Written by Ashlee Vance. The first thing I would like to point out, is that plenty of journalists had proposed to write Elon’s biography but he serially shut them down. Ashlee persisted after the initial shut down, and proceeded to interview ex-employees and other contacts. Elon liked this persistence, and eventually decided to meet with her once a month to include any footnotes of explainers of the book. This gives you a glimpse of Elon’s value and belief sytem – he endorses hard work and persistence.
Growing up, Musk was geeky and faced ridicule from classmates in South Africa.