I read an article today about entrepreneur/rockstar/innovator Elon Musk and his approach. This is what he had to say about the philosophy that sparked ventures such as SpaceX and Tesla Motors.
“The normal way we conduct our lives is we reason by analogy. We are doing this because it’s like something else that was done, or it is like what other people are doing. [With first principles] you boil things down to the most fundamental truths … and then reason up from there.”