Crazy Read 2018 – Elon Musk


BOOK #15

Book Title:      Elon Musk

Author:            Ashlee Vance

Length:           359 Pages

Score:               10/10

What I Loved 

I bought this book as a joke thinking I needed to stretch myself outside my comfort zone and bought an autobiography.

One thing that has always intrigued me are titans in an industry that are considered crazy or insane yet have almost a cult like following.

I knew nothing about Elon other than having been in some Tesla stores with my husband.

Right away I was intrigued by his world, how he grew up, even just the first question on page 1: Do you think I am insane? – that he asked of the writer the first time they met – hooked me.

I’ve often struggled with feeling like an odd duck and feeling like an outsider in my own world and felt an instant connection to the crazy inside of him.

My favourite superhero character is IronMan, so I loved that Robert Downie junior based his character of Tony Stark on Elon Musk.

Well not being the most amazing boss, he’s amazing at hiring the right people to fill the right positions in his life… and is ok with that. He knows his strengths and weaknesses and how to fill the gaps.

The page I fell in love with him on is 211:

“He has 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 he went through firsthand came away with more respect for the guy. I’ve just never seen anything like his ability to take pain.”



What I didn’t love

For my non-science brain it felt like there was a lot of technical jargon.

Who I would recommend it to

Anyone wanting to breathe deeper, be challenged by quiet and want a quick read.

Would I read it again 

Yes! not on my yearly list but will for sure come back to it.

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