Elon Musk is a business magnate. Founder, CEO, and chief engineer of Space X. CEO and product architect of Tesla. Founder of the boring company and the co-founder of Neuralink, OpenAL, and Zip2. Elon musk is also considered the richest person in the world. Elon musk was born in 1971 in South Africa and raised in Pretoria capital city of South Africa. Elon musk was like a bookworm and really interested in computers. He prefers books than friends. He spent more time reading books.
“I was raised by books, books, and then my parents”.
Elon lived with both of his parents in South Africa until the age of 8. Elon was most lived under the watch of a housekeeper. Elon musk said that housekeeper was there just to see that I didn’t break anything. In 1980 his parents got divorced and he decided to move with his father. Musk has a younger brother Kimbal and also a younger sister Tosca. Then after he realizes that move with his father is a good idea.
In his one interview, he talks about his childhood and father's that his father is emotionally abusive and tough on his children.
“He was such a terrible human being. My dad will have carefully thought out plan of evil. He will plan evil”.
Elon's father is verbally abusive to him. His father didn’t believe that Elon can do anything and be a success in his life.
“You have no idea about how bad. Almost every crime you can possibly think of he has done. Almost every evil thing you could possibly think of he has done”.
At the age of 10, he developed an interest in computers with commodore VIC-20. He learned computer programming and at the age of 12, he sell the code of video game Elon created called blaster to pc and office technology magazine. This video game is almost 500 dollars. Elon musk is also bullied at school. Musk is bullied throughout his childhood. Once he was hospitalized after he was thrown grown a flight of stairs by a group of boys. He attended Waterkloof house preparatory school and Bryanston high school before graduating from Pretoria boys high school.
“They got my best friend to lure me out of hiding so they could beat me up and that hurt for some reason they decided that I was it and they were going to go after me non-stop that's what made growing up difficult for a number of years there was no respite you get chased around by gangs at school who tried to beat the hell out of me and then I'd come home and it would be just as awful there as well”.
After graduating from Pretoria high school he applied for a Canadian passport through his Canadian mother. While waiting for documentation musk he attended the university. Then Elon left his home and migrated to Canada. In 1989 he first move to his mother's relatives in Canada. Then musk attended Canadian citizenship and move to Montreal and instead of staying in a hotel. He then travels to live with his second cousin in Saskatchewan. He stayed there for one year and while stayed he do low-paid jobs. At the age of 19 in 1990, he entered the queen university in Kingston Ontario. Later he transferred to the University of Pennsylvania. Then he got a scholarship. He completes his Bachelor of Science degree in physics degree in physics and he also achieves a degree in economics from the Wharton school. In 1995 musk move to Stanford University in California to do a Ph.D. in material science. Elon musk try to get a job at Netscape but he didn’t receive any response to his inquiries. He dropped Stanford after two days. After dropping out of Stanford Elon and his brother borrowed 28000 dollars from his father. With this money, they launch a software company called Zip2. For this purpose, they rented a small office in Palo Alto. They developed the online city guide for the newspapers publishing industry with help of direction maps and yellow pages. This company make a contract with The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune and persuaded the board of directors to abandon the plans for a merger with CitySearch.
In 1999 Zip2 is acquired by Compaq for 307 million dollars. Elon musk co-founded the online bank which is X.com in the same year it is merged with confinity. In 2000 it is merged with PayPal. In October 2002 the PayPal is sold to eBay for 1.5 million dollars. In 2002 he founded Space Exploring Technologies or Space X it is space Transport Company and he is the CEO and CTO of this company. He joined the electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla Motors as a chairman and product architect. In 2006 he helped created a solar city this company is a provider of solar energy later this company is acquired by Tesla and it became Tesla energy. In 2008 he become the CEO of Tesla Motors. He took a huge risk with his money as he invested all of them in both of his new companies he said that he had to borrow money for rent one of them was Tesla Motors and the second was SpaceX.
“Persistence is very important. You should not give up unless you are forced to give up”.
In 2010 Tesla Motors become the second car manufacturing company in US history. In December 2015 Elon musk founded the OpenAL a nonprofit artificial intelligence (AL) Research Company. Elon's aim was to develop artificial general intelligence that is safe and beneficial for humanity. In 2016 he co-founded Neuralink a neurotechnology company focused on developing brain-computer interfaces and later he founded The Boring Company. This is a tunnel construction company. During his journey, the most important and valuable lesson that he learned and still follows is that:
“The most difficult thing in life will be to come up with the right questions”.
“People work better when they know what the goal is and why. It is important that people look forward to coming to work in the morning and enjoy working”.
“I think it is possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary”.
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