask, we should aim to broaden the breadth and size of human awareness. 

The young Musk then developed his incredibly rational goal statement. 

The most rational course of action is to work toward greater global understanding.

19. Be stubborn

One thing that Musk holds in the highest regard is to resolve, and he respects people who continue on after being told no.

20. Suffering is good

Musk finds it upsetting that his children won’t experience the same hardships as he did also called Adversity Quotient.

He believes that going through pain helped shape who he is and given him more stamina and will power. 

He stated, “They could have some challenges at school, but schools today are very protective. You are sent home if you call someone a name. When I was in school, it was considered irrelevant if you were hit and there was no blood. Shrug it off. It was alright even if there was a tiny amount of blood. What will I do? engender unnatural adversity? How do you go about that? Limiting their video game time is my biggest challenge since they want to play all the time. They must read more books than play video games, according to the guidelines. They cannot also engage in absolutely pointless video game play.”


That’s all from the living legend of our time.

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