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Elon Musk’s Ultimate Advice for Students & College Grads – HOW TO SUCCEED IN LIFE

September 10, 2019

So what, what advice do I have
for college graduates? Certainly, I do want you to apply for a
job at solar city or Tesla or SpaceX and if not then, if that doesn’t
work for whatever reason then apply to jobs at other
companies in that arena or try starting a company. If you study engineering and you
figure out how to design new things then it’s relatively easy to start a company you just need to get a few like-minded people with you. I have to say that the space business is quite it’s quite hard to start a
company in space business because it’s such a capital intensive business So it may be better to do
something in Solar power or if you’re gonna do it in cars do it in, as kind of a component supplier
for cars or something like that. Musk has college degrees
in business and physics but SpaceX is his first venture in aerospace. How did you get the expertise to be the chief
technology officer of a rocket ship company? Well, I do have a physics background,
that’s helpful as a foundation and then I read a lot of books and
talked to a lot of, lot of smart people. don’t just follow the trend you may have heard me say that it’s good to think in terms of the
physics approach of first principles which is rather than reasoning by analogy you boil things down to the most
fundamental truths you can imagine and you reason up from there and this is a good way to figure out if if something really makes sense or if it’s just what everybody else is doing and it’s hard to think that way, you can’t
think- think that way about everything it takes a lot of effort but if you’re trying to do something
new it’s the best way to think and that framework was
developed by physicists to figure out counterintuitive
things like quantum mechanics. So it’s really a powerful
powerful method. And I want to know what is the one thing
that has surprised you about your life? Well, I simply I’m surprised
about the whole thing honestly I certainly didn’t expect to be, to be, for any
of these things to happen, honestly Yeah, I just you know, I know I wanted
to be involved in technology and in fact the only reason I
started a company back in 95 an internet company was
because I couldn’t get it there were only a few internet companies
and I couldn’t get a job at any of them I tried to get a job at at
Netscape and I sent my resume and I tried hanging out in the lobby,
but I was too shy to talk to anyone and it was like okay, well I guess
I’ll have to start a company cause I can’t get a job anywhere. thank you I wouldn’t say I’m fearless in fact I I think I fear,
I feel fear quite strongly but I if the if what we’re doing isn’t if what I’m doing I think is important
enough then I just override the fear so, but it’s not as though I don’t fear, I feel
fear like more stronger than I would like. I think also people tend to
overweight risk on a personal level it’s one thing if you’ve got you know
a mortgage to pay and kids to support and that if you were to deviate from your job than well, how are you going to feed
your family and pay the rent? Okay, that’s understandable but let’s say you’re young and
you’re just coming out of college or coming out of high school or whatever What do you- What do you risk? You know you’re not gonna starve, I mean… It’s really, certainly not in
any kind of modern economy It’s so easy to earn enough money
just to live somewhere and eat food. I don’t know what other people- what they are afraid of they are mostly afraid of failure I think. People should be less risk-averse
when there’s not much at risk. What is education like? you’re basically downloading data
and algorithms into your brain and it’s it’s actually amazingly
bad in conventional education It’s like it shouldn’t be like this huge chore like the more you can gamify the
process of learning the better. I always had sort of a slight existential crisis because I was trying to figure
out what does it all mean? like what’s the purpose of things? and I came to the conclusion that if we can
advance the the knowledge of the world if we can do things that expand the
scope and and scale of consciousness Then we’re better able to
ask the right questions and become more enlightened and that’s really the only way forward. What drives you? what what is it that when
you wake up in the morning do you see a problem and you want to solve it? The thing that drives me is that I want
to be able to think about the future and feel good about that so that, you know we’re doing what we can to have the future be, be as good as possible to be inspired by what is likely to happen and to look forward to the next day. So that’s that’s what
really really drives me is trying to figure out how do we, how
do we make sure that things are great? I’m gonna be so and that’s the unlined principle
behind Tesla and SpaceX is that, I think it’s pretty important that we accelerate the transition
to sustainable generation and consumption of energy. It’s inevitable, but it’s- it matters if, if it happens sooner or later And then SpaceX is about helping
make life multi-planetary and doing what we can to
continue the dream of Apollo and ultimately make contribution
to life becoming multi-planetary. Let’s talk a little more about that I think everyone is very interested that
when you say making life multi-planetary yeah that’s exciting it is exciting So what’s your vision there? You know, I think
particularly for Americans you know, like if you think about it
America is a nation of explorers. People came here from
other parts of the world that you know chose to give up the
known in favor of the unknown. So I think exploration like the United States is a
distillation of the human spirit of exploration and So that’s why it appeals
to Americans so much you know you can see this when there was a shuttle tragedy
and seven people died and that’s that’s terrible but, you know a
lot of people die all the time but why do we care so much? because it was the dream of exploration
that was dying along with those people that’s why. I mean I thought both Tesla and
SpaceX would fail at the beginning You thought? Yeah, sure really? of course nevertheless you put all your money in them I expected to lose it, and well
technically what I thought was well I’ll take half the money from PayPal
and if I lose half of it that’s okay but then of course the companies
encounter difficulties and then, I have a choice of
either like let the company die or put you know all the
money into the companies and so I really don’t want the companies to die
so I put all the money in the companies yeah and then I had to borrow money form
friends to pay living expenses yes you know just looking just for
evidence of exceptional ability and if there’s a track record
of exceptional achievement then it’s likely that that
will continue into the future. Well, it really depends on the stakes if the stakes are high, if it’s really important then one should, then I, you know
overcome the fear and just do it anyway I essentially I mean I just drive overrides fear, but I feel the fear It’s kind of annoying, I wish I didn’t I wish I felt it less.

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  • Reply Batman July 30, 2019 at 5:51 am

    Listen… I have a dream that one day I will revolutionise this world for the better. I want to create a working fusion reacter, create nano technology etc. I am 14 at this moment, I have started studying, the anxiety that runs through me is like none other. There is so much I want to learn and need to learn but it feels like it is just too much even though it is not. I have to acknowledge the brains power over me. The feeling of forcing yourself is terrible and first but overtime, it will go away; I think lol.

    I have created a plan for everyday, I will study the following subjects: economics, mathematics, philosophy, morse code, psychology, behaviour of light and the electromagnetic spectrum. Once I master these following subjects, I move onto technology and sciences further and some other subjects along the way.

    To all the big dreamers, you are not alone and keep working. DO NOT GIVE UP!

    To become successful is difficult, resilience is important. There will be difficult and stressful times but in the end, it will all be worth it. Good luck

  • Reply L C July 30, 2019 at 9:11 am

    Why is it so damn difficult to hear him speak? I get physically ill when I hear him.

  • Reply Robi Hamdani July 30, 2019 at 1:17 pm

    i'm simple man
    if see elon musk i click

  • Reply GaMMa July 30, 2019 at 2:50 pm


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  • Reply Paul McNaney July 30, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    Only 1% succeed because that's the only possible result. Our society is set up that way intentionally. Only that same 1% have enough power to change it. They don't because then, they'll lose that power. And it's very nice living in a country where 99% of the population has to do your dirty work just to get enough power to survive. Well, it's nice for the top 1% anyway…

  • Reply Unturtled July 31, 2019 at 4:06 am

    Elon Musk will go down in history as the man who brought the human race to mars

  • Reply Thomas Bernoehle July 31, 2019 at 4:57 am

    If you were successful it is easy to say the others did not work hard enough. How should you know….

  • Reply Jooj F July 31, 2019 at 6:16 am


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  • Reply Jeevan karki July 31, 2019 at 10:53 am

    Boss: you are failed.
    Elon Musk: Failure is an option.

  • Reply User NameХАХ July 31, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    Elon musk needs to be the permanent president of mars.

  • Reply Omer Aldossiry July 31, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    Fear is annoying? Umm

  • Reply Miguel Ferreira Mouta Junior July 31, 2019 at 11:46 pm

    The aim is not Just being a person of success, but a success of person (Boy George said this).Thats why space and science may fail tremendously , much more than conceivable , otherwise available technology where to granted the happiness of life , many many decades ago, for all the planet.

  • Reply BergBolado August 1, 2019 at 1:23 am

    The comments inspired me more than the video. I'm starting a company now here in Brazil and it's been quite difficult to find room in the market, to keep investors interested and to maneuver in the tangled web that is brazillian bureaucracy, specially when we are so small and resourceless, but i'll make it no matter the cost.

  • Reply Ryan Fewster August 1, 2019 at 2:09 am


  • Reply laksh nayyar August 1, 2019 at 7:28 am

    But Donald trump become president of America.

  • Reply Albertinho August 1, 2019 at 11:53 am

  • Reply BlackAngel August 1, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    Anyone else who wants to be the next revolutionary person of this race, good luck and we will meet when we succed! Thank you Elon for this!

  • Reply Round August 1, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    Elon needs to build an operating system like Jarvis that can help with every program that is opened.

  • Reply memesupplier 4u August 2, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    Captions not even working !!!!! Shit.

  • Reply Christian Reinhard August 2, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    Elon at his best motivational video.

  • Reply the special one August 2, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    To succeed you just have to sell your soul to devil…enjoy your miserable life. Open your eyes, you dont need that kind of succes, we just need love and a few material things. People like Elon Musk mayyybe in the begining wanted to do a better world but they always are corrupted by illuminatis…look how he works for Nasa (all fake corporation), and nobody wants to investigate things like free energy created by Nikola Tesla…wake up one person, the best person can not change the world, only everybody thogether can do that. By minimalistic and loved…very complicated goal, we always hear that, but i feel is true, the changes in the world starts with your personal changes. By a man of honor, love but with strengh.

  • Reply INCVIN August 2, 2019 at 10:33 pm


  • Reply Kevin Brown August 3, 2019 at 3:19 am

    The only person not Black in this video is elon musk himself. AND….where are the Asian faces??

  • Reply rjtkoh August 3, 2019 at 8:28 am

    It would be more motivating without the corny music

  • Reply Duo Pan August 3, 2019 at 4:34 pm

    to scam people is the suggestion

  • Reply carmineglitch August 3, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    The music always pisses me off, I get it Im supposed to be inspired, let the man talk.

  • Reply TokoFoto August 4, 2019 at 7:49 am

    There are thousends of smarter peole who had great ideas and didn´t succeed. It´s like with rock stars! There are so many talented, hard working musicans, and 99,9% never succeed. Why? Because they where not lucky. YES! You need luck, and the right contacts! Or You are the son or daughter of rich people or people who have influence and power. If Musk i such a genius, than why Tesla is still struggling? Every company since paypal and zip two does only exist today, because of the money he made with these two companys. If paypal would not have been such a success, nobody would know Elon Musks name today. And only people who had success do write books about how to be successfull, or do videos about it. All the million people who are smarter, had the same approaches and worked even harder, but who´s products have not been on the market at the rigth time and right place, do not write books about their unsuccess. Think about it! There are many examples that show this fact. Just search for the figures, that show how many companys have to close in the first 2 years after they have been founded! All the companys Musk founded after paypal would no longer be there, if he wouldn´t had so much money in stock, and such a well known name and reputation! Don´t get me wrong. I do not hate Musk! I have a lot of respect, cause he uses a lot of his private money to create something new, and to push the industrie further. Not many, if not almost nobody of the rich people is doing this in the way Musk is doing it! But he does it with his pirvat money! it´s his hobby! And i am sure he will keep doing it till he looses all of it! He for sure is a pioneer! But he was very lucky in his life! And all the other companys like Tesla and Space-X are realy a pain in the ass if You see it from a capitalisitc perspectiv. He has to put his own money into them, just to keep them alive. And he now has a reputation and big name that is keeping people investing in these companys, although they do not make any real profit. So don´t think You can be as these people, who just had luck or do have a big name or lot of money in stock! Don´t buy their books about how to be successfull! Sure, eductaion helps You to get a good life! But You will never be like Elon Musk, only because You study and work hard! That is just a myth!

  • Reply Pasa Sultanov August 4, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    Elon Musk have very interesding feature the But sometimes people very does exaggerate

  • Reply Yagami Light August 5, 2019 at 6:43 am

    from syria

  • Reply amiramnoamdoron August 5, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    Why 99% of people fail? What is success? Because people don't see a good enough reason to move their ass for something that will give them maximum money for 100 years(And along the way, they will give them nervous stress and charge them life years). Lucky there are idiots like Elon Musk who don't see it and thinks that being famous and have money means success. Otherwise there weren't so many nice inventions to use like electric cars , thank you Elon Musk for shortening your life for us and spending so much time, you have so much headache and all for us? So it seems to me that 99 percent do well and you are 1% of those who do not.

  • Reply Sector 7 G August 5, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    Sounds like a trust fund kid.

  • Reply A. G. August 6, 2019 at 1:07 am

    Imagine being the guy who didn’t hire Elon Musk when he applied.

  • Reply Seath leths August 6, 2019 at 5:31 am

    Because 99% must work on this 1%. Do must piece of work getting an unfairly small salary

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    대한민국에서 창업이란??

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  • Reply BRIGHTY PRODUCTION August 8, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    We're afraid of risk because we don't want to lose what we have, he said. Could I be braver, if I had nothing? Am I just afraid of failure itself? I should crush fear inside of me first. ?

  • Reply Andy Valerio August 9, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    The real question is DOES ELON MUSK HAVE AN ACCENT? There you go, now live with it.

  • Reply Think Diffrent August 9, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    Advice for students and college grad
    shows video of people running

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  • Reply Pedro Gamer August 11, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    Did you know that Elon Musk is a Christian? This is a very big super evident proof that GOD is behind this guy. Heaven and hell do exist then and you are not reading this meassage as a coinscidence. Jesus bless!

  • Reply Jean Prieur Du Plessis August 12, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    You can not be rich and normal.
    Normal = Average

  • Reply Never Code Alone August 12, 2019 at 9:53 pm

    This is a awesome inspiration. Thank you so much.

  • Reply dlosaf August 12, 2019 at 10:59 pm

    Elon Musk gives me faith in humanity

  • Reply charliemcnuggets August 13, 2019 at 8:25 am

    no bullshit. how did they let you use teslas name after they fucked him and the world over

  • Reply Toppins August 13, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    All it takes is one man to change the world and future.

  • Reply Rafael Vargas August 13, 2019 at 11:42 pm

    I’m starting stark industries in a year stay tune. Not sharing my suits with anyone I think that’s going to be a clear thing of not to fuck with Tony Stark.

  • Reply Sasuke Uchiha August 15, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    Those tips are great for everyone who life in a good spot in USA.. but.. the rest of us?

  • Reply Jose Liam August 19, 2019 at 2:53 am

    "Drive overwrites Fear"-Elon Musk

  • Reply TheProgrammingJedi August 19, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    take action, don't think too much about failures

  • Reply Martin Itamalo August 20, 2019 at 6:41 am

    I'm not the next Elon Musk but I have gotta stand up for my life to keep my name.

  • Reply Haroon Hassan August 22, 2019 at 6:48 pm

    Hearing the same from a fellow students hits way harder

  • Reply Badmash T V August 25, 2019 at 11:28 am

    He calls the astronomy as space bussiness…that's Elon Musk

  • Reply Burakcan Aytaç August 25, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    Thank you for turkish captions ?

  • Reply Max Fmv August 25, 2019 at 10:13 pm

    Elon Musk already succeeded. Technology at Tesla and Space X will evolve into something more no matter what.

  • Reply Subhajit Dhar August 26, 2019 at 10:04 am

    He's actually real life Iron Man because he says: I didn't get a job, so I started a company
    And when Cap said to Tony in the Avengers (2012) movie:-You're not someone who would want to lay down on a wire and let the others pass.
    Tony said:- I think I shall cut the wire
    Totally relatable

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  • Reply Vincent T. August 26, 2019 at 5:34 pm

    Sorry elon musk, the earth is flat and there is a dome above as mentioned in the bible.

  • Reply Mohammad Rashid August 28, 2019 at 5:55 am

    My life has become assimilate in early life of musk

  • Reply Genji Shimada August 28, 2019 at 11:36 am

    i thougt he was crying on the thumbnail

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  • Reply wluv story August 29, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    I love him

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  • Reply Julian Bon August 29, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    this music doesn't fit again. come on motivation channels

  • Reply Aldi Tarakez August 29, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    Indonesia caption

  • Reply jadeja rajdeepsinh August 31, 2019 at 1:49 am

    Plz give English sub titles

  • Reply Yanbin Chen August 31, 2019 at 5:55 am

    wait, was that a trumpet case Elon Musk carry at the beginning of the video?

  • Reply Survive Thsht September 1, 2019 at 1:25 am

    How about we cure humans of their ists and isms first? Or the addiction to power and greed? If we dont solve those things first it doesnt matter where we live. And how do you think most people will pay for travelling to another planet? If you dont have wealth then what? High interest loan? Your life for room and board? And if not then that means ya cant go? Seems more like an episode of Thanos coming for a visit to planet Earth.

  • Reply 203 Jaxx September 2, 2019 at 4:33 am

    He's a man who knows his way through his mind better than any of us. Ultimate respect to Elon.

  • Reply Avinash Giri September 2, 2019 at 5:39 am

    Because they watch such videos instead of working hard

  • Reply Free Mind September 2, 2019 at 8:00 am

    Elon is my idol.

  • Reply Mr. Anonymous September 2, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    Think wide, think out of the circle. If you can't find a road that suits you, then build one of your own. The society will mock but later will applause.

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    Türkçe çeviri için teşekkürler

  • Reply Retro September 4, 2019 at 2:16 am

    There is 50% of chance that Elon Musk watched this video

  • Reply vegito 47 September 4, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    Motivation for studying, yet we are here.

  • Reply Aditya Rawat September 5, 2019 at 3:58 am

    7:31 America is the nation of explorers ?

  • Reply Ambient Soda September 5, 2019 at 8:57 am

    well, I think Musk forgets, that the 1% who are successful are like gods; with a lot of friends and people power; this really does make the difference when starting a business – especially when combined with persons who have money already…that they can invest into an idea, and produce a business with returns at the completely different scale.

    Take smart farming, I have a prototype, bu to begin at the csale to get real farmers to adopt the technology and governments requires a much larger captial start up and channels.

  • Reply Snappingturtle 267 September 5, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    and yet musk supports the "give up" mentality of UBI? nuts.

  • Reply Ahmed Aldhafeeri September 6, 2019 at 12:42 am

    " Boil things down to their fundamental truths and reason up from there " This technique solve whatever problem!

  • Reply Anunnaki Menagerie September 7, 2019 at 4:55 am

    Q: what drives you?
    A: the car i invented

  • Reply Anunnaki Menagerie September 7, 2019 at 5:02 am

    How long until Elon puts a flux capacitor in a Tesla?

  • Reply A.S.K.U September 8, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    “Motivation is like a bath, we recommend it every day”

  • Reply Suguru Misato September 8, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    3:22 – absolutnie spartolone tłumaczenie…

  • Reply o B September 8, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    I think it's important to at least see and realize your worth. We may be hard workers, super smart, or like the wealthy 1% both. So, find your passion and work with what you got, most importantly be happy.

  • Reply Ali Qazilbash September 8, 2019 at 8:48 pm

    Love him, hate him, but make sure you lend him your ear from time to time. The truly blessed is the person who hears a word of wisdom and retains it! #oneheckofaknack #spooky!

  • Reply Jimmy Wilquerson September 9, 2019 at 5:44 am

    Excelente video, muchas gracias.

  • Reply Hey Day September 9, 2019 at 7:19 am

    Guys, he is Genius, his IQ is around 160-190 area. He is gifted with intelligence. You guys should look up to your father not him. And also average people who worked hard to succeed in their life.

  • Reply Sneha Joseph September 9, 2019 at 2:08 pm

    Can anyone explain what he meant when he said " People from different countries came here and gave up the known in favour of the unknown"?

  • Reply Kiran Alokkan September 9, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    First 2 cities on Mars should be named as SAGAN & MUSK.

  • Reply John Edmondson September 9, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    Elon Musk is a legend…

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  • Reply saket kulkarni September 9, 2019 at 6:54 pm

    I will not be the next Elon musk I don’t live on others names they made their own fame and name with their hardwork. I will do the same thing . I will make my own name and fame

  • Reply angelonewarrior September 9, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    you need to get very good support from your parents, you need specific backround. these people will always shoot straight like a rocket in whatever they do. it is not an opinion, it`s a psychological matter (I couldn`t explain it deeper sorry).

  • Reply alicia ali September 10, 2019 at 5:17 am

    Elon case is totally different , average ppl daily opened bussiness according to their back ground in education or no education then still you can sell fruits and veggies .
    Success is a different dimension hard work , market and several other factorz.

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    President of mars

  • Reply blacktoothgrin September 10, 2019 at 10:03 am

    I slept in the middle of the video

  • Reply Hiroki Iwami September 10, 2019 at 12:37 pm

    more like plz join my company! lol still enjoyed the video

  • Reply Mohammed Mebrouki September 10, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    I like the way he nods his head every time ?

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