Musk has us on “hello” in this video with his admission of impulse verbalization: “My issue is that I don’t have a filter, not that I have too much of a filter.” No wonder we love listening to him with that unfiltered charisma. Right before that line, in regards to a commentary about him being a great marketer, he adds: “I say the stupidest things. That cannot possibly be true.”
And then he checks himself. Now, I notice him doing this often in his air time. He takes a split second, and you see his reflection, as if he is thinking, “Did I say that? Was that too much? Will it be understood, sensationalized? It’s okay. Do I care? Maybe not. Yes, I should have said it.” Then comes his smile — sweet as a four-year-old child who connects to his own feelings and growing self-confidence and brightens up.
I don’t know if his childlike expressions save or make him at important times (personally and professionally) — I guess it depends on your initial impressions (ours are of course good). However, as an icon and viable force of nature (and electric vehicles, space exploration, etc), Musk’s luminosity puts a sweetness to all of the Type A drive he also has. Even with, “It kind of sucks running a public company,” Musk — who usually does win us over — does not convince us. He makes it look fun, fluid.
His charming, almost bumbling style spliced with his relaxed, impeccable attire and a sparking smile offer up a kindred spirit to Hugh Grant’s many lovable characters. However, nowhere is there any fictionalized film of a dynamic, over-the-top, cleantech CEO that compares with Elon Musk and his genuine sense of humor (yet). He knows we like to hear his filterless interviews as the best of two worlds meeting — the insight regarding technology that protects resources, the spawning of superior products, and a spontaneous tit for tat framed by that childlike smile on a grown man who does know clearly what his agenda is.
There are many gems in this video. My favorite is a short melodic whistling tune performed by Musk — who moments later explains that he likes lipstick. Other times he chimes in with succinct intelligence, as when he explains that the reality of being a president is like being the captain of a huge ship which only has a small rudder. He follows with a bit on problems regarding government programs, as a general commentary. He explains how and why there is a Tesla Model S and X but now without the Model E, thanks to Ford — and that Tesla also trademarked “Model Y” to go with S, E, and X.
Check out some other Musk videos such as Zach’s favorite, “Best Elon Musk Video Yet,” which runs through life stories from age 6 to today. “Most of it is timeless,” Zach notes.
Or if you would like a slice of the more serious, there is nothing funny about any commentary on fracking. Check out Elon Musk pointing out that fracking is dangerous (significantly) in a quick explanation at a recent conference. He sums up the immense danger and then leads to the need for electric cars that do not use fossil fuels. Musk and his Virgo moon critically examine and speak for humanity in this one. Service-oriented, yes.
Thanks to “EveryElonMuskVideo” for sharing this video with us.