Elon Musk Shares His Work Ethic and Its Impact on Tesla and SpaceX

During a down-to-earth chat with Don Lemon, Elon Musk, the big brain behind Tesla and SpaceX, opened up about his life outside the office.

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Elon Musk Shares His Work Ethic and Its Impact on Tesla and SpaceX
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During a down-to-earth chat with Don Lemon, Elon Musk, the big brain behind Tesla and SpaceX, opened up about his life outside the office. He talked about everything from how he handles stress to his plans for his social media site, X.

This talk comes at a time when people are really watching how Musk's personal actions might affect his huge businesses.

Musk Gets Real About Sobriety and Feeling Down

Musk got real about how he keeps things straight during his well-known late-night moments on X.

He made it clear that he's usually not under the influence when he's tweeting away, trying to put to bed any gossip about his drug use. He was pretty open about dealing with tough times mentally, mentioning that he's been using ketamine, prescribed by a legit doctor, to help when he feels really down, even if there's no obvious reason for it.

"There are times when I just feel low," Musk admitted, explaining how the treatment helps him stay positive. He also touched on his stance towards other substances, saying he doesn't drink or do pot, but sticks to his ketamine treatment as it doesn't mess with his work.

It's a glimpse into how Musk manages the massive pressure of running some of the biggest companies in the world while keeping his mental health in check.

Musk's Work Ethic and Leadership Vision

Musk is known for pulling long hours, often working 16-hour days.

He stressed the importance of staying on top of his game to handle his massive workload and brushed off any idea that his health routines might interfere with his job or his businesses. Musk put forward a strong case for focusing on getting things done and creating value for investors, pointing to Tesla's success as proof that his personal health habits haven't hurt his companies.

When it comes to leading and innovating, Musk believes in the power of delivering results. "What counts is getting things done," he said, aiming to reassure anyone worried that his personal issues might get in the way of his companies' achievements.

The Road Ahead for X and Its Ads Dilemma

The interview also covered Musk's hopes for X (you might know it as Twitter) and the hurdles it's facing, especially with keeping advertisers happy. Musk's still positive about where X is headed, noting that many advertisers are making their way back and that money from subscriptions is going up fast.

He stood firm on his belief in free speech, even if it means some advertisers walk away. "You can't push for the whole platform to be censored," Musk said, making it clear he sees X as a place for open conversation. Musk and Lemon's discussion wasn't just about personal stuff—it also hit on bigger issues like workplace diversity and Tesla's new Cybertruck, showing Musk's wide range of interests.

Despite facing some heat, Musk's vision for his companies and tech in general hasn't wavered. He's set on continuing to lead the charge with his unique approach to innovation and leadership.

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