Blogpost: “Elon Musk: A Magical Mind Changing The World”
“If something is important enough, even if the odds are against you, you should still do it.” – Elon Musk
In 2015, the unstoppable desire for tech innovation and improvement is stronger than ever with a growing need for faster, sleeker and more powerful everyday accessories and necessities. Despite this, very few entrepreneurs and inventors are stretching the limits – we think of Gates, Jobs and others of their kind as the final word in products and processes to change the world. While they have played their part beautifully, the new kid in town – who has been on the scene for quite some time – is Elon Musk, the co-founder of PayPal, head of both a rocket company and a corporation creating affordable electric cars for the masses and my biggest inspiration. This South-African born self-made millionaire is an inspiration to people all over the world, so what top two lessons can we learn from Elon Musk?
1. Educate yourself and collect the rewards
Elon Musk holds a degree in physics and economics and has been described by a former co-worker as “an exceptional freak of nature”. His passion for literature, particularly science fiction, and curiosity meant that this self-proclaimed nerd and engineer has taught himself everything from design to building rocket ships. By the age of 12, Musk had taught himself to write code and had created his own video game which ended up being the first product he sold. Where some are able to come up with ideas and decide what they want done, Musk has the ability to go that step further and build everything himself.
2. Keep moving
If you found yourself a millionaire at 28 years old, it would be easy to make the choice to give up the game and retire early, enjoying a life without work. This dynamic and charismatic CEO, however, sold his first company, Zip2, in 1999, walked away with $22 mil and instead of kicking back or even taking a break, Elon Musk co-founded X.com, a financial services company which later became PayPal. As if that wasn’t enough, after selling PayPal, Musk started SpaceX, a company who manufactures and develops space launch vehicles. As if this wasn’t enough, Musk then joined Tesla Motors and is now focused on delivering affordable electric cars and continuing to develop new models and features. At just age 41, Musk has achieved more in his lifetime than multiple other entrepreneurs put together.
Keep moving – there’s always another problem to solve!