Elon Musk 80 hours a week

The CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk, has claimed that you need to work 80 hours a week to “change the world”.

Musk has been responding to news via Twitter that Tesla is one of the Silicon Valley region’s most popular companies to work for. The proud, if controversial, father of a number of pioneering businesses openly invited Twitter users to join his corporate family.

His sell? “If getting things done matters to you” then Tesla, SpaceX, Boring Company and Neuralink is where you belong. According to a follow-up Tweet, getting things done means serious work hours – “nobody ever changed the world on 40 hours a week”.


When asked how many hours you need to get things done, Musk’s response was “about 80 sustained, peaking above 100 at times”. Even he goes on to admit that “pain level increases exponentially above 80”.

His logic is reasonably sound, for those it applies to at least, “if you love what you do, it (mostly) doesn’t feel like work”.

Does he think Tesla employees doing 100+ hours a week to keep Model 3 deliveries going are working their dream jobs? That’s still unclear.

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