SpaceX, owned by Ilon Mask, promises to send space tourists into orbit as early as 2021. And few people doubt the success of these plans, because it is not without reason that Elon Musk, the heir to Steve Jobs and Leonardo da Vinci, simultaneously became the idol of young people all over the world: he realized the dreams of science fiction writers about electric cars and re-opens space to humanity. Today we will talk about the beginning of his path and how he became the most talented and sought-after engineer of our time.
Elon Musk was born on June 28, 1971 in the city of Pretoria, South Africa. Nothing betrayed the future genius in him: the boy grew up withdrawn, for a long time immersed in his thoughts and almost did not communicate with anyone.
But I loved books: over the weekend I read two or three pieces, and by the age of 8 I studied the entire British Encyclopedia. At 10, Ilon had already independently programmed and designed rockets. Peers did not like the know-it-all Mask: they lowered him from the stairs, and once even broke their nose.
When I was a child, I wondered – what is the meaning of life, why are we here, why is this all? Then I came to the conclusion that the main thing is to ask the right questions. And the higher the consciousness of mankind is, the more correct the questions will be.
At age 12, Elon Musk created his first computer game, where it was necessary to shoot aliens from a laser gun, and sold it for $ 500. He invested the money he earned in stocks, and went to Canada on dividends from them.
The first time in Canada, Musk lived with relatives and interrupted casual work. Then he entered the Royal University in Kingston, and soon transferred to the University of Pennsylvania (USA). There he studied physics and economics.
After graduation, Ilon decided to get a PhD from Stanford University, but left on the second day of study. The mask captured the business!
Many children at school wonder what they are doing there. I think if you have answers to these “why” and “why”, you can perfectly motivate children. In this case, they will see the target.
Entrepreneurial path Ilona Mask can not be called easy. Several times his companies were on the brink of ruin, and rockets exploded without even taking off. But he overcame all difficulties and continues to set ambitious goals. For example, build an interplanetary transport system and fly to Mars.
Today, Elon Musk is:
Founder, CEO and Chief Engineer of SpaceX;
Tesla CEO and CEO
co-founder of a major electronic payment system PayPal;
Member of the Board of Directors of SolarCity Energy Company.
His fortune totals about 21 billion dollars, and he actively spends money on charity. For example, in 2015, Musk donated $ 10 million to the Institute for the Future of Humanity.
It is better to approach the creation of the company from the point of view of the question “What useful things are missing in our world?”. It’s not enough just to become an entrepreneur to make money.