Elon Musk sold all 7 of his homes and now lives in a $50,000 shed placed in one of his Gigafactories. He still works 60-80 hours a week.
Why does Elon Musk do this?
Well, it's because having a lot of money doesn't mean you want to kick back. I totally understand what Elon Musk is doing.
Into the Wild
Elon Musk's behavior reminds me of Into the Wild, a book about a soon-to-be lawyer who drops everything to pursue going into the Alaskan wilderness.
I feel the same way about society and things in general. Material objects never made me happier, only sadder, especially when they clutter my living space.
People point at your objects and judge you. This is one of the reasons why Elon Musk sold his homes. Nobody could point to him and say "Look! A greedy billionaire!".
Elon Musk talks through his actions. He doesn't rationalize himself out of the right behaviour he just does it. He goes into the wild. He has another purpose.
A Higher Calling
If I had $1,000,000,000 I would quit my current job immediately.
I would not do this because I wanted to go on a life-long vacation. I would quit so I had time to think about what I wanted to do next. Money gives you freedom from work that distracts you.
Before I do anything I need a thinking gap to answer the questions:
- What do I want to do with this money?
- What do I do with all this time?
Even if you don't have the money, you do have the time. You have your whole life to answer the 2nd question. You had that power all along.
Answering that 2nd question gives you a direction. Often, social media, businesses, and other people distract us our whole lives. A calling comes from within and only from within. You can't find the motivation to do something if that reason doesn't come from within.
You need desire. You need to work for it.
I'm going to work for it. Are you?