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"I didn't want to be the CEO of SpaceX, I wanted to be a Lumberjack." - Elon Musk



Skidders and trucks in the mud vs rockets and barges. Same difference. The toys he gets to play with are just different. Probably way less dick jokes, facial hair and steel toe boots on a SpaceX job-site though.


> Probably way less dick jokes, facial hair and steel toe boots on a SpaceX job-site though.

You don't think these folks are wearing safety tipped shoes and cracking dirty jokes from time to time?

https://www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/caac49d6e3f44d10409a91a8bb8...


There's an direct relationship between ease of oversight and joke PCness.

Twenty dudes in the middle of nowhere turning trees into a piles of logs are gonna be way more fun to hang around with than a team who's supervisor's supervisor could easily drop by.

Follow some people who work odd hours on Snapchat/IG. Way more screwing around happens on 3rd shift than 2nd or 1st.

IMO the morale boost of allowing people to screw around (relatively speaking) during normal operations offsets the material decrease in productivity because people are more willing to work hard in cases where you need maximum productivity.


On other threads about Uber and SoFi I think they call that a "frathouse culture" which must be cleansed by fire.


> I think they call that a "frathouse culture" which must be cleansed by fire.

The culture needed varies based on the nature of the work.

What works in an office doesn't necessarily work on a jobsite and vise versa. Even then it varies by the nature of the job. The typical "condom full of acetylene" would probably not go over well in a workplace that specializes in something highly regulated.


Huh. I can have fun at work without telling dick jokes.


It generalizes to other jokes and behavior that would be seriously pushing it in a SV office workplace setting.


"Oh, Elon! I thought you were so manly!"




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