Elon Musk, the world’s richest man, says that he manages to get by on six hours of sleep each night while juggling his portfolio of multi-billion dollar businesses like Tesla, SpaceX, and The Boring Company.
‘I work a lot,’ Musk told podcaster Joe Rogan on Thursday’s edition of The Joe Rogan Experience, which streams on Spotify.
‘Normally, I’ll be in meetings at work until 1 or 2 in the morning. Saturday [and] Sunday, usually not, but sometimes.’
In addition to electric car maker Tesla and the aerospace firm SpaceX, Musk also runs The Boring Company, which seeks to ‘solve the problem of soul-destroying traffic’ by creating ‘low-cost, transportation, utility, and freight tunnels.’
As of Thursday, Bloomberg pegged Musk’s net worth at $194billion – some $3billion richer than soon-to-be-former Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
Musk is also co-founder of Neuralink, a neurotechnology company that seeks to develop microchips that can be implanted into the brain in the hopes that one day they will be able to cure paralysis, blindness, and other disabilities.
Rogan seemed surprised that Musk manages six hours of sleep given his many responsibilities.
‘I tried sleeping less, but then total productivity decreases,’ he said.
Elon Musk, the world’s richest man, says that he manages to function on just six hours of sleep per night. Musk appeared on Thursday’s edition of The Joe Rogan Experience
Musk is the founder and CEO of electric car maker Tesla. The image above shows a Tesla Model 3 at an exhibition in Shanghai, China in November
Musk told Rogan that he believes SpaceX will begin shuttling humans into space on regularly scheduled flights in just two years. The image above shows the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket lifting off from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida in February 2018
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‘I don’t find myself wanting more sleep than six [hours].’
Musk has developed a reputation as a workaholic. In 2018, Tesla employees told Business Insider that they would frequently see their boss asleep while curled under tables, desks, and even on the factory floor.
‘He’s here all the time,’ Miguel Carrera, a manufacturing tech lead, told Business Insider.
‘I know people have seen him sleeping on the floor under a desk.
‘All of a sudden, everybody’s all walking out and you look around and someone is curled up under the desk, come to find out it’s Elon.’
In November 2018, he told the Recode Decode podcast that during Tesla’s efforts to ramp up production of its Model 3 sedan, he found himself constantly working.
‘There were times when, some weeks … I haven’t counted exactly, but I would just sort of sleep for a few hours, work, sleep for a few hours, work, seven days a week,’ he said.
‘Some of those [weeks] must have been 120 hours or something nutty.’
Musk acknowledged that his crazy work schedule had ‘burnt out a bunch of neurons.’
In 2018, he told Axios: ‘No one should put this many hours into your work.
‘[It’s] not recommended for anyone. You’re gonna go a little bonkers if you work 120 hours a week.’
During his appearance on Rogan’s podcast on Thursday, Musk said he believes that SpaceX rockets will begin transporting humans into space on a regular basis sometime in 2023.
Musk also told Rogan that he wants the new Tesla supercar to be fitted with jets so it can hover three feet off the ground.
Tesla first announced the next-generation Roadster in 2017, claiming a list of impressive specifications including 0-60 MPH in 1.9 seconds, and a battery range of 620 miles, which is notable for an electric car.
But one specification was not mentioned during the initial launch – rocket jets.
Musk previously said that the supercar would offer a ‘SpaceX package’ that would include cold air thrusters to increase the car’s performance even more.
Musk told Rogan that he wanted the new Tesla supercar, the Semi (pictured above) to come equipped with jets so that it can hover 3ft off the ground
This package would include ’10 small rocket thrusters’, Musk said in 2018, as reported by Electric, a news website that covers electric vehicles.
But in an interview on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast released on Thursday, Musk said that Tesla is looking at implementing technology to make the car hover.
‘We are going to throw some rocket technology in that car,’ he said. ‘I want it to hover. We got to figure out how to make it hover without killing people.’
However, Musk – who is currently the world’s richest man – acknowledged there would be a few challenges to overcome and some restrictions required in order to make his aspiration a reality.
‘I thought maybe we could make it hover but not too high. You make it hover like a meter above the ground or something like that,’ he said.
‘Something where if you plummet, you blow the suspension, but you are not going to die. Maybe 6 feet. You probably just put a height limit on.’
Rogan then asked whether Musk envisaged the car being able to move while it was hovering above the ground.
‘You’d go pretty fast, but you are going to be time-limited. It’s going to use a super high-pressure air bottle,’ he said.
Musk also runs The Boring Company, which seeks to ‘solve the problem of soul-destroying traffic’ by creating ‘low-cost, transportation, utility, and freight tunnels.’ The image above shows a Boring tunnel that was unveiled in Las Vegas this past December
‘The standard version will have a back row with two small seats, like child seats in a Porsche or something, or if you get the SpaceX option package then in that place where those two seats is a high-pressure carbon overwrapped pressure vessel, something at around 10,000 psi, and a bunch of thrusters.’
Musk then reiterated a recent announcement that the electric car company is finishing its engineering on the new Tesla Roadster for production in 2022.
The entrepreneur has a reputation for being somewhat of a trend setter.
Earlier this week, it was announced that Musk launched a pair of potential game-changing shifts for bitcoin after Tesla announced it had invested $1.5 billion and said it will start accepting the cryptocurrency as payment for its cars in the near future.
Last week, SpaceX’s second full test flight of its futuristic, bullet-shaped Starship ended in another fiery crash landing.
Musk’s company launched its latest Starship prototype from the south-eastern tip of Texas, two months after the previous test ended in an equally explosive belly flop.
The full-scale stainless steel rocket reached its intended altitude of 6.2 miles, slightly lower than the last one.
Musk is also co-founder of Neuralink, a neurotechnology company that seeks to develop microchips that can be implanted into the brain in the hopes that one day they will be able to cure paralysis, blindness, and other disabilities (pictured is an image of Neuralink’s chip)
All seemed on schedule as the 160-foot Starship flipped on its side and began its descent. But it did not manage to straighten itself back up in time for a landing and slammed into the ground.
‘We’ve just got to work on that landing a little bit,’ said SpaceX launch commentator John Insprucker.
‘Reminder – this is a test flight.’
The next Starship stood nearby at the launch site in Boca Chica, Texas, during last Tuesday’s test, which lasted six-and-a-half minutes.
Musk is developing Starship to carry people to Mars, perhaps in as little as several years.
It’s the upper stage of his intended moon and Mars ships, meant to launch atop a mega rocket called Super Heavy that is still being developed.
SpaceX tried to launch Starship last month, but failed to secure the necessary approval from the Federal Aviation Administration, prompting a Twitter outburst from Musk.