The Journey of any entrepreneur is quite interesting and there are a lot and a lot of learning throughout their journey.
This series is going to discuss some serious common factors behind the entrepreneur, their vision, and most importantly the TRANSFORMATION.
In this blog, will see about Elon Musk and his entrepreneur journey.
Elon Musk, (born June 28, 1971, in Pretoria, South Africa), a South African-born American entrepreneur who cofounded the electronic-payment firm PayPal and formed SpaceX, a maker of launch vehicles and spacecraft. He was also one of the first significant investors in, as well as chief executive officer of, the electric car manufacturer Tesla.
Elon Musk is a highly successful entrepreneur and founder of many innovative companies in futuristic technologies. This South African born American businessman increased his net worth by more than $100 billion dollars in the year 2020.
He is the real inspiration for the 2008 “Iron Man” film and he made a big list for his innovations in the field of space rockets, electric cars, and solar batteries, etc.
Elon Musk was declared the world’s second-richest person after he surpassed Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates. He was ranked 35th in the month of January 2020 and became 2nd richest in November 2020 mostly due to a 795% increase in Tesla shares.
Also, In May 2012, SpaceX launched a rocket that would send the first commercial vehicle to the International Space Station and Musk in the headlines throughout the world.
Did you all remember that? 🙂
Musk was born to a Canadian mother (Maye Musk) and a South African father (Errol Musk) and raised in South Africa. He displayed an early talent for computers and entrepreneurship.
At age 12 he created a video game called Blastar to Spectravideo for $500 and sold it to a computer magazine.
He displayed an early talent for computers and entrepreneurship. At age 12 he created a video game called Blastar to Spectravideo for $500 and sold it to a computer magazine.
He has a younger brother who was an early business partner of his, Kimbal (born 1972), and a younger sister, Tosca (born 1974), the CEO of the video streaming site Passionflix.
In 1988, after obtaining a Canadian passport, Musk left South Africa because he was unwilling to support apartheid through compulsory military service and because he sought the greater economic opportunities available in the United States.
Bullied as a child
In grade school, Musk was short, introverted, and bookish. He was bullied until he was 15 and went through a growth spurt and learned how to defend himself with karate and wrestling.
Musk’s intellectual aptitude did him few favors as a child. He found few friends in the tough-minded Afrikaner culture he encountered in school.
“I had a terrible upbringing. I had a lot of adversity growing up. One thing I worry about with my kids is they don’t face enough adversity,” he would later say in an interview.
Musk attended the English-speaking Waterkloof House Preparatory School, and later graduated from Pretoria Boys High School. The years were lonely and brutal, from his descriptions.
“They got my best friend to lure me out of hiding so they could beat me up. And that hurt,” Musk said. “For some reason, they decided that I was it, and they were going to go after me nonstop. That’s what made growing up difficult. For a number of years, there was no respite.
If there was a point of bright escape for Musk; it was technology. When he was only 10, he became acquainted with programming via the Commodore VIC-20, an inexpensive home computer.
Before long, he had become proficient enough to create Blastar – a video game in the style of Space-Invaders. He sold the BASIC code for the game to a magazine called PC and Office Technology for $500.
At age 17, in 1989, Musk moved to Canada to attend Queen’s University and avoid mandatory service in the South African military. Musk obtained his Canadian citizenship that year, in part because he felt it would be easier to obtain American citizenship via that path.
In 1992, Musk left Canada to study business and physics at the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated with an undergraduate degree in economics and stayed for a second bachelor’s degree in physics.
After leaving Penn, Musk headed to Stanford University in California to pursue a Ph.D. in energy physics. However, his move was timed perfectly with the Internet boom, and he dropped out of Stanford after just two days to become a part of it, launching his first company, Zip2 Corporation in 1995. Musk became a U.S. citizen in 2002.
In the next blog, will discover his business biography. This really going to be an interesting one! Stay excited 😃
Here, I just want to share the secret success formula that he used to say to his people and thought it may inspire you,
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