Elon Reeve Musk – The Tireless Innovator

musk2Failure is an option here. If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough. -Elon Reeve Musk

Elon Reeve Musk has been curious and inquisitive throughout his whole life. Indeed, it's one of his best qualities that he always wants to both find out the answers and develop new questions to ask. He truly is willing to learn new knowledge and information, and furthermore always ready to implement that new knowledge in his career. To phrase this more briefly, we can learn a lot from the success story of Elon Musk.

Musk was born on June 28, 1971 in Pretoria, South Africa. Growing up, Musk loved making explosives and rockets. By the age of ten, he was reading eight to ten hours a day. Through trial and error, he taught himself how to program. At twelve years old, Musk developed Blastar, a science-fiction video game.

After high school, he chose not to join military service under Apartheid—as was expected of the other boys his age—and instead emigrated to Canada. He started studying at Queen’s University in 1989. While at Queen’s, he met his future wife, Justine Wilson. Musk and Justin were married in 2000 (they divorced in 2008). They have five children.

He left Queen’s in 1992, migrating to the University of Pennsylvania. Here, he double-majored in economics and physics. Musk was a student at California’s Stanford University for two days in 1995, where he had enrolled for graduate studies in applied physics. Before he even took a single course, however, he left to work in Internet technology, which was beginning to boom.

Musk founded Zip2 Corporation, an online map service and city guide. At the time, this was a big gamble, owing to the as-yet-unknown nature of the Web. To find clients, Musk sought out small newspapers. In the beginning, the business was small; he rented an office, where he slept on a futon, and showered at his local YMCA. He couldn't even afford the Internet. By 1999, Zip2 operated consumer websites for 200 companies. That same year, Musk founded X.com In 2000, X.com merged with Confinity, which owned PayPal. Musk is currently both the CEO and CTO (chief technology officer) of SpaceX.

In 2003, Musk co-founded Tesla Motors. Their Model S outsold cars by companies like Porsche, Lexus and Jaguar during the first six months of 2013. Musk took over as CEO of Tesla in 2008.

muskWith Adeo Ressi, a university friend, and Jim Cantrell, an aerospace consultant, he founded Life to Mars, which became SpaceX. SpaceX has the goal of building commercial spacecraft for civilian use. In 2012, SpaceX broke the record for the first time a private spacecraft went to the International Space Station. 

Musk is married to Talulah Riley, a British actress.

Musk’s story is a story not only of hard work and success, but also one about the importance of curiosity and trying to find the answers. If you put your efforts into finding the answers—for both new questions and old ones—you can learn more about yourself, learn more about the world, and even do great things which will ultimately shape with way the world works. In other words, there's no limit to how high you can dream; if you maintain your curiosity and seek ways to answer your questions, you will truly go far in life.

 Affirmation for today:

I boldly go in the direction of my dreams.