Elon Musk – Soliciting Negative Feedback

After my colleague read my piece yesterday, he pointed me towards this TED Talk from Elon Musk (of PayPal, Tesla, SpaceX fame) who talks late in the video about the value of embracing and demanding negative feedback from friends/colleagues and how it has been fundamental in his innovation.  He is, of course, talking about it more in the creative landscape, but I think the message still resonates.  As an added bonus, this video gives some tremendous insight into his inspiration for Tesla/SpaceX and will let the nerds out there (like me) geek out on some basic science and engineering principles as seen by a visionary. If you’re not interested in the science, you can forward to the 18:30 mark to hear his perspective on gathering feedback.

Til Next Time,


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