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There’s no substitute for sacrifice when it comes to success

By Kagure Gacheche | Published Wed, August 29th 2018 at 10:51, Updated August 29th 2018 at 10:54 GMT +3
Tesla’s founder, Elon Musk.

It turns out there’s no substitute for sacrifice when it comes to success.

Tesla’s founder, Elon Musk, is one of those entrepreneurs we love to hold up as a shining beacon of entrepreneurship. But then a couple of weeks ago, he shared his ‘price’ story – the cost he’s paid to be held up as an icon of space-defying innovation.

Musk revealed that the pressure to meet production deadlines has seen him work 120-hour weeks, which means he’s hustling about 17 hours a day. Every day.

And in an older interview, Ashlee Vance, who wrote a biography on Musk, said this of him: “This guy is committed on a level that is insane. He has no life on a lot of levels. He works all the time. He has burned through three marriages. He doesn’t get enough time with his kids. He doesn’t have anything like a normal existence.”

It makes you think. Musk’s success may be something a lot of us idolise, but is his life one we’d want?

And could insights into his price story make us rethink our definition of what it means to ‘make it’?

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