Musk to employee: "I am extremely disappointed" you chose to attend your child's birth instead of attending a boring-ass work event.
Elon Musk isn't going to change the world if you have to miss Pizza Fridays to take care of your dumb kid. (via Getty Images)
Elon Musk is a visionary. Just ask him. Like all true visionaries, Musk is also a maniac who has no idea that other people have priorities in life besides Elon Musk.
Author Ashlee Vance's new book Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future details Musk's life from South African squalor to Silicon Valley splendor. How does someone become one of the world's foremost tech thinkers? Like many of the greats before him, Musk scolds regular human beings for having regular human lives.
Ryan Popple, one of Tesla's first employees and now its CEO, recounts Tesla's early days. When an employee complained of working too much, Musk would say of his staff, "They will get to see their families a lot when we go bankrupt."
Blaming your employees' love of family for the possible closure of your electro-car company is pretty slimy, but Musk can't be so Grinch-hearted that he would scold a Tesla employee for missing work to witness the birth of his child, can he?
Yes, he can. After missing some work event, probably an air-conditioned drone fest in a hotel ballroom, Musk reached out to the unnamed employee with what can only be described as the opposite of "Congratulations."
That is no excuse. I am extremely disappointed. You need to figure out where your priorities are. We're changing the world and changing history, and you either commit or you don't.
The upcoming book reveals a lot of Musk's quirks, including working 23 hours a day. Maybe an extra 6 hours of sleep might keep Elon Musk from innovating new ways of being a complete electric asshole.