If one must focus on one thing at a time, how is it that Elon Musk is doing so many things in different areas at the same time?

Updated on : December 4, 2021 by Olivia Watson



If one must focus on one thing at a time, how is it that Elon Musk is doing so many things in different areas at the same time?

There is no rule that says "one should focus on one thing at a time". It's just that most people do better when they do. That can also apply to Elon Musk.

Having multiple companies doesn't mean you aren't focusing on just one thing at a time. When you're at the Tesla factory, trying to make quarter-final production goals, it seems, by all accounts, that you are completely focused on that goal.

When you're at Cape Canaveral, preparing for a big SpaceX launch, chances are you're fully focused on related tasks.

However, if it isn't, then focusing on one thing at a time is a suggestion.

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There is no rule that says "one should focus on one thing at a time". It's just that most people do better when they do. That can also apply to Elon Musk.

Having multiple companies doesn't mean you aren't focusing on just one thing at a time. When you're at the Tesla factory, trying to make quarter-final production goals, it seems, by all accounts, that you are completely focused on that goal.

When you're at Cape Canaveral, preparing for a big SpaceX launch, chances are you're fully focused on related tasks.

However, if not, then focusing on one thing at a time is a suggestion that might apply to most people, but not Elon Musk.

How can we know this?

Because whatever your degree of focus on a task, the results (relative to SpaceX, Tesla, The Boring Company, Neuralink, etc.) speak for themselves.

He hired people who are really good or who are proficient in their fields, which means that it could be that some people are smarter than Elon Musk. They are focusing on their work one thing at a time at the master's level.

That is why Elon can focus different businesses at the same time or focus side by side in parallel.

Mark Zuckerberg did the same. He wasn't the best developer in the world, but he hired people who were the best in their fields. So actually they are very good at organizing, investing and marketing themselves and their business vision.

That is what makes them good entrepreneurs. That

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He hired people who are really good or who are proficient in their fields, which means that it could be that some people are smarter than Elon Musk. They are focusing on their work one thing at a time at the master's level.

That is why Elon can focus different businesses at the same time or focus side by side in parallel.

Mark Zuckerberg did the same. He wasn't the best developer in the world, but he hired people who were the best in their fields. So actually they are very good at organizing, investing and marketing themselves and their business vision.

That is what makes them good entrepreneurs. Which means they have time and can sell their ideas well.

I'm sure they don't work 80-90 hours a week, I mean every week, mainly Musk, but you can also sell this to people who believe them. Therefore, they are also very good at promoting themselves.

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I do not agree with your premise. Having more than one task during the workday allows you to take a break from one and work on the other for a while.

It definitely makes me more productive; I would expect the same to happen with Elon Musk.

He has been known to divide his day into hourly increments and to plan ahead what he will do each hour when he gets up in the morning.

Multitasking is different from focusing on one thing at a time by assigning it a specific timeline and switching to another task to focus, leaving the previous task alone for the time being to come back to it at a much later date or time.

You mastered your focus on one thing at a time, so now you can focus on getting more things done at once. That, or you can consider that he has people working for him, people who focus on that particular thing at the same time.

I have no idea how Elon Musk does, but I do know that everyone is different and if one thing doesn't work for you, but it works for me and Elon Musk, then you shouldn't do it if it doesn't. It doesn't work for you.

What do you expect from an alien?

Well, ask the women. They are gods of multitasking.

You can also hire an army of yellow bananas at the same time while you're at it. Thank me and give me a vote in favor.

Some are very restless and want to try new ideas. Another thing is "never put all your eggs in one basket", so if your business can fail, another one of your businesses will prosper. That way you won't go bankrupt and lose everything.

It is as if you have multiple folders for different projects on your home screen. You just open one at a time, but are always aware of the others.

I worked for two of their companies ... Solar City (now Tesla Solar) and Tesla. My experience was not very good ... I was working at Solar City when he officially took office (he was already a major shareholder before that). At the time, sales were in a slight drop compared to the previous year, but shortly after he officially took over, those sales went into a death spiral. Elon decided that he really didn't like the aesthetic nature of solar 'panels' and decided to make a quick transition to the solar 'roof'. 'Roof' was still in the design phase. Made the decision to start taking sunroof deposits and

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I worked for two of their companies ... Solar City (now Tesla Solar) and Tesla. My experience was not very good ... I was working at Solar City when he officially took office (he was already a major shareholder before that). At the time, sales were in a slight drop compared to the previous year, but shortly after he officially took over, those sales went into a death spiral. Elon decided that he really didn't like the aesthetic nature of solar 'panels' and decided to make a quick transition to the solar 'roof'. 'Roof' was still in the design phase. Made the decision to start taking solar roof reservoirs and stop pressing solar panels. He also decided to ditch the sales teams (80%). I wanted to boost online sales (just like Tesla Auto does). That sales model didn't work, and sales fell rapidly. The sunroof is amazing aesthetically, and the product is mature, yet the means to install it, and the price is still prohibitive for the masses. He also wanted to push his batteries (Power Wall) for home use. That's cool, and it's a good product, but it's generally a supplement to a BIG solar system ... so ... If you don't sell solar systems, then you won't sell a lot of batteries. He also wanted to push his batteries (Power Wall) for home use. That's cool, and it's a good product, but it's generally a supplement to a BIG solar system ... so ... If you don't sell solar systems, then you won't sell a lot of batteries. He also wanted to push his batteries (Power Wall) for home use. That's cool, and it's a good product, but it's generally a supplement to a BIG solar system ... so ... If you don't sell solar systems, then you won't sell a lot of batteries.

Since taking office two years ago, Solar City (Tesla) has seen massive layoffs and layoffs. Thousands of hard-working people have lost their jobs (50%) due to poor business decisions. You don't hear much about this, nor do you hear much about their layoffs at Tesla Auto (they've had massive layoffs, too). I don't know many people who still work there, but the couple of people I do know say it's a shadow of what it once was ... and ... morale is at an all-time low. You don't hear much about this either. What you hear about are the next… latest and greatest Musk ventures. Why is that? It is due to carefully coordinated marketing and manipulation of your "brand" ...

I will say that when I worked there the internal training provided / offered to all employees was outstanding. The apps (we used a lot of them) to preform our jobs were well written and allowed employees to work efficiently.

Also noteworthy ...

When I started there, we had over 125 employees working outside of my office. When I was fired, there were 17 employees left. Most of those employees consisted of 2 installation teams, a person to perform each of the specific functions of the office, a manager and an administrative assistant, and a couple of people in the warehouse.

In my opinion, the supposedly innovative business models of Elon and the 'Vision' deserve the criticism and scrutiny that it is now waiting to receive.

In my time there (just under two years) I only knew one employee who owned a Tesla. That's because, frankly, no one who works there can afford them. Met a handful of employees (out of hundreds) who have solar power on their roof, and one who knew they had the Tesla battery in the home (power wall) ... As an employee, there really is no incentive to buy any of the products ... Especially cars! If you bought a solar system, you got a $ 1000 discount, but had to wait until there was a space in the schedule to accommodate the installation. The average price of a residential solar system, even after rebates / incentives, usually starts at 25 to 30K. Depending on the size, it goes up quickly from there. Most of the employees simply couldn't afford them.

They paid me less than promised. They showed me the same kind of pay scales that are shown to everyone. I NEVER had a chance to win that amount of money. You could have spent 70-80 hours or more trying, but the payment was directly related to sales volume (it wasn't in sales just to be clear), and that's common sense ... when sales went down, so was made the most of ALL the employees pay. Very few people received a salary and they were some of the first to be fired.

I don't see any first-hand accounts of people who worked for a Musk company. All I see, as answers, are cuts and pastes from what I call the 'Musk propaganda machine' ...

He talks a good game ... but what has he actually accomplished other than becoming a billionaire? I guess you can envy that ... but admire him, how does he do it? I hope not.

Spending time alone is very, very important

Note: I don't think I've ever been compared to Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, etc. I am nowhere near as successful or accomplished as most of the people on this list. But for what it's worth, I'll give you a trait that I think is common among most of these people (including me).

Lots of time alone
Most of these people spent a great deal of time alone as children and young adults. And most of these people still spend a much higher percentage of their time alone today than most outsiders would think.

Especially when people are gr

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Spending time alone is very, very important

Note: I don't think I've ever been compared to Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, etc. I am nowhere near as successful or accomplished as most of the people on this list. But for what it's worth, I'll give you a trait that I think is common among most of these people (including me).

Lots of time alone
Most of these people spent a great deal of time alone as children and young adults. And most of these people still spend a much higher percentage of their time alone today than most outsiders would think.

Especially when people are growing up, spending time alone gives one the space to explore, be weird, learn, imagine, and dream.

Reading is really (REALLY) important.
Read a wide variety of books and articles that expand your imagination. Don't just read easy books (like Harry Potter). Read difficult texts that really stretch your mind.

Read fiction and non-fiction. Read wonderful novels written by authors from distant lands. Read things that challenge your political thinking. Read the Bible, the Quran, Buddhist texts, and ancient mythology. And don't just read the conventional stuff that you are assigned to in school (like Hemingway, Shakespeare, and more), but try searching for authors on your own.

Because most of the people mentioned grew up in a different era, they spent a great deal of their time reading the encyclopedia. Many of them would eventually read all the volumes of the encyclopedias. These people had an insatiable need to learn new things.

When these people walked to class, they were probably reading a book or magazine (in those days, it was a paper book). Some of these people were even injured by colliding with things because they were reading.

Most of these people had parents who asked them to READ LESS.

Today the encyclopedia is free and is on the Internet. But today the encyclopedia is so large that it would be impossible to read it in a lifetime, so today the options about what you read could be a little more difficult. But reading is still really important.

Theatrical performance
At a young age, most of these people spent more time acting than others. Very few of these people spent their time playing organized sports ... instead, they were in their bedroom, backyard, or nearby park playing alone. They were letting their imaginations run wild.

They were imagining themselves as secret agents, slaying dragons, gathering their toy soldiers for battle, starting businesses, dealing with family situations, and more.

Experiment
It's amazing how many successful people set things on fire, blew things up, captured and studied insects, built bird nests, and more. My guess is that each and every person listed underwent multiple electric shocks (some by accident, some on purpose).

They were building, creating, seeing and observing. And they were the ones in charge of the experiment, they were the instigators.

Many Creative Activities
While most of the people listed are known for their right brain prowess, most spent a large percentage of their childhood and adolescence doing very creative things. They were writing stories and plays, painting, sculpting, writing poems and lyrics, writing computer programs, and more.

Creating versus consuming
Reading, watching wonderful movies, listening to music, etc. they are great ways to pass the time. But they are passive, they are consuming functions.

Most of these successful people spent a large percentage of their time creating versus consuming. They were building things, starting things, etc. This is really important.

Today it is more difficult to spend time creating because there are many more options to consume. In the days when most of the people mentioned above were growing up, you got bored pretty quickly with consumer choices (usually reading a book or watching bad TV was the best option) where today there are many more options. In fact, the tablet is essentially designed to maximize consumption (unlike the PC, which is a better tool for creation).

Get away from school social pressures
School, especially middle and high school, is incredibly high social pressure for everyone. People are competing for positions and cliques are constantly forming and relaxing. There is a "Game of Thrones" aspect of high school status that is ultra competitive and hard to escape.

By spending time alone, people get needed breaks from high school Game of Thrones. Time alone allows you to spend time really exploring yourself (rather than spending time adjusting to some kind of norm).

These days, alone time is frowned upon.
Something happened in the last 30 years to encourage parents to spend more time with their children. Another big trend has been for parents to give their children opportunities by enrolling them in many sports, weekend classes, summer learning retreats, and more.

While there are so many good things about the trend of more involved parenting, one of the most important unintended consequences is that children have much less time alone than before. And even when alone, they have the means to be part of a larger group through social media, SMS, and more. So it is more difficult for them to escape the social pressures of the school.

Therefore, we should hope that the best strategy for today's children is not the same as the best strategy for generations past. But most people (young and old), especially those who have a good social life and have had reasonable success, could use more time alone and more time for themselves.

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