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Visionary leaders are often brutally hard on themselves. Case in point: Tesla (TSLA) founder and CEO Elon Musk. 

In response to a question on Twitter Monday evening on when an all-wheel drive Model 3 would hit the road, Musk gave a frank answer. "Early next year," Musk replied. "To start with, we're making the simplest Model 3 first, like we did with S [Model]. Didn't do it with X [Model], because I was an idiot."

Given Tesla's ambitious delivery plans for the Model 3, keeping the car as simple as possible -- as Musk suggests -- may be the best strategy. 

The electric car company will begin to deliver the Model 3 to customers on July 1. Tesla plans to churn out 5,000 Model 3's per week before the end of this year, and 10,000 per week next year.

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Tesla shares have surged about 45% to $310.35 so far this year on expectations for a strong debut of the Model 3. But, the stock has mostly traded flat since May 3, when Musk acknowledged some "confusion" among consumers between the Model 3 and the Model S may be impacting sales trends. 

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Editor's Pick: Originally published May 23.