June 29, 2017
Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
Book by Ashlee Vance describes the exciting, moving, and ambitious like-no-other life of Elon Musk.
You get to follow along with Musk from his early childhood, his immigration to the States, his early business adventures and the grand challenges he has now taken on.
It’s amazing to see what kind of drive he has and how far he has come. The book reminds me of quotes about Jeff Bezos, of not being a great boss (e.g. not being nice), but of someone who has a singular vision and fights to make it happen.
Lately, there has been quite some criticism of Musk, he has acted strangely on Twitter and sometimes doesn’t seem to have it all together. On the one hand, it’s not great to see this, for a man running two billion dollar companies, to get lost in an online fight. On the other hand, it does show that he is human and very much flawed.
What I hope people take away from the book is that you need a strong conviction to make something happen. Yes, there is luck and timing involved, but many have failed where Musk succeeds.
So I put the question towards you (and myself), how will you have a large positive impact on this world?