Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future – Ashlee Vance

Here are my comments on the book:

How did Elon Musk become the man he is today? Ever since he was a child, he’s always been naturally curious about space and science fiction. He’d spend hours upon hours reading and learning all that he could  about. This is a man with an extraordinary vision and would never take no for an answer. Today he accomplishes more in 3 months than most people in a year. Points taken away from the book:

 

1. Know your priorities and double down on them. “At the time, Musk had just split from his second wife, the actress Talulah Riley, and was trying to calculate if he could mix a personal life into all of this. ‘I think the time allocated to the businesses and the kids is going fine,’ Musk said. ‘I would like to allocate more time to dating, though. I need to find a girlfriend. That’s why I need to carve out just a little more time. I think maybe even another five to ten – how much time does a woman want a week? Maybe ten hours? That’s kind of the minimum? I don’t know.'”

 

2. Keep asking yourself how badly you want what you want and act accordingly. “When Musk came into the meeting room where I’d been waiting, I noted how impressive it was for so many people to turn up on a Saturday. Musk saw the situation in a different light, complaining that fewer and fewer people had been working weekends of late. ‘We’ve grown f***ing soft,’ Musk replied. ‘I was just going to send out an e-mail. We’re f***ing soft.'”

 

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3. Set higher standards for yourself; you’ll never know what’s possible unless you try it out. “Elon’s computer arrived with five kilobytes of memory and a workbook on the BASIC programming language. ‘It was supposed to take like six months to get through all the lessons.’ Elon said. ‘I just got super OCD on it and stayed up for three days with no sleep and did the entire thing.'”

 

4. Pure hard work  and focus is what leads you to success. “‘He was the ability to work harder and endure more stress than anyone I’ve ever met,’ Gracias said. ‘What he went through in 2008 would have broken anyone else. He didn’t just survive. He kept working and stayed focused.'” That ability to stay focused in the midst of a crisis stands as one of Musk’s main advantages over other executives and competitors. ‘Most people who are under that sort of pressure fray,’ Gracias said. ‘Their decisions go bad. Elon gets hyperrational. He’s still able to make very clear, long-term decisions. The harder it gets, the better he gets. Anyone who saw what what he went through firsthand came away with more respect for the guy.

By Ryan Lee

 

My rating:
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