For those who don’t know her, she is the mother of wealthy Elon Musk, but she is also an optimistic and adventurous woman with a glamorous past. Recognized internationally as a top model, this woman of strong character, the most determined, has also experienced dark episodes, including domestic violence. Looking back, May Musk shares her life lessons in her book today.
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We can say with confidence that May Musk, now 74 years old, is a wonderful woman who has succeeded in life. But this woman also experienced the most terrible trials, and this, according to her, shaped her character for decades.
From the very beginning, we notice when reading his book that his parents were different from the others. His father enjoyed flying in small planes and enjoyed traveling through the Kalahari Desert in Africa, taking his five children with him. As a young woman, May Musk loved to take risks, and that is what made her an ambitious woman who erected no boundaries or limits.
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“We could go on a desert trip for three weeks. My parents took risks, but it helped me get through the hard times. At a very young age, they made it clear to me that I should make a plan to improve my life,” she explains.
Born in Canada, in Regina, Saskatchewan, May Musk will move with her family to South Africa in a few years. It was here that she took her first steps as a model at the age of 15, after becoming a finalist in the Miss South Africa beauty pageant and becoming a nutritionist. In the same place, she will marry a South African engineer, from whom she will give birth to three children: Ilona, Kimbal and Tosca.
But May Musk will experience a few setbacks while trying to make a modeling career. Unable to support herself, she must return to nutrition after completing her master’s degree in nutrition after returning to Canada. She will have to wait until she is 60 for her career to take off.
“Even when you are rejected, you must never give up, you must continue to persevere and continue to look for work,” she emphasizes. “Also, you have to really love what you do. »
Living in South Africa with her husband and children, May Mask was repeatedly subjected to various insults from her husband. Verbal abuse, yes, but physical as well. “The biggest challenge of my life was running away from my husband with three small children,” says May Musk. “I was terrified, and I did not have self-confidence, I was a beggar, especially since my husband took all my savings. »
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It’s still amazing that a woman of this caliber could endure years of abuse from her husband. “The laws of the time in this part of the world did not favor divorce, even in situations of abuse,” recalls one who had to move many times and not be afraid to start everything from scratch. “I had to wait until the laws changed and women could divorce their husbands. It saved my life. »
If she realizes that life can be cruel, the now mature lady is wiser than ever and has learned her hard-learned lessons.
His great pride
While her career may turn many women green with envy, as she has appeared on the cover of several prestigious magazines including Time and has been the face of Dior, she doesn’t seem to get the hang of her vanity, which doesn’t stop her from showing off her age proudly by wearing gray hair. and pose in a bathing suit, sometimes even naked. However, when asked what she is most proud of, May Mask answers unequivocally. “My three children are my greatest pride,” she exclaims. They all do good things in life to make this world a better place.”
As we discover May Musk’s extraordinary journey, we also gain a better understanding of the journey of her son, multibillionaire Elon Musk, whom she describes as gifted from adolescence, able to memorize Encyclopedia Britannica in no time.
As for the various failures that life prepares for us, here is her philosophy, which she instilled in her children. “You can’t control everything that happens to you in life, but you can have the life you want at any age. You just need to have a plan,” concludes one who lives in New York today.
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Lessons for a lifetime
Editions by Thierry Succara