“If you do everything, you will become someone,” trumpets comedian Rémi Gaillard in his videos. A maxim that Elon Musk, one of the richest men in the world, founder of Tesla and SpaceX, does not seem to be adopting in full. If we knew he had very strong ideas from a management and productivity point of view, or even from a recruiting methodology, he would almost calm down.
Elon Musk and the hygiene of life
For the great chiefs of technology, the hygiene of life could be seen as something essential. They are in great demand, so caution is advised. For example, Amazon boss Jeff Bezos insists on getting 8 hours of sleep every night. If so, he thinks he’s less energetic, feels less productive, and is in a bad mood.
The opposite of this philosophy is Elon Musk. The head of Tesla is known for his peculiar pace of life. In 2018, he stated that sometimes he only slept a few hours a week.
There were times when certain weeks … I didn’t count exactly, but I slept a few hours, worked, slept a few hours, worked seven days a week.
Balance sheet? Weeks that could add up to 120 hours of work, especially if he wanted to speed up production of the Tesla Model 3. Lucid also admitted that with this rhythm of life he would have burned a few neurons, even if it were, it clearly paid off.
But since then he would have made considerable efforts to be more sensible, as he confided in the last episode of tea Joe Rogan experience. Now he says he sleeps “about six hours” a night. A happy medium for him. If he sleeps less, his productivity drops and he doesn’t want to sleep any more. On the other hand, weekends are now “non-working” days … most of the time.