As an Elon Musk fan, I enjoyed reading this collection of quotes. I was a little disappointed that so many were redundant, but there were nonetheless some jewels. I recently read Musk’s biography by Ashlee Vance, which I highly recommend, and this book of quotes was a nice refresher, though there are many sides of Musk that weren’t reflected. He is far more complex than these would indicate. If you’re really interested in getting to know who and what he is and how he got there, I you need to read Vance’s biography.
Some of my favorite Musk characteristics are his “If you want something done right, do it yourself” philosophy and his “if you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem” management view. I was definitely impressed with the fact he’s the father of 5 boys, a set of twins and a set of triplets, for which he has shared custody with his former wife, and that he’ll take them to work with him. There’s also the matter of his indomitable spirit that kept him pressing forward in spite of various failures. Having been bullied to the point of hospitalization as a child, he has definitely risen above that, definitely demonstrating that “the best revenge is to live well.” None of this was covered by these quotes.
My personal opinion of Musk is that we need more people like him in this world of entitlement where so many are sitting around waiting for a handout or the world to come to them. He is the ultimate self-made man whose primary goal has not been money, but the good of the planet and humanity. While this quote book is a nice introduction, it barely scratches the surface of what he has accomplished and how, much less his very humanitarian motivation. The quotes included match the title and are nicely documented (which takes up nearly half of the book), but if you really want to learn about him, this is only a drop in the bucket.