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This review is from: Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future (Audible Audio Edition)
The inspiring story of how one person can change the future of all mankind, and I don't say that lightly, but on the other hand, it seems to always be single individuals with a dream who bring out change. From Jesus to Bill Gates, from Steve Jobs, to Steve Bezos, and not to forget the contribution women make, we have Catherine the Great to Elizabeth the First who literally saved their nations, it's always the same, one person with a combination of passion, smarts and dedication to a goal, that make all the difference. If only we taught our children that fact instead of rewarding them for obeying society's sometimes petty rules, we might have more positive change as human beings.
Listening to Elon Musk's climb to the top of business world by wanting perfection from both himself and his employees, was so inspirational to me. With the money-men laughing at him, Mitt Romney comes to mind, calling Musk a loser during a presidential debate, when the only loser was Mitt himself, Musk purservered and built his spaceships and a car that redefined what a car is. A man who pushed himself and everyone around him to the brink of what they thought they could do, Musk is like one of those coaches who may scare his players to death, but in the end shows them that they can do much more than they ever believed.
Ashlee Vance did an excellent job of giving us a picture of Musk's world and the pressures he had to endure to succeed. Going up against both NASA and the big Three auto makers, Musk did the impossible and is making our lives better for it. Musk's vision is a clearer world starting with cars, and if that doesn't save the Earth, then he's working to send a rocket to Mars where we can escape the misguided abuse of our only home, Earth.
I have found that audio books work best for non-fiction. I've tried to listen to fiction books, but I like reading them better. Maybe it's all the podcasts and radio I've listened to over the years which is all non-fiction is the reason, but whatever the cause, it's too late now so I stick to non-fiction and Elon's story was a joy to listen to. I had no idea that Musk was responsible for so many innovations that we all now enjoy. I had no idea that his cousins had started Sun City, a company that will evaluate your house and tell you what solar can do for you, and then install it, which is brilliant because who knows how to install such a complicated system. Like Elon, they saw a need and filled it.
I highly recommend this fascinating look into a modern day genius. Just knowing such people exist and are working towards the good of mankind, gives me hope for the future, more hope than listening to the nightly news channels competing to tell us the worse new possible.