Elon Musk‘s vision is clear, “to have enough capital to colonize Mars.” But his decision to live in a 400-square-foot prefab tiny home isn’t just about freeing up capital to afford his mission and a whim of minimalistic enlightenment.
Musk’s process toward achieving his out-of-this-world plan to colonize Mars means doing whatever it takes. And that includes selling off a multi-million-dollar property portfolio and living in a rented home that costs just $50,000 to build. A house so small and lightweight a Tesla can trailer it around — no semi-trucks required.
On top of that, his tiny home doesn’t resemble the quaint minimalist homes resting upon stunning landscapes with million-dollar views, as you might see in architecture magazines or in Airbnb’s list of unique homes. His rented tiny home is on the bleak grounds of SpaceX in Boca Chica, Texas — a rural area lacking any form of glamour synonymous with the billionaire lifestyle.
But Musk’s goal isn’t to have the biggest home in the best neighborhood but rather to create neighborhoods and homesteads on another planet. And the way in which that could happen depends on a lot more than an immense amount of capital. It requires an equally immense amount of planning, testing, and preparation.
If you look at Musk’s Mars plans, you’ll notice that, not surprisingly, the homes don’t exactly resemble a city like Manhattan, nor do they look like your token white-picket-fence-clad suburban developments. Constructing dwellings on another planet would naturally look different from what we’re used to on this planet.
To effectively build a colony on Mars, buildings would need to be erected quickly and easily, with as little energy as possible. In other words, colonizing Mars would require a highly streamlined process with great precision. One that would look much like an assembly line with the most advanced manufacturing processes.
One variable in the success of this process would depend upon employing very small, lightweight, and easily transported materials — much like a Boxabl home, Elon Musk’s current dwelling.
That’s right, it appears the real reason Musk is living in a $50,000 pre-fabricated tiny home is for product testing purposes.
It’s not just the house itself that Musk is testing out, either. He could have just as easily downsized and lived quite practically anywhere. And yet he chose Boca Chica, an area consisting of miles of flatlands and a 40-minute drive from civilization. An area that, in many ways, provides a taste of what life on Mars might be like.
What it boils down to is his commitment to his goal. Musk has stated that, “when Tesla and SpaceX go bankrupt, I will go bankrupt personally.” But the genius of Musk’s mini house isn’t just that he’s all-in with skin in the game, but that he’s willing to live his vision — helping it come to life in the process.
In an interview, Musk has stated that “I think possessions kind of weigh you down.” And though that notion is at the core of minimalism, the seemingly universal statement says a lot coming from the man who is on a mission to colonize a planet 246 million miles away from Earth.
It’s not enough to know where you want to be, you need to know how to get there — a key factor in learning how to launch like Elon Musk. Knowing what weighs you down is a vital aspect of planning for success is product testing, which provides an example of where Musk does a brilliant job of applying his brilliance and a vital aspect in the strategy that drives his success.
The most successful entrepreneurs don’t just dream big — they’re ruthlessly committed, to the point of putting everything on the line to make what might appear to be far-fetched dreams to others their reality. And this doesn’t just mean going all-in financially but going all-in when it comes to all facets in the pursuit of a goal. It’s the founders, like Elon Musk, who do the unheard of who manage to do the unthinkable.