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

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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100 thoughts on “Elon Musk’s Ultimate Advice for Students & College Grads – HOW TO SUCCEED IN LIFE”

  1. Aeron Gerich Co says:

    Elon’s message is not so clear.

  2. Atanas Filipov says:

    The most important person of the 21'st century. PERIOD!

  3. Raj G says:

    Mentor 🙏🏽

  4. 여왕님필리아 says:

    1% ? nono 0.000001%

  5. Sheeple Slayer says:

    I am going to apply at, SpaceX.

  6. Sheeple Slayer says:

    When he talks about the future and Mars… he talks like the world is going to end. Lol 😅

  7. Anonymous says:

    🔥If you Try to be the Best "You will be Number one" if you try to Remain Unique "You will be Only one" 🔥

  8. Lucas Vazquez says:

    What to do when you graduate collage
    Normal: goto collage get hired
    Us watching:start our own billion dollar buisness

  9. Flykry says:

    I wanna work for Tesla because cmon

  10. SD P says:

    Musk: the guy who inherited a fortune…tells non-trustfund people how to become rich. Why should anyone sitting in the nosebleed seats take advise from someone who started on 3rd base. Welcome to proof of American illness.

  11. SD P says:

    btw Tesla was handed the tech by US government along with a big check.

  12. Joe Bie says:

    Sure Elon Musk is no doubt a genius. But more than anything else I think his desire for success is the true engine. You have to want something enough to get it.

  13. Michael Hiers says:

    Says the guy getting billions of dollars from the US government

  14. TTech Preparatory says:

    Neil deGrasse Tyson really wants you to attend his master class

  15. cesar pires says:

    Alot of people missed the key point! He read alot of books about smart people!!! Apply it to your life goals

  16. jon Bremen says:

    burn all the birds through there yes

  17. Xing Ren says:

    I can't get a job anywhere,so I start a company:)

  18. Un homme qui court. says:

    the way this video is edited is so annoying !

  19. Ak Singh Singh says:

    This man is going to become world richest person of the Century. Because he is working towards future of mankind. We the people must learn from him and work toward s better world for all.

  20. subham roy says:

    My question is that if everyone in into programming and designing stuffs then who will buy, who will consume? Secondly, who will do the real physical job?

  21. Pouya Jabbarisani says:

    Just don't put a visa system for other planets at least!

  22. Daniel Lewis says:

    I have a bunch of respect for Musk, because most billionaires don't get out there to do good in the world, but I didn't start out life with emeralds in my pockets.

    If I want to start a space company honestly, first I need to work 250,000 lifetimes.

  23. Jazzy W. says:


  24. Alierson says:

    I risk for "time", if i failed for now my current IT Platform company, i'll regret why not going for high paid company, stable income.

  25. Stefan Grabe says:

    Who else couldn’t find a job and started a company? 💪🏽😁🚀

  26. Jevin Pavan says:

    In 100 years time, people will read books about Elon. He will be the equivalent to Nikolas Tesla and Albert A.

  27. Cameron Pitts says:

    @1:23 Thomistic Christian Philosophy. Reality exists. Begin with first principles. That's the starting point for any good philosophy and apparently a great business man.

  28. IGOS Success Tech says:

    translated… Have a rich banking connected brother. Be groomed by by and for the elite. This guy is a fraud. Do your research.

  29. Sean L says:

    Success? I thought he spend most of his time losing billions of dollars from his Tesla “business”. And that’s billions of dollars every single year.

  30. Filipe França says:

    Não vi motivação nenhuma kkkkkkkkkk

  31. Alex Lee says:

    2 years later i am still listening to this video. This man keeps breaking records and I am aspired to follow his footsteps

  32. Crystallization of the soul says:

    I might start a company one day but I don't know if it will be about space engineering! Maybe rocket design! Or I would hire engineers and I would partner also with other designers! Rockets from now on have to be lighter, ecologic and in consecuence more eficient!

  33. o2ku .Cocker says:

    Its the rich they already implement the money banking schem that design to use the people for the economy wealth instead of the people using the economy and divying it up and distributing it between eachother…

  34. Pp Lime says:

    The important message : "overwrite the fear"

  35. EM scary storys comics Scary true says:

    I'm really in to space currently trying to study about space crafts,spaceships,planets im trying to now know and study how spaceships work and how to work one today I just started drawing some spaceships. And not to brag but they look pretty good.seeing this taught me it will be hard to start my own space company but i will try my hardest. I wanna be like soon musk.

  36. miraclettawan says:


  37. 김윤철 says:

    미래의 모습

  38. Beyond Plane Sight says:

    I wonder what the world would be like if Elon ended up working in a cubicle at an Internet company?

  39. Davide Marras says:

    I wish i had better education, better opportunities, better access to resources, better parents, and a better enviroment where to grow up.
    I've always felt like everything i did was wrong, from the moment i entered the egg as a sperm (apparently, having narcissist parents doesn't help).
    Now, almost 35, i am still trying to do something at least for me, and any advice like this makes me feel like i've lost some train forever

  40. Shubham Kale says:

    4:37 hit like for this

  41. zibtihaj says:

    So even he had hardships and fears … truly inspiring

  42. Ludwig Ludwig says:

    First all is impossible. 20 years later everybody knows how easy it works. Humans and their small bubble. SuperHeroMuskMan. The Book of Job.

  43. mk4vws says:

    Only 1% succeed because you all keep the rest poorer and paying for your asses!!

  44. Dimash Orazaly says:

    Whole video seeing black people, I understand that today many communities fighting for equality, but it doesn’t mean that we should see them everywhere and in big dose.

  45. GROM SWAT says:

    Elon Musk is exactly what our kids need in the future.

  46. Mələk Nağıyeva says:

    İt's big Brain.Just I see the man and try to take example in my life. He isn't perfect.Because, perfect is enemy of good.He's wonderful on his field.Elon Musk is my source of inspiration ❤️ PS:If I do some wrong on writing, sorry)

  47. citlali villegas says:

    aight gonna show my parents this video before dropping out of uni.

  48. Abhijeet Singh says:

    Does Musk has a stammering problem?

  49. Shem says:

    Living in the United States does not need to be afraid of failure, but brave people who live in other parts of the same planet who are not afraid of failed attempts may be at risk of losing their lives

  50. Master Paine says:

    its like lotto … everybody have the chance to success and win a big catch or even the jackpott.
    but there are just a few openings and the most of everyone will fail….

    there is a tree with 100 apples and there are 1 million people who all want a apple.

    its true only the ones who had worked the hardest can really make it….but sometimes its just luck.

    its like a jackpot winner from lotto make videos about "how to get the jackpott"…
    surely u must play everyday and not only 1 or 6 slots but all 12 or even more …bla bla bla

    but all this blabla make no sense at all….its all sounds good … but its not.

    dont grow up children with the mind of material sociopaths
    dont teach them big money is all that counts
    dont make your goals higher as for a happy family living with a strong bond made of enough time and love
    dont push your dreams over the happines of you or your family or you end up alone…

    dont spend enough time and love to your children … your children will spend no time in your retirement home ! promised !
    dont spend enough time and love to your partner…. you maybe find someone new but not for forever… always ! promised !
    and all your money and all your success mean nothing… you spend all time on work and never lived….
    and spend the rest of your life all alone without a single person who truly loves or likes you…
    but hundreds of bloodsuckers when you really got successfull and have millions of dollars. that is the worst !!! promised !

  51. franco fabio says:

    people, ignore whatever this psycotic have to say , he want to use technologies to control the mind of the people with the excuse of the positive effects on students based on the crap that some chinese students are using , in short , just let his technology get rotten in the stock , do not use it because it's tremendous negative effects will never be told, depression , risk of cancer , dementia and people that would be controlled remotely by other sick people (even among the governments)

  52. Asd Dsa says:


  53. Rupak Tiwari says:

    7:57 absolutely true

  54. Max Koivukoski says:

    Elon speaks with a voice that I wish I had heard a long time ago. Thanks Elon

  55. Maraba says:

    Elon musk: Feels shy about talking to people so starts a company

  56. So Hum says:

    You can't get there from here, Elon. Rocket fuel is 3 D/require different paradigm for outer space travel.
    ROCKET FUEL WON'T GET YOU THERE. Neither will the cabal allow you to see what they are hiding.

  57. Rosh Sillars says:

    This 1:26

  58. sivlE gniK says:

    Actually I think that what keeps a lot of people from being more successful is not fear of failure, it is the inability to delay gratification. I know it has been for me and I believe the environment you are raised in has a lot to do with it.

  59. Hùng Đinh says:

    Vietsub please

  60. Radha Krishna says:

    Elan Musk,
    You are great…..
    You are not Bill Gates Foundation
    Sponsoring terrorist activities on mother earth….
    Elon Musk can be a great source of inspiration for youth all over the world….
    We as humans need self exploration……
    You are not the body…
    You are not the thought….
    Nor the mind……..
    You are the omnipresent, omnipotent……
    Primordial energy…….
    The Chee….
    Feel Chee….. Practice Qigong..
    Mantek Chia…..

  61. T West says:

    There is no big brother in Elon's world, no barred windows doors or thoughts, just red lined minds!

  62. Vinpods says:

    Says the guy with a cheatcode*

  63. Ron Luikaart says:

    Installing superchargers, solar systems and battery banks would be a skill young folks should consider.

  64. Sahabat Masalalu says:

    want to succeed? Pharmacy make anti-AIDS

  65. Sinoreth says:

    I want a comedy film about being a Elon Musk's friend and borrowing money to him.

  66. Name says:

    In my city at least you need to work full time just to pay rent and eat food out of college so it's not easy to just earn enough. If you want to do something crazy and start a company you need to have a full time job and do your passion on the weekend. No one is there to help you when you don't have your rent money. There is no help and it's not a situation you want to be in.

  67. Plastic Hooks says:

    Thanks big bro. I'm gonna go for a run and then start a company. I will see you at the Gala.

  68. Michael Brodie says:

    Only 1 percent of people have the means, motive & opportunity to inflict their will on the world, win all the marbles & go home.

  69. opacity maverick says:

    Memorising is not education.

    Rip bangladesh

  70. Study Land says:

    Why scenes of a guy making notes of different test of checking an infinite series is converging or not piping up between the video?

  71. San S says:

    Even he is A computer programer and engineer but he doesn't using glasses yet,,
    So, Different with me which always looking for my cellphone screen,, not for a book as well.
    Oh, how wrong my way 😣

  72. BN S says:

    Elon is such a legend

  73. Empress SunBow says:

    I actually felt really hopeful when I watched this. Thank you!

  74. thanvi shahid says:

    Ask more questions, which is discouraged in Pakistan govt college & university

  75. Robert Villalpando says:

    Damn.. elon how they eating not knowing basic physics basic universe worx.. and counting my money
    Every rapper rapping bout I

  76. The Future Is Here says:

    3:08 Feeling fearful, but moving forward anyway is called courage.

  77. Daunte Marie Slettebak says:

    Let the midnight special shine the light on me! -Creedence Clearwater Revival "She come to see the Governer with a piece of paper in her hand!…..and the boys will bring ya down!!!

  78. Daunte Marie Slettebak says:

    You have to kiss a lot of toads before you kiss a real Prince! So don't give up, just get you some bonne bell lip gloss and get to kissin grrrrls! Eventually you will come across your Prince Charming! The system is rigged, but with a little bit of determination and some cute dress…you can get what you want! Works every time! Hey, I got Tupac! So there ya go!

  79. Daunte Marie Slettebak says:

    LOVE this guy! Hey! Build us a resort on the moon? I hope someone figures out how to get people up to the moon for a vacay! I would love that! They could have space suits so folks could go for space walks and ride around in moon jeeps…cool! Maybe dome cities would also be cool up there also, so there would be green parks, lakes and indoor recreation as well! Could bring some real color to the moon and liven it up there! I don't think they have the terrible wind storms Mars has up there? And bonus it would be less time to get to! As Mars takes 18 months to get to! About one year and half from earth! D : ) Smiley likes to talk with ET's! And is in the know! Gabby!

  80. chesshooligan 1 says:

    An alien watching this video would think about 50% of engineers and scientists are black.

  81. Eagle Bird says:

    Elon has many capabilities … . Just think about the ability to convince investers to put money in a crazy business and the capability to execute it .

  82. Eagle Bird says:

    Don't quit your edu path etc just because Elon said degree is not important . When your capabilities are sufficient you succeed in business .

  83. Jeffrey Kemper says:

    I want a business loan. For $100,000,000. To convert old semi trucks over to run on electric but also add a charging system.

  84. shreya says:


  85. Mr. Charles Smith says:

    The irony is that Elon doesn’t believe in the current education system and would advise motivated students to drop out

  86. Utshab Shiwakoti says:

    Elon musk like your achievements I sea you as my motivation in my life hope to be like you some day

  87. ElMehdi Saniss says:

    INTJ Perspective

  88. Gary Williamson says:

    When Elon was running outside to see his Space X Rocket lifting to space the look on his face was one of total excitement. The joy spoke 1000 words. We all should be able to have that much joy.

  89. Jordon Garcia says:

    You have to have the same mindset and think the same way the 1% thinks. If you don't which not everyone does, your out. Go the normal road. Not everyone can take such responsibility or wants to learn it.

  90. Memer Gamer says:

    Elon Musk: “Try starting a company”
    Other entrepreneurs: “has this guy gone nuts?”

  91. Get Fit With Neha says:


  92. Mark Vought says:

    The fraudulent billionaire with a silver spoon in his mouth, who sets off expensive, ineffectual fireworks for his wealth – THERE IS NO SPACE IN THE HOLLYNASA pay to view fantasy, indoctrination world! Aristocratic, establishment thru & thru; just a sociopath & a traitor to humanity, a cheat, a liar & a conman. He's the polar opposite to his external, media hungry 'mr nice please like me, please! 'persona. But people are stupid so you love him anyway, this is why the world is in such a mess & on the brink because the dumb enslaved peasants are equally as sad & so easily manipulated! Say good night Vienna

  93. Victor Tecpa says:

    Take off the shitty music. Not a fan

  94. LechanceEnterprises says:

    "I walked into an exit only door and now everything tastes purple" – Elon Musk

  95. TaklaDuck says:

    how to sucseed in indian ejucation system😂😂😂

  96. menelisimp peace says:

    Man u live in your own universe…. Multi billion dollar companies over being shy to get a job🤯

  97. nurtika afi says:

    genius introvert

  98. nero printingservices says:

    true, since im not good in academics, i decided to become an entrepreneur and it works. the good is, u provide job and help others. the challenges are maintaining the business. but still God will provide. amazing

  99. codywohlers says:

    I'm going to invent a filter that removes music from videos

  100. Danz Markus says:

    Elon is great guy. He never give up.

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