Elon Musk is a man among us literally shooting for the moon.
You have to admire the ability to chase what he wants to do. It was clear for me only minutes into the Joe Rogan Experience podcast. When Rogan asked Musk where he got the idea to sell a flamethrower, Musk did not fail to deliver:
When Rogan pushes him on liability and what kind of maniacs would want to buy a flamethrower, Musk joked, "Yeah, its a terrible idea."
But this terrible idea netted 10 million dollars in 4 days - selling 20,000 at $500 each.
Another terrible idea? Digging tunnels in Los Angeles. Musk said it might be one of the worst places to dig tunnels simply because of the paperwork. So why there? Because he lives there and because no one else is doing anything to solve the problem of L.A. traffic.
It's invigorating to watch someone unabashedly chase down their dreams. After all, the big question remains: why are we here?
I don't know if we can know the answer, but Rogan had another guest get close about five years earlier. - Jersey-born filmmaker Kevin Smith. It's still one of Rogan's longest podcasts to date at more than 4 hours. But a single eight-minute bit still continues to stick with me. Smith shares the uncomfortable truth that his father "died screaming" and what that means for his life philosophy.
I typed it here but it's worth hearing the whole story from the man himself: