Quite possibly the most amazing person alive today
I was first introduced to Elon Musk about a year ago on a 60 Minutes segment entitled, SpaceX–Entrepreneur’s Race to Space. At the time, I didn’t connect the dots regarding the staggering potential of this amazing man.
But now I have—thanks to my friend, Leo Schwaiger, who brought him to my attention a few days ago. Then, just a few hours later, I discovered the passion of Elon Musk—He is a mission-motivated leader who likes to tackle projects that will make a HUGE difference in this world. A few of his quotes:
[He likes] “to solve important problems that will most benefit the future of humanity”
“We need to figure out how to have the things we love and not destroy the world.”
“Unless we solve the sustainable energy problem in this century, we will face massive economic collapse.”
Background. A native of South Africa, Elon will turn 42 on June 28, 2013. And what a career he’s already had. After earning multiple undergraduate degrees in Economics and Physics from the University of Pennsylvania, here’s what he did next (from Wikipedia)
Musk then considered three areas he wanted to get into that were “important problems that would most affect the future of humanity“, as he said later, “One was the Internet, one was clean energy, and one was space.”
Then he got busy making money. His first commercial success was the sale of Zip2 (provided online content publishing software) to Compaq in 1999 for $307 million. He then co-founded PayPal which he sold to eBay for $1.5 billion. Since then, he has launched SpaceX, Solar City and Tesla Motors. Not only is Tesla now turning a profit after ten years, they just recently repaid a Federal loan of $465 million—22 years early. From Wikpedia:
Tesla Motors designs, manufactures and sells electric cars and electric vehicle powertrain components. Tesla Motors is a public company that trades on the NASDAQ stock exchange under the symbol TSLA. After 10 years, Tesla posted profits for the first time during the first quarter of 2013.
After pouring hundreds of millions of his own money into both SpaceX and Tesla, Elon was able to lead them back from the brink of financial collapse—and now both businesses are enjoying commercial success.
As the first civilian participant in outer space, his company now has a $1.6 billion contract to service the International Space Station for NASA.
What about food? Mr. Musk likes to work on important problems that most affect the future of humanity. What could possibly be more important than food? This is the question that I kept thinking about as I watched several of his videos. The first one is 52-minutes long and does a great job of chronicling his remarkable career—SO FAR. If you don’t have time to watch it now, then make sure you do watch it soon.
In my case, I spent the better part of May 23 watching videos and reading information about Elon. Then I wrote him a letter—and have provided a copy of it just after the video.
Meet the amazing Mr. Elon Musk
My letter to Elon (requesting a meeting)
Subject: Working on things that really matter
Like yourself, I am concerned about the long-term sustainability of our species. Knowing of your interest in “important problems that would most affect the future of humanity,” I have spent the better part of the morning studying your background, watching your videos and drafting this letter of introduction.
You are clearly concerned about global warming, our dependence on fossil fuels and many other issues that might affect the future viability of our species. Like you, I share those concerns but, unlike you, I am primarily concerned with the most-powerful and most feasible Earth-based solutions.
Based on my 10,000 hours of study in my new field since 2002, I have concluded that our most urgent problems are driven by the food choices that we make. For example, in the USA, our “Standard American Diet” requires over ten times as much land, water and energy—on a per calorie basis—as does a health-promoting, Earth-friendly, whole foods, plant-based diet. The collective impacts of these numbers are staggering.
You must agree that nothing is more important than having food to eat for all humans. And if everyone (all 7 billion of us) ate the way we do in the USA, we’d need two planet Earths to feed us all—yet we only have one—so far. As you know, the production of our food requires a never-ending supply of land, water and energy—and we’re squandering all three at a record pace.
Since our money-controlled healthcare system and U.S. Government are not addressing this food problem, I have decided to tackle it myself. Kind of like you and your experience with NASA. After publishing my book in 2011 (Healthy Eating, Healthy World), I have published almost 800 blogs on my website at hpjmh.com and am now focusing my efforts on two projects that could best leverage my knowledge and talent for the greater good:
- Food/Education venture. A highly innovative, direct-to-consumer food distribution & education model that could revolutionize the food business while promoting improved eating habits among millions of people. This venture is in the early, pre-funding stage.
- Cost of healthcare reduction consulting. The only leaders in our nation who have a financial incentive to promote health are the CEOs of the large corporations who are paying the lion’s share of our $2.8 trillion annual healthcare bill. We’ve developed a powerful consulting package aimed at saving hundreds of millions of dollars a year with a single corporation, but are still searching for that first CEO client. You can read all the details by clicking on the following link, located at the top of my website at hpjmh.com: “Slashing the cost of healthcare in businesses”
Elon, I am writing to request a meeting with you. As you say, “We need to figure out how to have the things we love and not destroy the world.” Right now, we’re destroying the world by the way we eat. And the problem is getting worse every day.
Please give me a call at 917-399-9700. Thank you for taking the time to read this letter and consider meeting with me. I would be thrilled to work with you—someone who is so committed to working on things that are “really going to matter.”
Sincerely, J. Morris Hicks (Jim)
PS: I am sending this letter to your office at SpaceX in Hawthorne and to your Tesla office in Palo Alto. Hopefully one of them will make it into your hands soon. I look forward to hearing from you.
Ten Minutes for Tesla. Elon’s vision for a transportation system that generates more energy than it uses. A ten-minute video that will make you want to buy your first electric vehicle. In this video, he addresses the primary concerns about electric vehicles—and his vision has a solution for all three.
- Source document. The Elon Musk story on Wikipedia
- The “60 Minutes” June 2012 video of Elon Musk and SpaceX
- Elon’s own website at www.elonmusk.com (it may have been created by someone else)
The Bottom Line. The world desperately needs mission-motivated leaders like Elon Musk. He has the brains, the knowledge, the leadership skills, the track record and the money to tackle just about any problem he chooses. Let’s hope he chooses to join us in tackling the most important problem (for humanity) in the history of the world.
Handy 4-piece take-charge-of-your-health kit—from Amazon.com
- The movie that’s changing the lives of millions: Forks Over Knives DVD
- Healthy Eating, Healthy World, The “big picture” about food (our book)
- An essential scientific resource: The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell
- Dr. McDougall’s new book, The Starch Solution, with lots of great recipes.
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—J. Morris Hicks, board member, T. Colin Campbell Foundation