Elon Musk, creator of Pay-pal, SpaceX, Solar City and Tesla
Elon expected Tesla to fail.
"If something is important enough, even if you expect it to fail, you should do it anyway." - Elon
Today a lot of people are in business. But if your business is mostly for gain for you and your shareholders, I would argue that you are not yet expressing service in the fullest sense of the word, and therefore, your business isn't yet as powerful as it could be.
From Competition to Cooperation
Today "business" often means competing with others, marking prices up as high as you can, and getting as much market share as you can. This is egoic consciousness, where we 'fight' to get what we can, because we believe there isn't enough to go around. We believe it, we act like it, so it becomes our experience. It even becomes our culture.
"We have to compete and be aggressive to get ahead."
Competition is actually not in our nature.
And competing is ugly. But If your business is motivated by love, caring, concern about what’s best to do for the benefit of all, then that’s not business at all. That’s service.
And service is beautiful.
Business profits you alone. Service profits everyone. Business makes your corner of the world a better place, but you better put up a fence... while service makes the whole world a better place.
Business is competitive, Service is cooperative.
The intention, the energy, and the focus, are totally different.
Business is the big car companies ruthlessly doing all they can to keep electric cars from cutting into their sales. In business, if it’s legal, it’s allowed.
But service is under natural laws, God’s laws. It's really a step up, to playing a bigger game. Love moves through you. You are facing obstacles. You fight against unmoving forces. You change the world - and then you get paid.
Tesla had major obstacles. For starters, Tesla nearly failed. They came very close to running out of money. And Elon nearly had a nervous breakdown over it. ALL of the money he made on Pay-pal, he risked on Tesla, around $18 million. And he came very close to losing it all.
But today Elon he is a billionaire. And he's heading many projects that will make our world a better place.
But people misunderstand him. They think he's a 'genius entrepreneur', which is true, but the truth is Elon is more a genius Engineer, and an Altruist. In fact, Elon has said many times that he sees himself mainly as an engineer. He sees how to work out practical problems. And Elon's main motivation was not to make a lot of money - it was to get us off fossil fuels - he didn't even expect Tesla to succeed.
Someone like Elon Musk, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela or Gandhi - aren't 'business people'. They are extraordinarily intelligent and tuned in, and they MUST use their energy to do what serves the most, what makes the best of their abilities, and playing THAT game to the best of their ability, is what turns them on. Making a difference, pulling it off, is their main reward, and money or fame, if it comes, is just a secondary reward, (and often a burden as well).
And yes, Tesla gave away their patents. They let the other automakers use them, no charge. Tesla’s intention is to make the world a better place, so if another company makes an electric car, Tesla is behind them with their patents!
Now THAT is service! Imagine, if we ALL did Service, 100%, and not business. This is increasingly the world we are moving into.
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Hi, I'm Donovan Giraud. I'm a health coach, meditator and visionary. I'm on a mission to help people heal themselves and evolve our world.