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A Woman Makes a Plan: Advice for a Lifetime of Adventure, Beauty, and Success Hardcover – Illustrated, December 31, 2019
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"Warm, honest and true—A Woman Makes A Plan is full of insight as well as a good dose of humor, offering readers a lifetime of hard-won advice. Maye Musk is a woman In Charge who knows life is full of surprises, and owns it all!”
─Diane Von Furstenberg
"Stunning beauty Maye Musk is living proof that a healthy diet is the foundation for a fun vibrant, active, energetic life.”
About the Author
- Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
- Hardcover : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1984878506
- ISBN-13 : 978-1984878502
- Product Dimensions : 5.37 x 0.93 x 8.12 inches
- Publisher : Viking; Illustrated Edition (December 31, 2019)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #22,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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To look at her you would never think that she had any adversity in her life but she had more than most.
I enjoy reading about strong women and love her humor too! ❤️
Here are just a few of her credentials:
Registered Dietician with double Masters’ Degrees
Former Chair of Consulting Dieticians of Ontario and Past President of Consulting Dieticians of Canada
Domestic abuse survivor
Raised her three children as a single mother with little income
Mother of Elon Musk, Tesla and space entrepreneur , Kimbal who owns a chain of restaurants, and daughter Tosca, a producer of romance movies.
Born in Canada, Maye moved with her parents and siblings, including a twin sister, to South Africa when the children were very young. They lived an adventurous life including annual camping trips across the desert in search of a lost city. While attending university in South Africa, she was talked into entering a beauty contest. The prize for the winner included introductory modeling lessons. This exposure gave her not only the confidence to pursue modeling as a second, part-time job, but provided extra income needed throughout her life.
Pressured into an early marriage with a man she suspected would not make a good husband, she produced three children in three years. Her husband turned out to be controlling and abusive. After suffering at his hands for several years she finally managed to extricate herself from the marriage but never felt truly free until she moved back to Canada where her children wanted to pursue their education.
It’s easy to assume someone who looks like Maye Musk was always slim, beautiful and affluent. This was certainly not the case. At one time she weighed 205 lbs. and more often than not she was broke trying to raise her children herself. But, as they say, those experiences that don’t destroy us can serve to make us stronger and Musk is happy to share what she’s learned along the way. She’s worked hard to create the life she now enjoys.
In fact, Maye and I share a lot of the same philosophical ideas:
Do not stay in a toxic situation. It’s not easy to get out, but make a plan and make it happen. “No matter how hard it is, you have to get through it. You have to get out.”
Ask for what you want. “Some women can be shy, or lacking in confidence, or scared of rejection, so they don’t want to ask for what they want. Men don’t seem to have that problem. They think they’re fabulous and deserve a better job, a raise, more benefits, the corner office with windows, even if they’re obnoxious and incompetent. We’ve seen that way too often.”
Remove food triggers from your kitchen. When there are no cookies or candies in your pantry, then you can’t binge.
You don’t have to be stylish to dress well. You just need a stylish friend (to help and advise you).
Networking is essential in business and your personal life in order to grow.
Getting older is a good thing. “Every decade of my life has been better than the last.”
My only complaint with Maye Musk’s book is that it was too brief. Her story is amazing and I wish she’d shared even more of her experiences and advice. I highly recommend A Woman Makes A Plan. I’d rate it 8 out 10 and only wish there’d been more content and more pictures.
The basic lesson of this autobiography is as simple and easy to understand as the crisp and clear writing style: Always strive to be your best at what you do best and follow that through to the end, no matter the time, age or place. If it doesn't work, be rational and change the environment to follow through to the end, at which point there is a new beginnning. In the process, one might even have a son like Elon whose two main pieces of advice in the book are the most genuine and touching I have read in a long time!
Some doubt was shed on this strategy when the author (at the time when logically given what she had endured) collapsed and could no longer even pay her rent, she received a windfall of money from her son's sale of Zip2, which happens to have occured at the same time as the author's financial crisis! Throughout the book however the author is very credible, mostly because her account of her beginnings in the South African extreme male dominated culture is well enunciated and psychologicall credible. It is therefore not hard to believe that the author could have pulled herself back up even without the sale of Zip2.
Finally, the author is stoic and brutally honest with herself and in this sense, still very much a survivor of her original South African culture, as well as a real lady. One wishes that she would have met a therapist who could have dislodged those bolts of warped hatred that the lunatic Musk hammered into her, serving to distort and destroy the subsequent relationships! Then she could have been even more of an "elite athlete" - since the sky is the limit, as the author has recognized only too well!
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In terms of the book quality, condition was new, no complaints