If you are an active Instagram user or reads news, you probably would have heard about Elon Musk by now. Elon Musk is the owner of Tesla, Space-x and many other companies and he is multi-billionaire. His success story is truly inspirational and can help us to motivate ourselves and influence ourselves to become better working professional. So, we here, at careerguide.com, are going to discuss about Elon Musk and his story to inspire ourselves.
Elon Musk was born to Maye Musk and Errol Musk. His mother, Maye is still a model and his father Errol was a south African born electromechanical engineer, sailor and pilot. Elon is the eldest having younger brother and sister. Elon had a brilliant mindset from his starting days in childhood. By the mere age of 10, he started learning the basics of computing. And surprisingly at the age of 12, he developed a game Blaster and even sold it for 500 hundred dollars.
He was influenced by Isaac Asimov’s “Foundation” very much and believed that everyone should try to take set of actions that are likely to prolong civilizations and minimize the probability of a dark age if it exist. He had a rough childhood as the school gangs always hunted him down. So, he learned karate, judo and wrestling and blew them off. He also faced the divorce of his parents and got demotivated by his father. He always called him an idiot and said he could never make it.
But he moved on and went to Canada to study at Queens university. Later he studied business, economics and physics. Later after graduating, he enrolled at Stanford University but after two days, he dropped out. Luck was with him as his move to California timed perfectly with the internet boom in the late 1990s.
Starting up with career
He started a tech startup with his brother Minbal called ZIP2. His start-up was successful and in a matter of 4 years, his company was sold to Compaq for 307 million dollars and 34 million dollars in stock. Having a 7% share, at the age of 24, Elon made 22 million dollars. Later, ideas in his mind started to pop up and he created a website x. com, to transfer money online through the mail. After a year, he merged this company with Confinity and they renamed the company PayPal, which is now extremely famous to transfer or receive money. Think of PayPal as Paytm just for the foreign countries.
But later he faced hardships as he was pushed out of his CEO position due to internal disagreements. But he made it through and it got better for him as Ebay later acquired PayPal for 1.5 billion dollars in stocks. Being the highest share holder of the company, 11%, he made around 165 million dollars. Later he decided to pursue another venture closer to his heart.
He started Space-X. Space-X was awarded a contract for cargo transportation to ISS by NASA and they fulfilled that in 2012, making history by being first every private company to send rocket to the ISS. Elon was unstoppable after them. He launched multiple rockets including Falcon and became a lot more famous after live-streaming the event of his rocket launch and releasing a car(tesla) in earth’s orbit. Also, He has a dream to colonize Mars and following that dream, he started Space-X. He is successful because he gets things done. After setting up Space-X,
one year later in 2003, Elon Musk set his eyes on the motor industry and started Tesla Motors. He took the chair of CEO in 2008 and borrowed around half a billion dollars, his big risk. Tesla revolutionized the entire electrical car industry by launching their electrical cars. He recently launched a electric truck too.
He is a marketing genius. He promoted his companies in his own ways and was successful by that. Also, He connected with people and remains relatable to the new generation. He has done some things which can’t be written on this site, but it certainly earned him fame and understanding of the youth. Every working youth professional now looks up to Elon Musk and wants to become like him. He had his share of problems but he rose above them all and stood up like an entrepreneur.
He had a vision and he followed it. His dream to colonize Mars started all these crazy ideas and I pray that his dream would be successful. He runs the biggest private space organization and for that, he had his share of problems and risks. Also, He has a plan to save humanity and wants to push his green form technological ideas to up and above. He has proved himself every time and will always do. An interesting detail about him is that he is associated with various AI companies but he strongly opposes the hyper-intelligent AI and fears of the uprising of the robotic mind.
So, above was the success story of Elon Musk. He is an inspiration for all and will always motivate working professional whilst being relatable with them. Hope that it was of some help. Best of Luck!!!