Elon Musk says you can change the world working 80 hours a week

‘Nobody ever changed the world on 40 hours a week.’
Elon Musk. Picture: Getty Images

Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk says he knows how many hours a week you need to work to change the world, and it’s no small number.

“There are way easier places to work, but nobody ever changed the world on 40 hours a week,” he said in a tweet, after saying SpaceX, Tesla, Boring Company and Neuralink are the places to be if “getting things done matters to you.”

When asked by a user exactly how many hours one had to work a week to change the world, he said 80 was a sustainable number, with peaks above 100 at times.

“Pain level increases exponentially above 80,” he warned.

The comments came just a day after the airing of an Axios interview with Musk on HBO in which he said Tesla came just weeks from financial ruin during its frantic and costly effort to ramp up production of the Model 3 sedan.

“The company was bleeding money like crazy, and if we didn’t solve these problems in a very short period of time, we would die,” Musk, who has been known to sometimes sleep at his factory, said in the interview.

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There are caveats to that:

1) You really really really have to love what you do to the point of obsession
2) You really really really need to have the possibilty of a gigantic reward if you succeed

The world is changed more through obsession than hard work

Hard work burns you out

If you’re obsessed, you don’t count the hours. If you’re counting hours, it means you’re going to burn out =)

You can be busy without being productive.
A lot of people “work very hard” without really achieving much.
I am happy for Elon to work as much as possible.
For me, there are more important things.

8 hours of rest and sleep and 16 hours of work, Monday to Friday…err aren’t we most of us there already?

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