Can you change the world and only work 40 hours a week? How about 90?

Elon Musk is an entrepreneurial legend. There's no doubt about it. Paypal, SpaceX, Tesla - any of us would kill to be the founder of just one of these companies, much less all three.

But recently, Musk has been making waves not for his business acumen, but as the poster child for workaholics. In 2018, he claimed to frequently work 120 hours a week. That doesn’t leave much time for anything else. To his credit, Musk admitted, "You're gonna go a little bonkers if you work 120 hours a week."

You’ll be glad to know that Musk has since dialed back his schedule to a much more “manageable” 80-90 hours per week.

Recently, Elon raised eyebrows again with a company-wide email that he sent to all Tesla 1:20 AM.

Mind you, this wasn’t some trivial email about an upcoming company party, he laid-off 7% of Tesla’s workforce.

In the email, Musk outlined several Tesla successes and reinforced the grand mission that drives him and the Tesla organization. The "mission of accelerating the advent of sustainable transport and energy, which is important for all life on Earth."

The kicker? To achieve this mission, and remain competitive, Tesla needed to layoff 7% of its full-time workforce.

For remaining employees, achieving Tesla’s mission is still well within reach. As Elon outlined in his email, all it requires is that Tesla employees “work much harder than other manufacturers to survive."


There is so much to unpack here:

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