It is often quoted that “where there is will, there’s a way.” Mankind has been obsessed with the concept of life beyond this world since time immemorial. Years down the line since the world was first introduced to the movie “ET” by Steven Spielberg, our interest about space has grown manifolds. Nobody thought of working on it but one man had a daring dream – Elon Musk.
Born in a conservative family, Elon was forced to have an ear surgery when he was a kid because his parents thought he was deaf! He grew up to be an extremely shy kid – one who seeks an escape route from the real world to embrace the world of science fiction. Growing up, he was constantly bullied as a kid for being an introvert at school.
Elon Musk knew right away where his interest lies – science and outer space. He voraciously read up everything he found. And this is when he was introduced to the book which changed his life – “The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy.” This book predominantly supplied him with the interest in Space and technology.
At the tender age of 17, Elon decided to step out of his comfort zone and go out there and face the real world. He shifted from South Africa to Canada for chasing his dreams. But the journey wasn’t smooth at all. He joined a lumber mill where he worked 30-minute shifts to clear out Hot Sand residue.
It was an extremely dangerous job which could have killed someone if he was exposed to the heat for more than 30 minutes. Elon Musk did not give up on his job and continued his job – but not for long.
Years later, he worked his way out of this hellhole to create two companies – just to sell them off to bigger companies. Elon didn’t know what to do. This was when he decided to found SpaceX – a company whose sole motive is to establish life in space. After simultaneous failures of attempts to land a rocket in space for 3 consecutive years, Elon finally managed to send one into space – and the rest is history.
With proper funding and planning, Elon expects to land his first rocket on Mars in an attempt to establish human life on the planet.
Recently, Musk has been all over the news for all the right reason. First, the launch of the Roadster, a electric car manufactured by his company Tesla, which has been highly acclaimed by car magazines all over the world, and secondly because of the launch of the aforementioned car in space.
Elon Musk is the very epitome of what constitutes to be the mantra of our lives – Work hard and have faith even if the odds are not in your favour. The journey to a big dream is often the toughest route one is forced to take. But the end result is always worth all the efforts. Here’s to Elon Musk’s determination to change the world!