The Full English – Elon Musk, lifestyle design, cults of personality and F=MA

I bloody hate ‘Lifestyle Design’ (1). Thankfully, I’m not the only one (2).

It’s so glib. Why in God’s name do I need someone to tell me routes to follow my dreams but blatantly ignore that most goals are achieved through hard graft and determination.

Yeah, so Tim Ferriss made a killing off the 4-hour work week, but that doesn’t mean you will (3). He grafted for it.

People seem to focus on the outcome, and that self-belief alone will get them there. Along with an online course and a self-published book…

Sod off.

The people who do consistently well have a combination of self-belief (A), confidence to achieve it (B), intelligence (C) and grit (D).

It’s all well and good singing your self-belief and confidence, but if you haven’t got the smarts to see the end-goal, and the kajones to graft it out, you’re just another dreamer.

Plenty of (A) and (B) on Instagram, selling a life/ie.

Plenty of billionaires grinding out (C) and (D), quietly supported by (A) and (B).

Those making noise about all four gather admirers, those who wish they could be the same. Steve Jobs, Branson, Jay-Z, Trump. Maybe not the C or D for Trump.

Which is where Elon Musk is interesting.

He’s on Instagram, selling the life, building a cult following, leveraging that to support his business. He’s not just a man with a long-term goal, he’s a master of public performance. He courts intrigue and amusement, despair from the stuffy stiff suits. He’s a man of the people… he projects.

He also seems to have spent too long getting high on his own Instagram feed. A good marker for Tesla’s stock price would be Musk’s order to his dealer.

Self-belief is great, but at some point it conflicts with reality (4). Don’t get me started on when he tried to tell Anaesthetists how to run a ventilator on a COVID-19 patient.

Image Credit: Reddit

But lets not forget he got where he is by working 100-hour weeks. As someone living that life, I can tell you they’re pretty shit. Musk is selling his homes (his instagram life?) to achieve his Mars dream (5).

Your life is the product of your decisions. Those decisions and choices determine the direction of your life. Graft then takes you there.

Applying a formula

Turn to our old friend Newton (6).

F=MA

Force = (mass) x (acceleration)

If you want your life to go a certain way, you need to exert your will to accelerate it in that direction. Your existing lifestyle ties is the inertia, your mass.

Sometimes one big push will be enough to produce force in the required direction. One burst of acceleration.

Most of the time slow sustained acceleration will achieve the force in the direction required.

Steady graft.

Not a Youtube tutorial and a £1500(+) drop-shipping course.

Have a great week,

The Shrink

COVID – I advise the use of the BMJs information hub for evidence-based updates:

News – I have been deliberately avoiding news outlets recently. I don’t have the headspace for the hysteria:

Opinion:

References:

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One thought on “The Full English – Elon Musk, lifestyle design, cults of personality and F=MA

  1. Was thinking this too about Musk – a man turned on the the pure aphrodisia of his own scent.

    I know people invested in tesla for the main reason that musk is superhuman and a genius and infallible.
    I don’t agree but the tesla share price points at me being wrong.

    Nice post by the way – it chimes with my belief that yy can’t passively get rich and the fore attitude of slogging it out for 20 years is fine but the best way to win snakes and ladders is to jump on the biggest ladder you can find (and.know when to jump to the next if the analogy can stretch that far)

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