TL;DR: Highly recommended biography of Elon Musk. Dream big, follow your mission and execute. Money will come when you don’t chase it.
Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future is a massively popular bestseller that offers an insight into the life of the extraordinary Silicon Valley Tycoon Elon Musk. The book shares the entrepreneur’s rags to riches story and how he became a giant business magnate.
The author wrote this inspiring book after multiple interviews (40+ hours worth) with Musk and almost three hundred other people. The author describes how he started companies (Tesla Motors, PayPal and Solar City) and sparked innovation wherever he went. Through this book w come to understand how he changed the face of the American industry and defied the odds along the way.
The author addresses the modern day question and tries to find an answer through Musk. Vance asks him, in this age of cut-throat competition, is there a chance of a competition between the investors and the creators? The author deems Musk equivalent to legendary icons such as Thomas Edison and Steve Jobs. He believes that Musk is a modern day perfect combination of legendary investors and industrialists. The author salutes Musk for dedicating his energy and fortune to build a future that only visionaries can see. Musk, according to Vance, is a futurist of the prime age of science fiction fantasy.
Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future is a must-have for anyone interested in technology and entrepreneurship. The author carves out a beautiful image and unique personality of Musk. This book is loaded with quotations and anecdotes that describes who Musk really is.
The light and smart writing style of the author makes this book simply un-put-down-able. Vance gives Musk his due credit and at the end of the book, the reader will not feel the need to compare him to any of the legendary icons as he is truly in his own league.
The author writes this book brilliantly by updating us on green energy and space launches. Vance also paints an inspiring portrait of Musk, enabling us to clearly distinguish between his friends and enemies. The story is narrated simply, making it very easy for the reader to relate with the subject.
Vance explains that Musk traveled to the United States in 1992, with big dreams and no money in his pocket. Musk’s life has been tumultuous since his first day in the US. He faced disappointments and embraced successes, but most importantly he learned and used his experiences wisely and creatively.
Musk had to deal with a life-threatening case of Malaria and the death of his beloved son. If this was not enough, he was simultaneously pushed out of PayPal. Musk bid farewell to Silicon Valley after this incident and shifted to Los Angeles, where he recklessly spent his fortune on rocket ships and electric cars.
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