Elon Musk is a truly inspiring human being who we can all learn from!
South African born Elon Musk is the renowned entrepreneur and innovator behind PayPal, SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity. Musk wants to save our planet; he wants to send citizens into space, to form a colony on Mars; he wants to make money while doing these things; and he wants us all to know about it. He is the real-life inspiration for the Iron Man series of films starring Robert Downey Junior.
Wow! Elon Musk is truly inspiring – not sure there is anyone else like him. He shows that it is possible to make big changes and make them quickly (granted not as quickly as he would have liked). Not many people can say they have been heavily involved with 4 multi-billion dollar businesses! Most (auto)biographies are about people who have started just one successful company.
This book gives a deep insight into his troubled upbringing, his personality and his business ventures. The book is well written but does go into too much detail at some points which meant it got a bit boring at times. For example, there are parts which go into too much detail regarding the different rockets which could have been covered in a more punchy way.
Like other successful business people, he seems to have a hard and ruthless attitude. This is something that most people just don’t have. He’s not afraid of confrontation, which holds most people back from taking risks. It is clear that it would be a challenge to work with him directly and no-one would want to compete against him. There are multiple examples where he has openly criticised many different people inside and outside his companies. Below is one my favourite paragraphs from the book which really shows what he is like to work with.
My favourite paragraph from the book:
The below paragraph was taken from an email from Elon to all employees at SpaceX about the use of three letter acronyms:
“For example, there should be no “HTS” (horizontal test stand) or “VTS” (vertical test stand) designations for test stands. Those are particularly dumb, as they contain unnecessary words. A “Stand” at our test site is obviously a “test” stand. VTS-3 is four syllables compared to “Tripod”, which is two, so the bloody acronym version actually takes longer to say than the name!”
Is there anything that we can take from this book about Elon Musk?
Tough one! It could be argued that Elon Musk is so different from everyone else that trying to do something similar would not lead to the same outcome. I would argue that there are a few traits that everyone can learn from Elon Musk in order to be more successful. These are:
- Increase the speed of change – like most people, when looking to make a change we generally want to make lots of plans, talk to lots of people and get everything in order. Whilst this might be the right thing to do in some cases, it slows things down and zaps the energy out of everyone. In 80% of cases we can just get on with things. Seeing a change and the impact that change has made can be very motivational and make life more interesting.
- Have a clear vision – Elon Musk has a clear vision about electric cars and getting people to Mars. Everything is driven by this vision. It makes people want to join him to help achieve this. Clearly it needs to be a vision which is something other people will believe in and feel a change is needed. For my blog, I need to make my vision clearer. At the moment, my vision is to put books into action to become richer. I want to make it something that really helps everyone. My next blog is going to be about my new clearer vision and how MoneyBooks.blog is going to change the world! 🙂
Would I recommend this book?
Yes – My highest rated biography to date. Whilst not as gripping in terms of a story as Shoe Dog (Nike), the stuff the man has achieved is amazing. If you want inspiration to work hard and make a change to the world read this book! Buy it here, via Amazon.
Joy of reading = 7 (out of 10)
Thought provoking = 9 (out of 10)
Money making = 7 (out of 10)
Read again = Probably not this book but will read more books about Elon Musk in the future
Overall score = 7.72