Superhero For The Week Of October 20/19 - Elon Musk
This is the second in what will hopefully, through the winter, be a series of posts on people who IMHO quality for superhero status in our culture.
Most of the news we hear these days is all about the bad guys. The schmucks, the crooks, the deranged and other outlaws. I thought it would be cool to zig away from that and talk about the people who are making a genuine positive difference in the world.
Other posts in this series can be found at:
Elon Musk is one of the world’s best good guys. He is a true visionary in a world where a lot of people claim that title, but few of them live up to it.
Over the course of the last 30 years he has built about a dozen incredible businesses, all designed to be of real benefit to all the underserving fools who clutter up this planet. That would be us.
Elon Musk is one of those rare individuals with a solid mastery of both left and right brain thinking. So he can come up with amazing ideas and then figure out how to actualize them in ways that are affordable, which is hardly ever the case with most big idea thinkers.
He is also a master at spinning, by which I mean seeing whole other industries that could be spawned by a good fundamental idea. His career has been spent connecting dots like that in a profitable and extremely beneficial way to the point where you could argue that there is a great deal of inter-connectivity in everything he has been responsible for inventing or building.
On top of all this this, his philanthropy both on a business and human level is astonishing. He is singlehandedly making it easy and cost effective for the entire electric vehicle industry to expand by literally giving away the design for the technology to power the vehicles of the future, thereby reducing development costs and making it incredibly easy for people to start their own brands as part of the larger industry. It also opens up a good deal of lateral application thinking that will benefit the world in many other ways.
Most recently, he is in the process of helping the city of Flint Michigan, whose water system is completely fried, rebuild that system when both the state and Federal governments have completely ignored this city and its plight.
This will no doubt lead to innovation that he will be perfectly willing to share to help other cities (and there are a lot of them) in the same predicament.
Elon Musk’s story is one of constant innovation attached to incredible vision about how to make things better here on earth and how to get us to other planets as well. I may not be around to see the other planets stuff actualized, but I’m pretty sure that he will.
As you will see in his Wiki bio, (link below) this guy is the real deal and most assuredly, one of a kind. Generous in a world filled with greed. Visionary in a world filled with con men. And a real human being at the high end of the business food chain that is mainly filled with predatory beasts.
That’s way more than enough to make him a Superhero, not just for this week but for many years to come.
Elon Musk’s illustrious history, which makes for fascinating reading, can be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elon_Musk
PS: I just found out yesterday that Tesla has posted its first profitable quarter, earning $127 million.
Jim Murray is an experienced blogger, copywriter and art director and former professional photographer. He has run his own business (Onwords & Upwords), since 1989 after a 20 year career in Toronto as a senior creative person in major Canadian & international advertising agencies. He is specialized in creating communications for businesses working to make a positive difference in the world.
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