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You're not Going to be the next Steve Jobs, Oprah, or Beyonce
A few years ago, a college student posted the following question on Quora. How can I become great like Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, or Elon Musk? One of the people who answered the question was Justine Musk. She's one of the few people that has had an inside look into what it's like to be Elon Musk.

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