Elon Musk Is Sounding Very Unhappy and Assumes His Life Will Get Worse

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4. Musk is optimistic about Tesla but pessimistic about his own happiness.

“I thought the worst of it was over — I thought it was,” Musk told The Times, apparently referring to his personal life. “The worst is over from a Tesla operational standpoint.” He continued: “But from a personal pain standpoint, the worst is yet to come.”

5. It’s bad for your leadership brand when you have to tell people you weren’t high.

For many years, “420” has been fond counterculture shorthand for marijuana so, perhaps inevitably in this time of rapid marijuana legalization, some of the scrutiny on Musk’s tweet about taking Tesla private focused on his choice of price: $420 per share. Musk said he merely, and in his cosmic view prudently, rounded up a dollar from $419 when setting a 20 percent premium on the current share price.

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“It seemed like better karma at $420 than at $419,” he said in the interview. “But I was not on weed, to be clear. Weed is not helpful for productivity. There’s a reason for the word ‘stoned.’ You just sit there like a stone on weed.”

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