3-Step Guide to Solving Problems Like Elon Musk
Although Elon Musk is only 49 years old, Musk has succeeded in establishing 3 different multimillionaire companies in completely different sectors by breaking new ground in the business world.
Alan Musk headed the company he founded; Paypal (providing a financial service, enabling users to make easy and secure payments online), Tesla Engines (Automotive manufacturing company manufactures state-of-the-art and environmentally friendly vehicles), SolarCity (solar power and panels company) and SpaceX (space transport company) .
When you take a look at the empire Musk built, you think there is a very clear explanation for his rapid success. Both his genius and his creativity competing with his genius, his strong work ethic, and his mastery of solving problems make you think that Musk can do anything.
But behind the curtain lies a completely different truth. Musk is not only talented, but incredibly hardworking. In fact, he's officially workaholic. In an interview with him, Musk stated that he worked almost 100 hours a week in the past 15 years, and mentioned that he was trying to reduce this to 85 in order to devote more time to his children and himself. According to rumors heard from those who saw Musk at work, the famous billionaire did not even take lunch break, doing what he could do while eating (responding to e-mails, attending meetings, etc.) during lunch, shooting two birds with one stone.
From this perspective, we can see how important Musk's determination and work ethic are. However, there is a fact that; There are many people around the world who died without being able to share the results of their work with people, although they are really hardworking, very talented and determined. So what makes the link between creativity and success?
You have to question everything you think you know about the problem and scenario before you one by one, and build the problem from scratch as if you were a newborn baby. This is the only way to see the true source of the problem. Instead of doing this, following an analogy logic like “The same was in my boil, boiling the foxglove and drinking it” will either lead you to a short-term success or failure; for the source of the problem is still there.
So how do you build the problem from scratch?
Step 1: Write Aside Everything You Assume Is True About the Nature of the Problem.
“If I run into a problem, I spend 55 minutes thinking about where the problem stems. Solving the problem in the remaining 5 minutes is child's play. ” - Albert Einstein
Why do you think you are in this situation? Honestly ask yourself, whose fault is this? What if the problem persists? What would happen if it were otherwise?
Step 2: Divide the Problem into Its Basic Principles
“Think of information like a tree. Just as a tree cannot survive without its trunk, you cannot jump to their conclusions without learning the basic principles of something. Always focus on the most fundamental issue first. Then the details, and finally the results. Just like a tree, first the trunk, then the branches, and finally the leaves. " - Elon Musk
So how exactly are you going to do this? Let's give an example like this:
"Let's say someone came to you and said" battery packs are really expensive and will be expensive in the future. " ‘If you look at the history, they were expensive before. That's why they won't be cheaper in the future. "What you have to look at and think about the basic principles is this; What's the main reason they're expensive? What materials are they made of? What is the market price of these? If you buy them elsewhere, can you reduce the fee? "
He repeats the way society thinks, "Yes, batteries are really expensive!" Realizing that they're not really expensive will open a new page in your life.
Step 3: Make Solutions Out of Nothing
"People who say they can't express what they know or think actually don't really know that thing." - Mortimer Adler
If you have determined what is at the root of the problem, you can now move on to solving them!
Let's give a practical example: It Will Cost Me Too Much To Start A New Business ...
What do you really need to start a business? What should you do? We know the main idea is to sell a service or product to customers. So, does it really have to be very expensive to sell something? Actually not. You can find a way to reach new customers without spending too much money. So how do you do that? Is there anyone who can bring you to new customers? Can you create a business model that works for both of you? For example, you can give some of your earnings to him. Or you can offer a free service or product. Why not?
I Need To Lose Weight To Reach The Form I Want But I Have No Time To Exercise ...
What do you really need to achieve your desired weight? Exercising for 1 hour 4-5 days a week? So, can you work less frequently, in less time, and create a fitness plan that will get you to the same goals? Actually yes. By working at high intensity for 20 minutes 3 days a week, you can reach your goal in 4 months, if not 2 months.
Think Different ^
"Good ideas always sound a little crazy until you put them into practice and see how logical they are." - Elon Musk
When faced with complex problems, we often decide to go easy and apply the methods followed by people who have faced a similar problem before. From this point of view, the first step is a great method to tackle the herd psychology you are getting into, because it forces you to look from a different perspective and think in an unfamiliar way. In this way, you can produce solutions that you have never thought of before.
Remember, thinking is like physics. Just as the laws of physics operate within a certain logic, just as we know that the apple will fall to the ground every time we throw it into the air, the act of thinking can always yield results. As long as it is carried out within a certain framework. When done systematically, there is no reason why your thought process should not work.