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.