IN­NER DE­MONS

Escape! Asia - - Editor’s Note - MELISSA LOR­RAINE CHUA

I WAS READ­ING A QUORA AR­TI­CLE ear­lier to­day that an­swered the ques­tion: What is it like to work with Elon Musk? The for­mer head of tal­ent ac­qui­si­tion at Spacex shared an anec­dote that per­fectly il­lus­trated how he man­aged to turn what would po­ten­tially have been a crush­ing de­feat into a mo­ti­va­tional win for his team. She de­scribed how, within mo­ments of the crash of the third Fal­con 1 launch, Elon ad­dressed the com­pany ahead of the press and re­minded them of the tremen­dous feat that they had al­ready achieved, that he had pre­pared for the pos­si­bil­ity of the fail­ure, and en­cour­aged them to pick them­selves up, dust them­selves off, and sol­dier on. “For my part, I will never give up, and I mean never,” and that if they stuck with him, they would win. Within mo­ments, the en­ergy of the crowd went from de­spair and de­feat to a mas­sive buzz of de­ter­mi­na­tion, and peo­ple be­gan to fo­cus on mov­ing for­ward in­stead of look­ing back. In her own words, “I think most of us would have fol­lowed him into the gates of hell car­ry­ing sun­tan oil af­ter that.” Although the ar­ti­cle also pref­aced it­self by say­ing that “work­ing with him isn’t a com­fort­able ex­pe­ri­ence”, isn’t that where we find our great­est selves – out­side of our com­fort zone? It is said that you can­not dream your­self a char­ac­ter; you must ham­mer and forge one into be­ing. Not many of us are blessed with a leader like Elon Musk, but I be­lieve that within us all is the po­ten­tial for a lit­tle Elon to ex­ist – a lit­tle Jiminy Cricket-sized Elon Musk that sits on our shoul­der to pick us up, dust us off, and mo­ti­vates us to keep hus­tling ev­ery day. Here on the es­cape! team, we strive to give you the best that we can ev­ery is­sue, from ed­i­to­rial to de­sign and beyond. Ev­ery is­sue is a prod­uct of our blood, sweat and tears (some­times more of one than the oth­ers), but it’s a labour of love. Here’s to fight­ing the good fight.

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