The Genius Way Elon Musk Thinks, Demonstrated With One Quote | Exploring Markets

The Genius Way Elon Musk Thinks, Demonstrated With One Quote


This quote from Elon Musk demonstrates a perfect mental model to follow throughout life.

Don't think in terms of, "How did they do it before?" Think in terms of "What is the first thing I need to do?"

That simple transition in thought process can lead to more creativeness and entrepreneurial thought. It alone spurs creativity by avoiding any moment of duplication or iterating off the ideas of others. This is actually old knowledge from Aristotle.

Now, here's the exact quote, and then the entire Elon Musk interview video after:

"The normal way we conduct our lives is we reason by analogy. With analogy, we are doing this because it’s like something else that was done, or it is like what other people are doing. With first principles, you boil things down to the most fundamental truths … and then reason up from there." - Elon Musk