“How Can I Be As Great As Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Steve Jobs”: Elon Musk’s Ex-wife Has Answers


steve-jobs-musk-gates_56037Short Bytes: “How can I be as great as you?” – This question is often asked to great personalities who have achieved something fascinating in their lives. Justine Musk, an author and ex-wife of Elon Musk, has tried to answer this question and today I’m sharing it with you.

When we read the greatest success stories in the tech world – Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, Elon Musk and others – we find out that such “extreme success” comes at the cost of many other important things. Labeling obsession for something that fascinates you as the most important factor, Justine Musk has shared some great advice on Quora.

Justine Musk was married to Tesla, SpaceX, and PayPal founder Elon Musk for more than nine years. She is a writer with the contemporary fantasy novel BloodAngel as her notable work. In her answer, she writes that extreme success is different from ‘success’ and it demands compromises.

People who achieve great success are misfits and often labeled as freaks. Such people see things differently and unlock new ideas with their different perspectives. She writes:

Your odds of happiness are better that way. But if you’re extreme, you must be what you are, which means that happiness is more or less beside the point.

She suggests that if you’re not obsessed, then stop doing what you’re doing.

Be obsessed. Be obsessed. Be obsessed.

Asking the people to not pursue something just because they “want to be great”.

She writes:

Extreme people combine brilliance and talent with an *insane* work ethic, so if the work itself doesn’t drive you, you will burn out or fall by the wayside or your extreme competitors will crush you and make you cry. They do not fear failure — or they do, but they move ahead anyway.

Justine Musk on Quora

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Adarsh Verma

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