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BOTM: Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance

October 1, 2017

 

“The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads”

 

BOTM Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance. Second quickest read I had! I’ve always been curious of the life, relationships, and internal processes of Elon Musk. 99% of the time, what you see on TV is not what is happening in real life. His photographic memory allows him to compute and learn exponentially faster than anyone else. He does suffer the curse of knowledge, where he can’t understand why people don’t think and feel as strongly as he does about the future of our planet and humanity the same way he does. The truth is we are in trouble. We are stuck in this rut of groups: a group of people that care but aren’t doing anything about it, a group of people that generally don’t care and prefer to watch their favorite shows, and a group of people willing to sell their family for money (not naming any names of anyone in the white house) and finally a small group of people that care and doing something while fighting/convincing all these other groups of why it is important. Musk doesn’t aim to be a nice guy, he aims to make an impact. When so much is at stake it’s impossible to be both. He also goes to Burning Man.

 

This book is recommended to people simply interested in life of Elon Musk and interested in seeing what it takes to build a rocket company, while supporting an electric car and solar company. (Working 18 hour days plays a big part)

  

 

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