It’s been two weeks since I finished reading this book. The book takes you through a wild ride in Musk land and I wanted to let the dust settle before writing about it. The book was inspiring, deeply humbling and sometimes humiliating – I felt like it was asking me what the heck are YOU doing with your life?
This guy, born in South Africa, who is twice divorced and has five kids, is running multiple companies, doing everything from making electric cars to launching rockets. And he is doing it better than hundred year old car companies and even NASA. And he is doing it in style!. He also wants to colonize Mars and stop “the Terminator” scenario from ever happening and I believe he’ll do it (only because I believe that if Steve Jobs and Tony Stark had a baby, it would be Elon Musk).
This book beautifully covers everything from what his grandparents and parents were like to his relationship with his father, wife, children and employees. Instead of putting Elon on a pedestal, Ashlee Vance has given due credit to all the co-founders and other key people who have made PayPal, Tesla and SpaceX possible. She has also perfectly captured his character, work ethic and flaws.
The book is a fairly easy read. But it gets a little bit geeky-technical at some parts where the problems faced by SpaceX or Tesla are described. But that’s to be expected – after all, it’s literally rocket-science.
When this year began, I had a vision of where I wanted to be before I turn 26. I am not the one who usually makes new year’s resolutions, mainly because I am phenomenally lazy. Seriously, I’m the laziest person I have ever met. I am a serial procrastinator. I work only about two hours a day and just barely enough to not get fired. Maybe subconsciously I’m an adrenaline junkie who gets high off of doing things in the last minute. I don’t know… bear with me, I am trying to figure this out myself.
My resolutions for this year was to get fit, learn to play some guitar, travel, read and write. So I started this blog and I like to think that I have improved my writing a little bit. I lost 7 kgs. I traveled solo to couple of places, read few books. The guitar part is where I’m stuck. It just takes so much time and effort!
I haven’t written anything in over two months. This is a countdown post to my birthday. I guess my adrenaline has just kicked in. I want to make 25 a memorable year for me. Right now its a frickin’ sine curve or maybe I have flatlined… I don’t know, I’m bad at math too. So, let me get back to dusting my guitar…
“When a person really desires something, all the universe conspires to help that person to realize his dream.”
Finally read this book. Now I know why this book is featured in almost all lists about inspirational or motivational books. Its the warm fuzzies. Reading the book kind of makes you feel young again and that everything is possible. The story follows the journey of a young shepherd on his way to Egypt, after he dreams about finding a treasure at the pyramids.
What I like about this book is how relatable it is. Some of the lines in the book and some exchanges between the characters are quite interesting – especially the ones about fear of losing what we have, fear of failure and about living in the present.
The writing feels a little bit weird and magical at the same time. I guess it would be much more beautiful if read in Portuguese, the original language it was written in. The book is a little bit overrated – there is no awe inspiring descriptions or detailed characters. But it is a book that talks about god, destiny, lots of philosophy and some psychology. It leaves you with positive thoughts and the world needs more books like this. I know that I do.
I just finished reading “The Girl Who Played with Fire” and wanted to add it to my collection on GoodReads. Going through the list of my already read books on the site, I noticed something shocking. Continue reading “An addiction to renew?”→
FBI Agents Stan Beeman and Dennis Aderholt stood fifty yards away with their eyes fixated on a man sitting on the park bench. Forty-five minutes and nobody had met with him. This was it – the day they would finally find the mole in the department who has been giving classified information to terrorists. Continue reading “The dead drop”→
We are all bound by invisible chains holding us, stopping us from doing anything. Our captors who hold the other end of our chain, stand in the way of our dreams. Each with their own agenda seem to yank us two steps back for every step that we take.
Then there comes the day we count the number of chains on our neck as we struggle to breath. There comes the day when we see who these captors are – Continue reading “Selfish”→
In a world filled with Fallons, Kimmels, Olivers and Colberts… Two best friends host a daily talk show on youtube, without celebrities *BAM* without a customary Donald Trump joke *WHOOSH* without the help of multi-billion dollar media companies *WHAM*… They set out to get ten million subscribers and two billion views by doing what they do best… Comedy. Continue reading “Why everybody should watch Good Mythical Morning”→