“If something is important enough, even if the odds are against you, you should still do it.”
This famous entrepreneur just turns everything that is trending into a business. Artificial Intelligent Bot, Self-Driving Electric Cars, Spaceship Ticket to Mars, Fastest means of Travel and what not. You name it and He “owns” it. How does he even manage to handle all this? So many companies and this person does not seem stressed out. Where does he get all the money from to invest in the companies that do not promise revenues? All these questions and a few more that are running in your mind will be answered below.
I assume you have little or no idea about this big man who is referred by the name, Elon Musk. Well, who the hell is Elon Musk? Most of us here, in India, heard his name when there were many talks about travelling to Mars. It was days since “The Martian” had come to box office and Elon Musk had already gained more popularity than Matt Damon. Ridley Scott portrayed life on Mars whereas Musk promised it.
Elon Musk is a tech giant himself. His greatest asset is his mind, his ability to make decisions, his restlessness to learn more, his curiosity to innovate and his denial to failure. There were millions in the market but he is not to be counted in those millions. He seems to be running a different race. His father, Errol Musk being an electromechanical engineer, pilot and sailor sure did light the bulb of thought in Elon’s mind.
Things were not that easy back then when Elon had just begun. Born on June 28, 1921 in Pretoria, South Africa, Elon Musk spent his early childhood brother Kimbal and sister Tosca. He was an introverted tech geek who had managed to get enough himself interested in Computers. Soon enough at the age of 10, he taught himself a programming language. At 12, he started selling his first space adventure game that he had created, Blastar. He was seventeen when he moved to Canada to attend Queen’s University. In 1992, he moved to University of Pennsylvania and graduated with a degree in Economics and another degree in Physics. In just two days after he had joined Stanford University to do a Ph.D in Energy Physics, he dropped out from college and went to start an online city guide, Zip2. Fortune did play its role. Internet had just come into the market with a bang and here, Elon had a company that allowed companies to post their information on the Internet. Compaq Computer Corporation bought Zip2 for $307 million in cash, being the biggest sum that was paid to an Internet company. With many more such ideas that were bought and sold, he turned rich.
He is a person of great expertise. He has the patience to listen to negative feedback. When he shows a new thing to his friends, he’d first ask them what they didn’t like about it. This helped him learn people well and constantly improve his products.
What does he aim to do?
He aims at grander innovations and challenges that are faced by the world at large and does not aim at making profits or making his companies big. Space exploration is an expensive affair. Transportation of goods to and fro the International Space Station is
an even more. Elon Musk started off by breaking the problems into tiny bits. He started off by thinking, “What is a rocket? What is it made of? Are the components expensive when bought individually? How hard would it be to assemble one? Can there be less expensive alternatives? What does it take to build one?” and then we saw the birth of SpaceX in 2002.
What does it take to be Elon Musk?
Hard work, Dedication and lots of Good Luck!
However, this does not work always. Here is what his ex-wife told, “You must be obsessed.”
“Extreme success is not like other kinds of success; what has worked for someone else, probably won’t work for you“
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