Over the past month or so, I have had the opportunity to live fully independently for the first time. I have been working a full time backend engineering job at an amazing startup based in Toronto, taking a couple of online courses from university, taking yet another course on Coursera, and finally working at setting up a startup of my own with my cousin brother. Yet, I feel dissatisfied.
I read a post earlier today which I haven’t been able to stop thinking about – it was about the recent stockholders vote in Tesla to remove Elon Musk from the board. Though the vote failed and Musk maintained his seat, there was something else which caught my eye. Steve Blank, a business professor at Stanford and retired Silicon Valley entrepreneur, made a comment about how Musk, like Steve Jobs, is an excellent visionary and innovator. However, Tesla is no longer an innovation problem. It’s a problem of execution at scale. “It gets boring to execute,” he added.
Elon Musk has been one of my role models for a long time, and I have to say, believing that he goes through such struggles gives me some relief. Musk is a highly motivated human, no doubt. He puts his money where his mouth is and starts things he dreams of. He is great at showing other investors his vision and starting a company. But, it’s hard for him to settle and continue executing because he wants to keep exploring and try out new things.
I am going through something similar in my life. With so many ideas and so many things I want to learn about, I often find myself wishing there were more than 24 hours every day – but then I realize I still don’t make use of my time completely efficiently. I have recently started scheduling my days out by the hour and assigning myself enough time for all tasks I wish to take care of. To help bring more structure to my life, I also started taking an online course from Yale University on The Science of Well-Being. The course discusses the science of Psychology and aims to teach us students what practices make humans happy, and also how we can implement them in our own lives. I have a good feeling about this.