How does a man like this strike a balance between micromanaging multiple lucrative enterprises and harboring the imagination necessary for realistic, entrepreneurial moon-shots? How did this man develop his work ethic? How did he become so thick-skinned and accepting of failure? What made him so ambitious, driven, and charismatic? Why has he been willing to risk his hard-earned fortune for the dicey progression of his risky ideas time and time again?
The answers to these questions do not lie in some hidden, mysterious spot in this man's genome, later to be studied and analyzed by scientists (post-mortem, of course) to understand how success looks on a molecular level. No, these traits were acquired through practice, practice, and more practice, until the hellacious grind became a pleasurable process almost as important as the end result.
This man, whom I have been alluding to, is (of course) the larger-than-life Elon Reeve Musk. By analyzing key facets of his life and investigating the wellspring from which he drew inspiration and the ability to sustain his child-like wonder into adulthood, we can learn life lessons and rules on how to be successful professionally, as well as, creatively. To streamline this investigation of the many positive character traits that Elon Musk has exhibited again and again throughout his life, I will focus on what I consider to be the eight most important rules for success in life, modeled after the actions of Elon Musk.