Many celebrities and political pundits have taken to social media to deride entertainer, entrepreneur, and inventor, Elon Musk. The fact is that we need more leadership like Musk has shown he has the vision to achieve greatness in business. As a lifelong vegetarian, I was thrilled when Musk gave way to his passion and initiated the Giving Tree Foundation to support children living with cancer. Since its inception, the foundation has provided funds for immunizations, medical equipment, and education to make life as easy as possible for children suffering from cancer. Just as importantly, Musk has shown that when it comes to leadership, vision and values are important, but so are following through on those ideas. As someone close to Musk told me, “He’s a leader and he does what he wants to do.”
It is important to remember that when we applaud a person we celebrate their courage and individuality, we also celebrate their ability to overcome tremendous odds that put them where they are today. When I read Elon Musk‘s blog on Dec. 14, I was impressed by his honesty in admitting that he had not lived up to the standards set by leaders like Warren Buffett or Donald Trump, yet he is continuing to lead by example. I think that is part of what makes him so great as an entrepreneur and as a human being. Indeed, I believe we need more leaders like Musk because leadership is hard work and when we look at the two gentlemen I agree with Musk on many things, as he is a much better leader than either Trump or Buffett.
Indeed, I also believe the fact that Musk chose to start a space company after PayPal and that he is no longer working with that giant as they once were is another testament to his character. Indeed, we may never know what impact the aerospace industry will have after Elon returns from the space mission, but it is safe to say that Musk is back to sending his homemade rockets into space, which is just a step on the ladder to making the private enterprise work. At the time, the costs were too high for most people to afford, yet he was determined to send his first homemade unmanned orbital craft to the International Space Station. Since then he has shown a willingness to take risks and invest in new technologies that may benefit humankind in future decades.
We must also recognize that as visionary as Musk is, in order for us to build a sustainable and long-lasting civilization, we must also invest in the future of our children. I believe that one way to achieve this goal is through a program called SpaceX, which is developing reusable launch systems and their own reusable fuel, the way that NASA has been using to test reusable rocket parts. If we use the same technology as our forefathers did in order to develop clean energy and use that to power up our civilization from here on out, we will reach the star where man first walked on the moon. For those of you who doubt that possibility, well, you just haven’t been to space or done any of this other stuff.
Musk is an extremely innovative individual with a lot of business knowledge, and although he might not be the smartest guy in the world, he is a math whiz. So what does this mean for his plans for SpaceX? The man who started up the X-Space company with fellow tech enthusiast Robert von Armageddon (of “Pilots” fame) is very concerned about a new potential competitor, and he’s taking every possible step to make sure that they don’t succeed. It appears as though Musk is gearing up for a long and expensive war with another company that has a solid grasp of the basics of space exploration, and which has a lot more money than Musk.
That company is called Space X, and it’s run by Mr. James Callis, a former director of computer hardware at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Mr. Callis is a white American male with an MBA from Harvard, and according to his resume on the Space X website, he is also a senior product architect for the company. And he is an expert in the field of electric aircraft. Now, while that may not mean much to an aspiring CEO of a company that is in the process of developing its own reusable launch vehicle, it could be a huge selling point to a leading entrepreneur in the highly competitive field of aerospace engineering. That makes sense, and it’s certainly something to keep in mind when one reads Mr. Musk’s statement regarding the launch of his BFR vehicle in June of this year.
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