A few days ago,a person from somewhere on the internet took to the Q&A site Quora and posed the question of greatness.
But the internet is a wondrous place, and this anonymous diviner of truth was soon being answered by none other than the former Mrs. Musk herself.
Justine Musk, a novelist who was married to real-life Bond villain Elon Musk for eight years and with whom she has five sons, has written a few things about life with Elon over the years, but popping up on Quora to just kibbutz about Dat Billionaire Life is something new.
Justine, who was publicly ditched for a twenty-something actress, is definitely given to painting an honest portrait of Elon.
But if you're extreme, you must be what you are, which means that happiness is more or less beside the point. These people tend to be freaks and misfits who were forced to experience the world in an unusually challenging way. They developed strategies to survive, and as they grow older they find ways to apply these strategies to other things, and create for themselves a distinct and powerful advantage. They don't think the way other people think. They see things from angles that unlock new ideas and insights. Other people consider them to be somewhat insane.
On this point, Justine really finds her voice and offers a very simple, insider-y bullet point on how to truly Musk it up.
So Justine Musk spent eight years married to a borderline insane obsessive and wants to help you understand that you should be one too...loser.
If you're not obsessed, then stop what you're doing and find whatever does obsess you.
But for a lady that was thrown over by a billionaire for a British ingenue, Justine is pretty fair to ole Musky. Even if married life with the man who reinvented the electric car and private space travel sounds more like a biopic directed by Martin Scorsese from a script by John Cassavetes.
It helps to have superhuman energy and stamina. If you are not blessed with godlike genetics, then make it a point to get into the best shape possible. There will be jet lag, mental fatigue, bouts of hard partying, loneliness, pointless meetings, major setbacks, family drama, issues with the Significant Other you rarely see, dark nights of the soul, people who bore and annoy you, little sleep, less sleep than that. Keep your body sharp to keep your mind sharp. It pays off.
Learn to handle a level of stress that would break most people.
But after her post went up, Justine found a moment to chat with Andrew Ross Sorkin and it seems that this whole thing might have been a huge misunderstanding.
Ms. Musk said the reaction to her posting was a surprise: “I had no idea it would blow up the way it did.” She has received hundreds of comments and many emails. Of course, most readers following Ms. Musk’s musings have been looking for hints about Mr. Musk himself.
She insisted that “I wasn’t specifically talking about Elon” and said she was “uneasy” that people might be reading too much into her words. Still, she said that “Elon is a fascinating character.”
Musk's second wife Talulah Riley - who is also technically his third wife - has yet to make an appearance on Quora. But based on their two marriages and rumored two divorces, it's fair to assume that she also finds him very intriguing.