Peeping on others’ things is a very bad habit, but peeping on others’ libraries may result in another Elon Musk Success Story!
Yes, that Billionaire who owned more than 8 companies, started his first project at 12, the man who never get employed.
Had this very good habit, according to his father (Errol Musk) interview with Forbs.
“Where a lot of people would go to a great party and have a great time and drink and talk about all sorts of things like rugby or sport, you would find Elon had found the person’s library and was going through their books”.
A little boy was born in 1971 in Pretoria, South Africa, the older brother for 3 other children, to an electronic engineer father and model and nutritious mother.
His parents had divorced when he was 9, and he decided to live with his father and his old brother (Kimbal) in South Africa.
He attended the Private Waterkloof House Preparatory School and graduated from Pretoria Boys High School.
May childhood days are our best memories, but for Musk, they were the worst ones.
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As at this period, his classmates bullied him toughly, and once he was beaten until he blacked out and hospitalized.
“For some reason, they decided that I was it, and they were going to go after me nonstop. 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 me, and then I’d come home, and it would just be awful there as well.” Elone Musk
Since then Musk decided to have a super bright future instead of these ugly childhood memories, pushing himself more towards books and reading.
Not any topics grabbed Musk to read about or to study, but books about technology and space were the best to attract him to dig more especially Rockets.
When they got Commodore VIC-20, which is an inexpensive home computer, this encouraged Musk to teach himself programming.
As he saw the hope in these sciences and had a vision of using them in making inventions that help humanity to be better.
At the age of 12, our most important achievement was to pass exams and making new friends, but Musk’s most one was creating his first video game “Blastar” in 1983.Source: Business Insider
Which was inspired by a Japanese arcade game which was released in 1978 called “Space Invaders“.
Later he sold his game to a computer magazine called PC and office technology for 500$.
After graduating from High School, it’s time to join the South African military, which was obligatory duty at this time.
To escape this fact, he travelled to his Mom in Canada with his brother Kimbal and his sister Tosca, where they get Canadian citizenship there.
Musk enrolled in Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and studied there for 2 years.
Then he moved to the United States to complete his studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
While studying there he started his first unintended entrepreneurial experiment.
By renting a 10-bedroom fraternity house with his colleague to open later it as a night club.
At the age of 20s you may get married, graduated and looking for a job or even taking a long vacation abroad to enjoy a Tropical drink on the beach!
But this man was graduated with two bachelor degrees!
The first with Science in Physics from Pennsylvania University and the second was in Economics from Wharton School.
At the age of 24, our nonstop learner Musk, travelled to California to take his PhD at Stanford University, but that time was the start of internet booming.
The first thing to pop up in your mind, great news! it will help him studying better and easier to get his bachelor at Stanford University faster.
But do you think that Musk will miss such a chance without doing something extraordinary?
For these thoughts, Musk has bad news and another good one for you.
First Let me tell you the bad one, that he left Stanford University after only 2 days and never made a comeback.
Also when he applied on a job in Netscape – a company that provides online open softwares – They rejected him.
But the good news, that he associated his first company Zip2 in 1995, with his brother Kimbal.
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Zip2, is a software web, presents an online city guide to newspapers, like the New York Times and Chicago Tribune.
In the beginning, business corporations totally refused Zip2 as a concept, as they thought that the internet was nothing important to consider.
Until they get a 28,000$ fund from Silicon Valley – which is the home of the biggest technology corporation in the world like Apple, Facebook and Google and it’s located in California.
At this time Musk and his brother worked super hard and couldn’t rent an apartment to even live in.
As in one of Musk’s speeches he mentioned that they used to sleep in the office.
Also Getting shower at YMCA local gym and living only on 1$ a day, according to his speech at USC Marshall School for business.
Later, Compaq – a company specialized in developing, selling and supporting computers, presenting other related services and products – bought Zip2.
Compaq bought it with 341 Million dollars and Musk’s share of it was 22 Million dollars.
This amount of money was pretty enough to make him resign entrepreneurial life, stop innovation and living a luxurious life.
But Instead of that, Musk had another vision to enhance banking future through X.com.