Elon Musk Cites “Obsessive Curiosity” as Most Important Daily Habit

Recently, the G20 summit took place in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia. Nadiem Makarim, the Indonesian Minister of Education, openly expressed the critical importance of education. And as part of the summit, Makarim had the opportunity to discuss education with Tesla CEO Elon Musk via video call.

As reported in Vatican news“Musk emphasized the importance of establishing the relevance of what we learn rather than just [experiencing] learning as a mental obstacle course. He said critical thinking should be taught early in education as it helps create a kind of ‘firewall’ against false concepts.”

When asked about his approach to learning, Musk encouraged students to “strive to make fewer mistakes over time” and to seek critical feedback in their quest for knowledge. He warned against an attitude of “always being right” and, in turn, always seeking to prove yourself right to others.

In addition, Musk emphasized the importance of physics as a critical learning tool in seeking the truth – going back to first principles, as “physics is the law and everything else is a recommendation.”

What I found most fascinating was his response to a question about the daily habit that made Musk “who he is today,” according to a woman who asked the question in the audience.

“In terms of a daily habit, I think being curious about the world and how the world works—curious about everything really…I think curiosity is an extremely important thing to have. And [we need] to be somewhat possessed by that curiosity. Probably obsessive curiosity is the first thing,” Musk explained.

Musk also answered some probing questions about failure, fear and dealing with so many naysayers. He gave poignant insight into his thought process around education and learning. And although the interview was short, I found it fascinating and quite revealing.

If you haven’t had a chance to watch the video yet, check it out below.





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