After the sale of his first two businesses, Zip2 and PayPal, Elon Musk decided to teach himself about rocket science with the vision he held since he read comic books as a kid: to make human life multi-planetary.
After years of researching rockets, the environmental factors of other planets, and three trips to Russia to try to buy an ICBM (Inter Continental Ballistic Missile), Elon decided that the hardest thing about rockets wasn’t the purchasing of existing rockets, but that rocket science had not innovated or progressed in 50 years. As such, in a matter of years, building new rockets from a new blueprint, he was able to build rockets that were more efficient, effective and a quarter of the price than what NASA had been sourcing for the past 50 years.
One individual, one decision and a great team. Outperforming national governments, multi-national corporations, at a game they had been playing for 50 years.
Today SpaceX has some of NASA’s largest contracts and is actively engaged in space transport.
Where could you innovate more? Where could you push the envelope further? The world’s best just might not be that great.