Remember the scene in the movie Old School when Will Ferrell is at a college party and tells the students he can’t have a drink because he has a busy Saturday planned for the next day. He and his wife have a fun day planned with trips to both Home Depot and Bed, Bath, and Beyond. “I just don’t know if we’ll have time,” he memorably says.
I often feel that way myself. I’m just too busy to stop and enjoy myself. But when I look at what is keeping me busy, it sounds ridiculous.
And then I read another story about Elon Musk and I can’t stop thinking what else I could be doing with my days.
For those living under a rock, Elon Musk is the real-life version of Iron Man’s Tony Stark. Besides having a double digit billion dollar net worth, Musk has had a role in multiple world-changing technologies ranging from PayPal to Tesla to Solar City to SpaceX.
These companies have changed how we pay for things, how we drive, how we power things, and how we will someday become a multi-planetary species.
During a family vacation to Florida last year, we took the opportunity to visit the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral. It’s a truly remarkable place from both a historical perspective and when looking forward at what the future holds.
But without seeing it in person, you cannot fully appreciate the experience. Take for instance the massiveness of an Apollo rocket and the machines used to transport these vessels around the launch site. And to think the engineers who accomplished these amazing feats did so with technology less advanced than your microwave.
As rapidly as technology has progressed over the past 40 years (we have come a long way since Pong), space travel still seems like science fiction.
And then you listen to Musk speak. SpaceX has signed a 20-year exclusive agreement leasing one of the Cape launch pad sites. While NASA has shifted its focus to deep space exploration, the practical side of space travel is being tackled by private billionaire-backed companies like SpaceX and Virgin Galatic (Richard Branson’s extraterrestrial brain child).
Also, watch the video below to hear first-hand from Musk on his SpaceX vision:
I am fascinated by what we have in our future. It’s individuals like Elon Musk who seem to have an unlimited capacity to not only dream up wild ideas but also have access to the resources and talent to pull them off.
Readers, who are some other extraordinary individuals like Elon Musk that are leading us not just to great things, but to such massive innovations that will forever change how we view the world around us?