There are only a few people throughout recent history that we can honestly say have had a profound and lasting impact on our everyday life. Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Richard Branson, and Howard Hughes are just some of those people, and Elon Musk has become one of them. In the last twenty years, Musk has been instrumental in the development of online commerce (PayPal), private space exploration (SpaceX), and the mass production of sustainable electric power for transportation and household use (Tesla).
In a very entertaining and transparent biography, Ashlee Vance invites readers into the life of Elon Musk, who grew up in harsh conditions at home and school in South Africa, and who would become one of the most successful entrepreneurs of our time. The book covers his early childhood right up to the present day insanities of the daily life of a man who’s ultimate goal is to make humanity a multiplanetary species.
Although the life of Musk is not one I wish for, one thing I admire about him is his determination to find alternative ways around problems that most people believe are impossible to solve. Reading this biography has inspired me to not settle for status quo, but to see every problem as an opportunity for a new way of doing things. His vision for humanity is admirable and anyone interested in his perspective will find this biography helpful and challenging.