Full text of author Justine Musk’s talk: Visionaries are People Who Can See in the Dark at TEDxUIUC conference. In this talk, Justine breaks down the ingredients of what it takes to change the world.
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Justine Musk – Author, and former wife of Elon Musk
I also wish that I was walking out with a boombox but I just have water, which I’m going to take a sip right now.
So, I have five kids; twins and triplets. Yeah, I know, all boys. Yeah, and no multiples do not run in my family and yes, it was IVF. So, just get that on the table.
But over the course of last years, I hear myself saying pretty typical mom things like ‘please take the light sabers off the dinner table’. Yeah, you know, I would prefer it if you did not eat your brother’s head, and the dog is not a rocket so no, you do not have permission to launch him.
But the other day, I heard myself say ‘yes, why? Yes, you may watch that episode of The Simpsons that they made about your dad’ because the man in question their father, you know, my ex-husband or as I sometimes like to think of him, my baby daddy, so is the visionary entrepreneur… sorry I’m nervous, is a visionary Elon Musk of Tesla and SpaceX.
I met him when I was 18, he was 19. We were at college. He would call me up. He always had classical music playing in the background and he would ask me out and I would say no. And he would call me up again and he would ask me out and I would say no, and it went on like this until we ended up living together in an apartment in the Bay Area, which we shared with three roommates and a miniature dachshund, who was not house trained.