Elon Musk And Its Impact On The Planet

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Within every generation, there are some individuals who transcend expectations and seek to innovate beyond all preconceived boundaries. Elon Musk is one of those individuals, and he’s currently valued at $11.9 billion. But how did this South-African born entrepreneur make his way into virtually every technological industry on the planet? How did he become the space-traveling, futuristic car selling, loudmouthed computer genius we all know today? Elon Musk took an interest in computing and innovation from a very young age. By his thirteenth birthday, he had already taught himself programming, constructed a complex space-themed computer game, and sold it to a large corporation. After moving to the United States and earning a bachelor…show more content…
And if that wasn’t enough already, Musk refused to take a steady job at a company, but rather build his own. He completely ignored the fact that eight out of ten new businesses fail within their first five years (Forbes) - in other words, that the odds were not in his favor. But the notions of progress, innovation and wild success were so pivotally important to Musk that he truly felt that this was his calling. He and his brother Kimbal soon created Zip2, an Internet software product that allowed newspapers to create city guides for their readers. After four years of expansion, including contracts with The New York Times, Musk and his associates sold the company for a whopping $307 million. At just 28, he was already a millionaire on his way to defying even more odds and pursuing important goals. “I always invest my own money in the companies that I create. I don 't believe in the whole thing of just using other people 's money. I don 't think that 's right. I 'm not going to ask other people to invest in something if I 'm not prepared to do so myself.” Musk never half-committed or submitted to being unsure. After his success with Zip2, he invested virtually all of the money he had earned into his next venture, this time focusing on online payment services. While many questioned his logic, Musk subsequently succeeded in merging with a company who would
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