Want to be a billionaire? Elon Musk's ex explains how

Elon Musk: Tesla 90% autonomous in 2015
Elon Musk: Tesla 90% autonomous in 2015

Hard work and determination to be rich will not a billionaire make.

Justine Musk, the first wife to the Tesla (TSLA) CEO Elon Musk, didn't sugarcoat it for readers when she shared her thoughts on what it takes to be a billionaire.

Musk posted on Q&A site Quora in response to one user's question: "Will I become a billionaire if I am determined to be one and put in all the necessary work required?"

She responded abruptly: "No." Then expanded on that in 562-word post.

"One of the many qualities that separate self-made billionaires from the rest of us is their ability to ask the right questions. This is not the right question," wrote Musk, a Los Angeles based writer.

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Justine Musk, first wife of Elon Musk, was married to the billionaire Tesla CEO for eight years.

Justine and Elon Musk were married for eight years and divorced in 2008; they have five sons. Justine Musk is the author of three fantasy novels and a TEDx speaker. She did not respond Tuesday to requests for comment.

In her post, she added that the world isn't going to hurl money at a person just because the person feels deserving.

"Get deeply, intensely curious about what the world wants and needs," Musk wrote. "Ask yourself what you have the potential to offer that is so unique and compelling and helpful that no computer could replace you, no one could outsource you, no one could steal your product and make it better and then club you into oblivion (not literally)."

The post received over 385,000 views since it was originally posted on April 15.

Musk has since updated the post. ("Just to say: thank you, everybody, for the upvotes + the comments. I'm blown away -- and appreciative," she added to the top of the post.)

It is one of 12 Quora posts that Justine Musk has answered.

Earlier this month, she answered the question: "How can I be as great as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Richard Branson?"

The men in question have unconventional characteristics -- and that's partly responsible for driving them to become such successful entrepreneurs.

"One reason they become the entrepreneurs they become is because they can't or don't or won't fit into the structures and routines of corporate life," she wrote. "They are dyslexic, they are autistic, they have ADD, they are square pegs in round holes, they piss people off, get into arguments, rock the boat, laugh in the face of paperwork."

She adds that successful techies probably don't spend time reading Quora posts (though she admits that she herself loves to) or trolling the Web.

That post garnered 480,000 views.

"Each of those answers is among the most viewed answers in 2015," said Marc Bodnick, Quora's head of business and community.

According to Bodnick, Quora is focused on identifying quality content -- whether or not the individual behind the post is considered to be high-profile.

"Her answers have been perceived as very high quality, so we've given them tons of distribution, including on our feed and in digest e-mails," he added.

Other posts that Musk has weighed in on include: "Why do people worship other famous people" and "What is the purpose of striving to be 'elite.'"

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