Elon Musk is an engineer, business magnate, founder and CEO of multiple successful companies. He is the founder of SpaceX, co-founder and CEO of Tesla- companies which are currently redefining the way we live and are championing a revolution of a brighter future.
He is a South-African born investor and seen as one of the greatest engineers of modern history. His work ethics, productivity and dedication to his craft is clearly among the many reasons why Elon Reeve Musk is one of the most admired personalities on earth today.
His early days before the wealth and recognition describes a young man who had always aspired and aimed for greatness despite being confronted with life’s hitches. Regardless of his parents’ divorce and being constantly bullied throughout his childhood, Elon Musk taught himself computer programming and went further to fuel his desire for engineering and business by obtaining degrees in Physics and Economics in the University of Pennsylvania.
Involvement with SpaceX and Tesla
Being one of the richest and most influential people in the world, the life story of Elon Musk connotes a man who is resolute in championing a vision for a better world.
This vision of his led to the creation of SpaceX – an aerospace transportation services company which was founded in 2002 with the primary goal of reducing space transportation cost and enabling the colonisation of Mars. It is the first privately funded company to successfully launch and recover a spacecraft.
In February 2004, Musk joined Tesla’s board of directors as its chairman. Tesla is an American corporation that specialises in electric vehicles, energy storage and solar panel manufacturing. He assumed the position of CEO and product architect in 2008 and has been an active and instrumental member of the company’s success till date.
5 lessons from Elon Musk That will inspire you
1. There is no excuse.
When something is important enough, you do it even when the odds are not in your favour.
A lot of people dream of having a successful life, but the number of people who get out there and take the necessary action to make it happen is relatively slim.
Sometimes in the journey of life, there are no guideposts. All you’ve got are your intuitions and you should learn to trust them more often than not.
If you keep looking for reasons why your ideas might not pull through, you’ll find many. Excuses are never empty. But to live beyond average and set your goals on sail, you must learn to look past obstacles. If you’re truly hungry for success, you’ll definitely find a way to bring it about.
2. Giving up is not an option
I don’t ever give up… I’d have to be dead or completely incapacitated.
This is a mindset every champion out there have imprinted on the tablets of their hearts- The-never-give-up mentality. From athletes to entrepreneur; every successful individual have encountered series of failures and disappointments and Elon is no exception.
The journey to accomplishment is not a smooth ride, road bumps are bound to occur and you shouldn’t be least surprised when they do. When you feel like quitting, look to those who have accomplished what you desire and realise they went through the exact stuff (or probably worse stuff) that you’re experiencing.
Persistence and perseverance are what got them through and setbacks help you build these traits. When you fail, pick yourself up and keep moving.
3. Be optimistic
Life needs to be more than just solving problems every day. You need to wake up and be excited about the future.
If you’re gonna be thinking anyway, why not choose to think positive? It is more healthy and proffers limitless benefits.
A lot of people are still oblivious to how powerful the mind is in determining the quality of life a person can have. The current situation of your life is as a result of your most dominant thoughts and your future will greatly be determined by the thoughts you constantly replay in your head.
Most people choose to be pessimistic towards life because they feel it’s safer to expect the worse rather than be disappointed by expecting the best and it doesn’t show up. What these people don’t understand is that their pessimism is highly responsible for the majority of the disappointments they encounter.
Your life will never go contrary to your thoughts. If you want to experience better things happening to you, learn to expect it to. It costs you nothing to anticipate for the best. No one will jail you for being too positive.
4. Don’t take setbacks personally
Failure is an option here. If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough.
As Elon Musk has rightly pointed out, Failure could mean you’re doing something right. It means you’re putting in effort into something worthwhile rather than being like the majority who rather suck up to mediocrity and are too spooked to try something remotely outside their comfort zone.
The mindset of winners is that failure is an opportunity to learn, restrategize, improve and grow. A football team doesn’t stop competing in the league because it loses a major championship, rather the coaches and players go back to the drawing board and try to improve on their next game.
5. Work with people who share your visions
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.
This is probably one of the most important factors of success; the power of collective efforts. While individual efforts may create a spark, the power of collaborative efforts is limitless.
A recent research carried out by Google to discover the determining factor of business success revealed that team co-corporation and unity stands unwavering as number one. There’s no disputing this as Napoleon Hill had rightly revealed his in his book “Think and Grow Rich” and termed this factor as the “mastermind principle”
It is not usually the team with the most members that performs best, but the team with individuals who are willing to work together. Surround your with people who share your goals and visions, it makes your job much easier.
6. Take calculated risks
It’s okay to have your eggs in one basket as long as you control what happens to that basket.
Playing too safe certainly won’t get you farther than where you already are. To move up the ladder, you must overcome the fear of falling and take the necessary step on those stringers. Risks can never be taken away from success. Put yourself out there and give yourself permission to fail.
7. Nothing is impossible
The first step is to establish that anything is possible; then probability will occur.
No truer words have ever been said and no doubt it’s coming from a man who’s currently leaving it. Elon Musk has accomplished in these past years what over 100 years ago, it would be considered as magic.
The Digital Age offers a wide range of opportunities for anyone who is willing to take their chances at life.
8. Choose to live beyond your limits
I think it is possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary.
While you might not have been born from a reputable background, choosing to pursue excellence in everything you do, no matter how small, this will set you apart from the majority out there. Keep pushing yourself to the limit and never fall short to give your best to every task you do,
Motivator, self-improvement coach and founder of Geeflix.