In the 2015 book ‘Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future’ author Ashlee Vance used an anecdote that has just popped up in the news again. The story revolves around Elon Musk and his assistant of 12 years, Mary Beth Brown.
Feeling that she was entitled to a raise after 12 years, the story goes that she came to Elon to ask for the raise and instead of granting it he told her that he’d be taking over her job for 2 weeks as a test to see if Mary Beth Brown was indispensable as his assistant, and thus deserving of the raise. When the two weeks were up she was offered a position elsewhere in the company but would never be Elon Musk’s assistant again.
This is a cold, hard lesson of knowing your value in the workplace, but it’s also an anecdote that Elon Musk took to Twitter last night to pick apart. He never explicitly says ‘that didn’t happen’ but instead chooses to attack the overall credibility of the book because of minor factual errors. Regardless, it’s interesting to see that this is something that has Elon Musk really riled up:
He takes a two-hour break and then gets back to tweeting:
I guess Business Insider should’ve included a ‘trigger warning’ in their article for Elon Musk? Some Jimmies were definitely rustled. You don’t often see billionaires spending their evenings complaining on Twitter. Well, you don’t often see billionaires who aren’t currently on vacation playing golf in New Jersey spending their evenings complaining on Twitter…I can’t help but wonder what it is about this story that gets Elon Musk so riled up?