Everyone falls, everyone fails. Some people don’t get up after falling. Most people get up but don’t attempt anything substantial for the fear of failing. If you observe the lives of the most successful people in contemporary history, then you would notice one quintessential similarity. These people have failed time and again. They have risen from failure to succeed in existing or new ventures. Elon Musk is no exception in that sense but his life is truly inspiring.
1) Elon Musk is a South African by birth.
He was a voracious reader as a child. Once he had completed reading the books available in the library, he read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica. His engineer father and model mother got divorced when he was nine. He was bullied in school like every second guy and was even thrown down a staircase once. Not one to be deterred by the world around, Musk learned Basic in three days, a course that typically took six months for others. He created a video game called Blastar by the time he was twelve. He sold his game for five hundred bucks back in 1983.
2) His penchant for reading continued as he started seeking refuge in ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ to counter his existential crisis.
At the age of fifteen, he had decided that his mission in life was to save humanity. Soon after he becomes a Canadian citizen by the virtue of his Canadian mother and moves to Canada. He studies at an Ontario college while doing odd jobs and manages to win an internship at a local bank.
3) The young adult days of Elon Musk are a screenplay of twists and turns, if it had not been already.
He gets bummed out of the bank he was interning at because he used the coffee machine meant for the executives. He sells computers from his dorm room before moving to University of Pennsylvania where he majors in economics and physics. He gets a degree in economics from Wharton and then one in physics, works on video games and ultra-capacitors at the same time as an intern, starts his PhD in Stanford and then quits it in two days.
4) Musk goes on to set up Zip2, that he coded for himself, becomes the CEO of the company only to be demoted to CTO and eventually sells the company making $22 million.
Thereon, as they say, is history. From the founding of X.com and PayPal to SpaceX and Tesla, Elon Musk’s wish is to die on Mars but not on impact.