Review: Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future

This month’s audiobook was a biography and non other than Elon Musk’s. If you’re into tech or space you’ve heard the name. A man who went to the USA and created a revolution.

Before listing to the book I knew some things about Musk. Nothing deep though, I knew his big achievements both old and recent specially with SpaceX.

I did not imagine this book would go so far into Elon Musk’s life.

The book has its ups and downs. Personally I found a little boring when the author explains about his roots, perhaps in too much detail. I understand someone’s childhood is a very important time, and it’s necessary in a biography to explain where he comes from. Not only that but also to understand why is Musk the way he is.

For me, the most interesting parts are about SpaceX, the struggle and the vision of a future where mankind has become an interplanetary species. Even though, as the book explains, everything he’s done is connected somehow it looks like SpaceX is the most important for him.

Final thoughts

You don’t have to be an entrepreneur or run a company to read this. You don’t even have to be an engineer. This book will give you inside access to some of the most successful companies in the world. You’ll learn that only with hard work, lots of hard work, you’ll accomplish what at first might seem insane goals.

After reading how the employees at Tesla and SpaceX were burned to meet deadlines and objectives it did not make want to work there. I can understand people wanting to work around the clock and pulling all nighters when they are essentially changing the world. Personally, I like to work and have a life outside of it. Teach martial arts, play guitar, travel…

Read it, or even better, listen to the book. You’ll like it.

Ricard Torres

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