I was again listening to Elon Musk this evening, as he discussed his involvement in Tesla and SpaceX I was impressed with his openness and honesty regarding his life. He talked about having 180 million dollars after leaving Pay Pal where he was the CEO. He planed to invest half of the 180 million dollars he had into Space X. He believed it was possible to loose his money, and said he would not let his friends invest in the company due to his belief that it was likely to fail. Because he would still have 90 million left for himself the investment didn't seem so overwhelming. As time passed he realized that if he didn't invest the rest of his money in SpaceX, it would likely fail, or die in his words. After he put all of his money into the program, he said he had to borrow money from his friends to pay his rent. He described 2008 as a terrible year for him, in addition to the financial struggle he was also divorced. One could easily see the pain in his face as he authentically talked about this difficult time. It is interesting that in 2008 he almost had, "nothing", but "failed", investments, a broken relationship, and decisions that didn't work out, decisions that he could have beat himself up over for the next 20 years. . Who knows, we might have seen him outside of our local convenience store asking for a cup of coffee. Now in 2021 he is the richest man in the world. What a risk taker! What courage! I remember Bob Hope talking about having nothing, being completely broke, and being out of work at one point in his life. He also became the richest man in the world. We might want to reserve our judgment about others at times, because we really don't now their stories. What we know most of the time is the story in our mind that we create about them. The stories in our minds our only stories that we too often believe to be true, and may not reflect reality. Our decisions in life are always risky. No matter what we do there is an element of risk. Some of the decisions we make work out well for us, and other decisions we make don't go so well. Too often we judge ourselves negatively or shame ourselves on the outcome of a decision, that did not work out well. This is frequently what we do in a culture that judges us on our materialist success and not our intention, effort, character and competence. Too frequently we shame ourselves when we make sound decisions that don't work out all that well. Any decision has the potential t0 go north or south. Thank you for reading.