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“If I had to select one quality, one personal characteristic that I regard as being most highly correlated with success, whatever the field, I would pick the trait of persistence.”
— Richard DeVos, Amway Co-founder

The one interview question Elon Musk always asks applicants for jobs at Space X or Tesla is:

“Tell me the story of your life and the decisions that you made along the way and  why you made them and also tell me about some of the most difficult problems you worked on and how you solved them,” Musk said on Monday, adding that the question is “very important”.

“People that really solved the problem, they know exactly how they solved it they know the little details.”

But Musk said those who are “pretending” go into just one level of detail, “then they get stuck”.