I recently finished Ashlee Vance’s authorized biography of Elon Musk, CEO/founder of Tesla and SpaceX. The book paints a detailed portrait of an extremely smart and determined man, who cares less about making money and more about impacting the world in a positive way. His driving motivator, the one that causes him to work most hours of the day, is to make humankind a multi-planetary species and to give us the tools to shift our energy consumption to clean energy. The idea of working toward a larger goal, such as Elon’s, is fascinating to me: not working to live, not working to make as much money as possible, but, rather, working to improve the universe. And it is not about winning some make-believe competition of who can be the noblest lad in all the land; there’s a fundamentality to it.
We have “x” number of years to live and reproduce →
Our planet has a laundry list of unresolved problems, and our species is confined to it →
So, let’s improve Earth for future generations, while reducing our dependence on Earth (for future generations).
Ironically, I also learned that, with hard work and proper execution, big money often follows such ambitious purpose. There is not a shortage of big thinkers, there is not a shortage of money, but there is a shortage of people willing to assume large risk for an abstract but basic idea.
NOTE: The SoundCloud mix is missing track 12 (“O&D” by Louis Val). Original image by Spencer Tunick.
It’s autumn and it’s about that time when we all get those tender, deep feelings (goodbye bright summer sun, we loved you). So, how we do bring our souls at ease during these breezy days? A little bit of quiet, chill music usually does the trick. This time around we have a new artist that’ll have you feeling warm and fuzzy inside (you know, in the way that Frank Ocean does). Garrickson is a Dallas-based soulful pop artist that has us hooked with his latest tune “Floating Around”. There are no bells and whistles to this one, it’s just a simple, yet irresistible r&b track. You can get lost and check out the smooth sound below.