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Arianna Huffington's Advice Impossible, Says Elon Musk

She encourages frazzled CEO to work saner hours
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 19, 2018 4:35 PM CDT
Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk.   (AP Photo/Jack Plunkett, File)

(Newser) – Arianna Huffington is calling on Elon Musk to adopt a healthier work-life balance, but the Tesla CEO says that's not an option, per the AP. In a tweet early Sunday after arriving home from a late night at a Tesla factory, Musk told the Huffington Post founder that his electric car company and Ford are the only two American automakers that have avoided bankruptcy. He then added, in an apparent reference to his long hours at work: "You think this is an option. It is not." Musk was responding to an open letter from Huffington on Friday in which she called on him to change the way he works so he can ensure he's taking more time to "refuel and recharge."

Musk conceded in a wide-ranging interview with the New York Times last week that he's overwhelmed by job stress, has been working up to 120 hours a week, and sometimes takes Ambien to get to sleep. In her open letter, which referenced Musk's interview with the Times, Huffington urged Musk to ease up on the long hours at work. "Working 120-hour weeks doesn't leverage your unique qualities, it wastes them," she wrote on her wellness website, Thrive Global. "You can't simply power through—that's just not how our bodies and our brains work."

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