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Elon Musk: ‘Pay attention to negative feedback, and solicit it, particularly from friends.’

When was the last time you asked for negative feedback on your creative project?

In a new TED video (embedded above), Tesla co-founder Elon Musk urged creators to solicit negative feedback when designing a creative project. Check it out:

Well, I do think there’s a good framework for thinking. It is physics. You know, the sort of first principles reasoning. Generally I think there are — what I mean by that is, boil things down to their fundamental truths and reason up from there, as opposed to reasoning by analogy. Through most of our life, we get through life by reasoning by analogy, which essentially means copying what other people do with slight variations. And you have to do that. Otherwise, mentally, you wouldn’t be able to get through the day. But when you want to do something new, you have to apply the physics approach. Physics is really figuring out how to discover new things that are counterintuitive, like quantum mechanics. It’s really counterintuitive. So I think that’s an important thing to do, and then also to really pay attention to negative feedback, and solicit it, particularly from friends. This may sound like simple advice, but hardly anyone does that, and it’s incredibly helpful.

Over at GalleyCat, you can read more about Musk’s favorite books. The titles ranged from structural design to science fiction:

At the relaunch event for KCRW’s Design & Architecture (DnA) show this week, Tesla Motors and PayPal co-founder Elon Musk answered questions about his work. During his interview with DnA host Frances Anderton, the SpaceX founder said that science fiction had inspired his wide-ranging career. Naturally, this GalleyCat editor asked what books inspired the entrepreneur. Musk gave a long answer…

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