Elon Musk On Fear

Interviewer: One thing I like about you is you are unusually fearless and willing to go in the face of other people telling you something crazy and I know a lot of pretty crazy people you still stand out. Where does that come from or how do you think about making a decision when everyone tells you this is a crazy idea? Where do you get the internal strength to do?

Elon: Well, first of all, I’d say I think I feel fear quite strongly. So it’s not as though I don’t have the absence of fear, I feel it quite strong but there are times when if something is important enough you’ve to leave it enough that you do it despite the fear.

Interviewer: So, speaking of important things…

Elon: Like, people shouldn’t think I feel fear about this and therefore I shouldn’t do it. It’s normal to be, to feel fear like, you’d have to something mentally wrong if you shouldn’t feel fear.

Interviewer: So you just feel it and let the importance drive into you anyway.

Elon: Yeah, you know we’re something that can be helpful as fatalism to some degree if you just think it. Just accept the probabilities then that diminishes fear so we’re starting SpaceX. I thought the odds of success were less than 10% and I just accepted that actually. Probably I would just lose everything but that maybe, would make some progress. If we could just move the ball forward even if we died maybe some other company could pick up the baton and move and keep moving it forward so that we’re still doing some good yeah, same with Tesla. I thought our odds of a car company succeeding were extremely low.

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