Elon Musk Does Not Give a Damn

I think if you want to understand the psychology of Elon Musk, then you should listen to lyrics of the Killerz song “The Man”. CBS 60 Minutes had a recent interview where Leslie Stahl tried to probe and determine what Elon Musk was thinking with his tweets and combative behavior.

Leslie was shocked that Elon Musk did not care what the SEC thought. Elon will only follow the SEC as far as he was legally required. Elon Musk is fighting Short Sellers. Short sellers bet against the share price of Tesla.

Partial – Killerz The Man Lyrics

There are only two lyrics that I think do not match Elon. I got gas in the tank. Elon has electric cars. He has charged batteries in his Tesla car.

And the USDA certified lean line. Elon is carrying some extra weight.

Particularly apt are the lines:
* I got a plan
* Headed to the hall of fame.
* I got a household name.
* Nothing can break me down
* Don’t need no advice
* I got skin in the game

I know the score like the back of my hand
Them other boys, I don’t give a damn
They kiss on the ring, I carry the crown
Nothing can break, nothing can break me down

Don’t need no advice, I got a plan
I know the direction, the lay of the land
I know the score like the back of my hand
Them other boys, I don’t give a damn

I’m the man, come round
Nothing can break, nothing can break me down
I’m the man, come round and
Nothing can break, you can’t break me down

I got gas in the tank
I got money in the bank
I got news for you baby, you’re looking at the man
I got skin in the game
I got a household name

I got news for you baby, you’re looking at the man

When it comes to Friday, I always earn
But don’t try to teach me, I got nothing to learn
‘Cause baby I’m gifted
You see what I mean?
USDA certified lean

I’m the man, come round
Nothing can break, you can’t break me down
I got gas in the tank
I got money in the bank
I got news for you baby, you’re looking at the man
I got skin in the game
I don’t feel no pain
I got news for you baby, you’re looking at the man

Who’s the man? Who’s the man?
I’m the man, I’m the man
Who’s the man with the plan?
I’m the man

Who’s the man? Who’s the man?
I’m the man, I’m the man
Who’s the man with the plan?
I’m the man

47 thoughts on “Elon Musk Does Not Give a Damn”

  1. In a good month i invent several ideas and or concepts. They are practical and efficient. I give them away for free. Sent ideas to iss and can. space agency. Hasn’t gotten me anywhere. Still going to give them ideas though. I think the majority of them are brilliant. Up to them to decide though.

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  2. Yep. Through all of history, we haven’t had a shortage of politicians, political systems, ideologies, religions and all sorts of superstitions.

    It was only after we started developing rationalism and empiricism, taking us eventually to science and technology than we got out of the abject depths of misery our species has lived on since it started existing, several hundreds of thousands years ago.

    This tiny oasis of relative abundance is a new thing in our existence, one our mistrustful ape brains haven’t got used to, so we still disbelief in the things that work and why superstition and all kinds of bunkum are still popular and gaining traction.

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  3. He is NOT one of the top 3 smartest people on the planet. Just STOP.
    He has NOT read more books than “probably anyone ever has”.
    He has NOT mastered all of the sub-disciplines unless manufacturing was one he accidentally missed because his alien dreadnought assembly line was matched by a tent.

    Your post reads like a puff piece of Kim Il-sung written by Kim Jong-un channeled by Mao’s and Stalin’s most deferential hagiographers. If anything your limitless praise reveals your own ignorance.

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  4. Not really, NASA needs SpaceX too. I’m sure a commission will make a report about SpaceX but nothing real is going to happen. NASA wants cheap access to space.

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  5. Why would he waste his time in politics? In the real world you can actually get things done.

    Mr Musk understands that engineering is what actually changes the world, not govt programs.

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  6. Yes but that doesn’t make him brilliant.

    He is simply willing to bet his money on his vision. Good for him. I wish that other billionaires would actually spend their money working to solve problems (Gates, Bloomberg, etc etc etc) instead of trying to suckle at the government teat.

    Musk’s execution skills and management abilities are his weaknesses.

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  7. Doubtful. When he was the underdog he had no end of popular support. It’s fashionable to cheer for the underdog. It’s also fashionable to take every shot possible at the successes.

    For example: Look at all the flak yesterday’s internet startups are getting now that they are big and successful (not going to get into what parts of it are deserved, but size and success alone are not good reasons for hate other than that larger things have more opportunities to do things that makes them a target for criticism and, once a target, always a target. We all know it; negativity sells, especially on the internet.

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  8. He is brilliant, there isn’t a way to look at it that says he is not, he’s actually done something with his life and should be praised for it. Respect musk, he’s done a lot of good with his life. The world would be an amazing place if more people were like him.

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  9. Losers and lesser folks respond to accomplishment with envy and sour grapes. You’ve given yourself away. But take some comfort,… no one gives a damn what a nobody like you thinks.

    By the way, the SEC is the wholly-owned enforcement arm of the Wall Street Criminal gang. Their job: to use state power to protect the Malefactors of Great Wealth’s monopoly on global money flows.

    Cryptos have obliterated that monopoly, and Wall Street is going down.

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  10. No, fool, he is fighting the short sellers. If you understood what short sellers do and how they expect to make money, you would understand Musk has a fiduciary duty to all non-shorting stockholders to defeat the short sellers. That is true of short sellers who merely evaluate that the stock is overvalued, never mind those who actively lie to manipulate the value of the stock down.

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  11. This is called short selling, and the number of shorted stocks sometimes exceeds the number issued. It’s a scandal

    No it isn’t. Just because you drink the Musk Kool-Aide doesn’t mean it is a ‘scandal’.

    They perform a necessary market function.

    A netter way to bet on a lower future stock price is to buy “put” contracts “to open” that confer the right to buy shares at a point in the future at a set price.

    Yes, that is what I do. I only trade options anyway.

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  12.  Elon Musk is fighting Short Sellers. Short sellers bet against the share price of Tesla.

    No he is not ‘fighting’ short sellers. Anyone who understands basic economics and what short sellers do would never say that. Short sellers are nothing but speculative traders, that’s it. They seek and target shares traded that they think are not valued as the market does and simply PUT THEIR OWN MONEY into trading positions that reflect that.

    He’s nuts, period. Just like Nicola Tesla & Howard Hughes went nuts as they got older.

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  13. This is the laziest “article” ever! You wrote two sentences that don’t give any insight into the subject matter and then typed out the lyrics to a song.

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  14. As long as the public posturing doesn’t get in the way of delivering the goods, I’m fine.

    What I think is bad in general is idolizing. Lots of people start thinking that success comes from the posturing and being obnoxious to others, and not from planning then working and working like crazy.

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  15. He’s no more brilliant than anybody else.

    His wealth comes from ambition and the same sort of general intelligence most reasonably intelligent people have.

    His eccentricity is immature arrogance.

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  16. If you are purely commercial and majority shareholder in your ventures you can pretty much do what you want (that is legal) with impunity. But when you start taking big money from the gov’t then there are many in the gov’t that feel they have a say. SpaceX needs NASA money to be profitable (according to that Forbes article) so there will be fallout from over-the-top public stunts.

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  17. Pretty much. You don’t succeed like that by giving a damn what other people think. It’s a strength and a weakness, because you’ll get in real trouble if you hit a situation where you really do have to give a damn.

    But he is what he is, and what he is, is the sort of man the moment needed.

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  18. Yeah but he is the man, the guy is an expert generalist and much more than that, he probably one of smartest guys we have, he’s a physicist by literal profession in degree, an coding prodigy, has read more books than probably anyone ever has and understands things thoroughly and fundamentally. It takes a lot to actually understand the world via all its disciplines and sub disciplines and he has mastered being a homo sapien in the 21st century on planet Earth. He’s probably one of the top 3 smartest people we have on the planet, he throw’s out inventions, ideas and innovations like he’s reading of recipes from a cookbook. he probably know more about the ‘psychology’ behind most of the posts you write than you do Brian Wang.

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  19. Why does it matter? I am a day trader but there is too much risk in going short. Going long the most I can lose is what I Invested in the stock.(plus possible margin) Going long I could lose whatever the highest price the stock reaches being it $1,000 or $3,000 a share. On top of that when the price goes up to much, the short sellers panic thus driving the price higher.

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  20. Elon does not suffer fools gladly, and does not care what idiots believe. I know just how he feels!

    Who can blame him? When you are pushing the limits of existing technology, and doing things that have been widely declared impossible. What a bunch of small minded pencil pushers, and pretend journalists think is inconsequential. Personally, I wish he’d have fought the SEC on the grounds that his “taking the company private” tweet was not an official company communication, and protected by his first amendment right.

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  21. Generally, short sellers borrow shares from their brokers, and replace the borrowed shares at a later time, hoping the future price is lower. The corrupt practice of brokers loaning more shares than they have is now common. This is called short selling, and the number of shorted stocks sometimes exceeds the number issued. It’s a scandal.
    A netter way to bet on a lower future stock price is to buy “put” contracts “to open” that confer the right to buy shares at a point in the future at a set price.

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  22. That’s the same look he’ll have, as you kneel before his “Ruddy Throne” and he contemplates whether or not to vent you and your family for bad mouthing His decision to rename Monday to Muskday.

    *on Mars

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  23. haha this is pretty true I think. When I saw some of his tweeting a while back, I really did hope he doesn’t give a damn really because for a bit he got salty or something

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