Elon Musk is one of the few people able to truly change the direction of the entire world.

We've dug back through everything we could find that @elonmusk has said to distill out the most insightful bits.

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He wasn't an average kid - Elon had an existential crisis at 12-years-old (!) and started reading Nietzsche and Schopenhauer to find answers
After reading Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy, Elon came to realize that “the universe is the answer”
“We must propagate human civilization on Earth as far into the future as possible, and become a multi-planet species to again expand the scope and scale of consciousness, and increase the probable lifespan of consciousness"
5 core things that would have an enormous impact on the world where he wanted to focus his energy:
The internet (leading up to help create PayPal)
Making life multi-planetary (SpaceX)
Genetic engineering (coming next?
Artificial intelligence (Neuralink)
Sustainable energy (Tesla)
Advise for mere mortals?

In general, work on anything that’s useful to society/has high value to people – it doesn’t necessarily have to change the world
If what you’re working on makes a big difference but only affects a small to moderate number of people, that’s fantastic

If your project makes a slight difference but affects a vast amount of people, that’s also fantastic
Fear: “I actually think I feel fear quite strongly. So it’s not as though I have the absence of fear… There are just times when something is important enough, and you believe in it enough to do it in spite of fear.”
“You don’t always improve but you can aspire to improve. You can aspire to be less wrong.”
“I look at Twitter as a way to learn things and stay in touch with what’s happening. It feels like dipping into the flow of consciousness of society.”
“We should treasure that and not give up our liberties too easily. I think we probably did that actually.”

“If this is a free country you should be allowed to do what you want so long as it does not endanger others”
Engineers are modern-day magicians:

“You guys are the magicians of the 21st century. Don’t let anything hold you back. Imagination is the limit. Go out there and create some magic."
For news, Elon recommends following individual reporters instead of publications
“Basically too many smart people go into finance and law…we should have I think fewer people doing law and fewer people doing finance and more people making stuff.”
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