How to become as successful as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk or Richard Branson?

We offer readers of Megamind the translation of the answer to the survey “How can I be as great as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Richard Branson?” . The author of the answer is Justine Musk, wife of Elon Musk.

Dizzying success stems from extraordinary personal qualities, but this does not negate the fact that you have to pay your price for it. Dizzying success is different from “ordinary” success, and it is not necessary to be Richard or Elon in order to achieve financial well-being, realization and generally take place in life.

Realizing this, a person increases his chances of becoming happy. But if you are truly passionate, and your hobby determines you, determines your behavior, then who you are determines you in everything, then the question of happiness ceases to be relevant. Enthusiastic people are often perceived as eccentrics, “wrong” members of society, preferring atypically complex paths. They develop their own survival strategy, eventually understanding how to apply it to different things in order to benefit from them, to gain an advantage. They think differently than others. They look at the world from unusual angles, from angles that open up new ideas and give insight. Because of this, others consider them a little crazy.

Be obsessed.

Be obsessed.

Be obsessed.

If suddenly you are not obsessed with your own business, immediately stop doing it and concentrate on finding what really captivates you. The idea should be large-scale, really big and inspiring, so that people believe in you and turn into like-minded people (and you need like-minded people, do not hesitate). A truly big goal will not allow you to relax and rest on your laurels at the moment when people notice your work and start vying to tell you how cool you are and how cool what you do, while it’s not. Do not chase the dream because of the desire to become great. Chase the dream because it is worth it, and because this race itself makes you who you are. All outstanding people, professional pursuers of dreams, combine intelligence and talent with a selfless love of work. And if you made a mistake in choosing a dream,

Follow your obsession until you find a problem , a big, serious problem affecting the maximum number of people, a problem that you solve, no matter what, or die in trying. It may take years until this problem is found, because first you have to master a large array of different knowledge, find the necessary points, and then connect them, building in your head a holistic concept.

Such accomplishments require superhuman energy and endurance. If you are not a demigod, be sure to pay attention to the physical form and lifestyle. You have a frequent change of time zones ahead, mental fatigue, exhausting, often meaningless meetings, loneliness, failure, problems with a soul mate that is always running out of time, family dramas, emotional confusion, communication with boring and annoying people, lack of sleep. Keep your body fit to keep your mind as sharp as a razor. These costs will pay off.

Learn to withstand the stress that most people would break.

Do not go on the beaten path; contrary to admiration for your idols, do not try to imitate them. The "next step" does not exist. Phenomenal success is not like other types of success - what worked for someone, probably won't work in your case. Extremes of success are carriers of bold ideas that subordinate their set of certain unique advantages to the business. They are extraordinary, and this is one of the reasons why they become entrepreneurs - they cannot or do not want to fit into their usual corporate life. They are dyslexics, autistic, they are absent-minded, they are white crows, they annoy and argue with colleagues, they rock the boat, despise instructions and generally any bureaucracy. But they turn these “weaknesses" into additional advantages (I mentioned them a little higher), and this does not prevent them from finding in their partners people who have achieved something in areas in which they themselves are not oriented at all.

They are not afraid of failure - or maybe they are afraid, but they still go forward. They will probably survive an epic beautiful and humiliating public failure, but then they will find the strength to shift their focus so that the collapse seemed to them and those around them just another step on the road to a dream. They experience failure differently than others, and draw conclusions from them that are inaccessible to others. They are incredibly persistent and at the same time psychologically stable.

And they are unlikely to read texts like this article (this is not sarcasm and not a mockery at you, dear reader, I myself love such motivating materials). Most likely, they will take up the book: perhaps a biography of Alexander the Great, Catherine the Great, or someone else whom they consider great. Browsing on the Internet, it’s very easy to kill hours and days, and people who remember how much their time costs and what they can do in that time simply cannot afford it.

I could continue this exciting, fertile topic, but I suppose you already understood my point. I wish you good luck, strength and, possibly, a glass of something strong for courage.

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