Elon Musk and Bill Gates have been having a little spat. However, two of the world's richest men are rather similar, apparently.
Of course, it's understandable why there'd be some sort of rivalry between them. Gates is still a business titan, but Musk is probably today's most notable tycoon, whether it's his immense fortune, plans to buy Twitter or space-faring expeditions and technology.
It does appear the pair have a feud going on, after text messages were leaked in light of Musk's tweet showing a frosty conversation about Gates' short position with Tesla. But it turns out the pair are more similar than they thought.
Back in 2019, Musk, Gates and Twitter founder Jack Dorsey all took a personality test devised by billionaire Ray Dalio.
Dalio has described them all as 'shapers', meaning "someone who comes up with unique and valuable visions and builds them out beautifully, typically over the doubts and opposition of others," as per Inc.com.
With Shapers, "nothing is ever good enough, and they experience the gap between what is and what could be as both a tragedy and a source of unending motivation.”
The PrinciplesYou test was designed to help employees 'better understand their relationships with others' and provide the 'right guidance to help you achieve your goals'.
Dalio said: "Knowing how you think and how others you interact with think is critical in getting what you want in both your personal life and in work."
After completing the test, the results showed all three men to pick achieving their goal 'every time' over consideration for others. They also all showed an 'intense curiosity and a compulsive need to make sense of things'.
Dalio said: "In speaking with them and reviewing the questions that led to these ratings, it became clear: when faced with a choice between achieving their goal or pleasing (or not disappointing) others, they would choose achieving their goal every time."
He added: "They typically love to knock things around with other really smart people."
According to Dalio, entrepreneurs have "a wider range of vision than most people... either because they have that vision themselves or because they know how to get it from others who can see what they can’t.”
He said shapers are also "able to see both big pictures and granular details… whereas most people just see one or the other."
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