“I think it’s possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary.”
These are some very important words, said by one of the smartest, richest people on this planet- Mr Elon Musk. This is a name that isn’t unfamiliar to anyone, in any corner of the world today. He is an engineer, entrepreneur and industrial designer.
Elon Musk was born on 28th of June, 1971, in Pretoria, South Africa. He is the oldest of three children in his family. Musk was always imaginative and tech-savvy, right since childhood. His parents separated when he was very young. Musk loved reading and would spend most of his time scrounging through books.
At the mere age of 10, Elon was introduced to computers. By the age of 12, he had already learnt how to program! He created a game called Blaster to Spectravideo for a sum of 500 dollars.
As a young boy, Musk had to face a lot of bullying. He had no other respite, apart from technology. The technology was his driving force, his escape. When Musk was 17, he moved to Canada.
He then moved to the USA and graduated with two degrees, a Bachelor’s of Science Physics as well as a Bachelor’s of Arts in Economics. When he was 24, he pursued his PhD in Applied Physics from Stanford University. However, he left the PhD program after just two days. He had ideas booming inside his head.
In 1995, Musk started a company called Zip2 along with his brother, However, this business failed and got bought out. With the money he received, he merged with another company called Confinity, in order to form what we know today as PayPal. This company was then bought out by eBay. He had faced failure multiple times. Life had knocked him out, but he did not give up on his ideas. He had faith in himself and continued to work on his endeavours.
Then, Musk founded his third company, SpaceX, with the objective of building spacecraft for commercial space travel. This was his Eureka Moment. His life took a 180-degree turn after the establishment of this company. Though this moment came later in his life, it was worth the wait. By 2008, this company was well established and had signed contracts with NASA as well. In 2012, this company made history by sending their Falcon 9 rocket into space.
Elon also is the CEO and co-founder of Tesla Motors. This automobile company has also become very successful and are one of the largest producers of vehicles in the USA.
Today, Elon Musk is one of the richest people in the world. His net worth is estimated to be about 6090 crore US dollars. His story motivates us and reminds us not to give up on our dreams because it is never too late to become successful.