Elon Musk is 45-years-old. He is Canadian-American, though South African-born. Most importantly, he is the craziest human being in the universe.
Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble-makers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status-quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify, or vilify them. But the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.
When Apple, Inc. ran the above advert campaign, they really didn’t know they were doing a welcome song for the Iron Man, Musk. No doubt, Apple’s foreman, Steve Jobs, stood for crazy for his goal to put a dent on the universe, but Musk is crazier. To say the least, every bit of Musk’s thinking has a touch of crazy to it. In fact, to be Musk is to be crazy. He was crazy enough to think out and accomplish the following:
The PayPal experience
Musk thought that they should be a better way of conducting online transactions, an e-Wallet so to speak, an online payment gateway. He then kick-started a company that would see to it’s realization. He went on to merge with another company already on a similar project. That was the birth of PayPal. And eBay would show up to buy PayPal at a whooping $1.5billion, from which Musk’s take-home was $180,000,000.
What Musk did next will shock you. He reinvested every dime of that huge cash into founding three childhood dream-companies: SpaceX ($100,000,000, Tesla ($70,000,000, and SolarCity ($10,000,000).
The SpaceX experience
Musk was a kid when the US landed the Eagle on the moon using the help of the likes of Neil Armstrong. And then he grew up dreaming of building his own rockets. Today, this is how the narrative goes: “Only four people have succeeded in sending rockets to and fro space: US, Russia, China, and Elon Musk.” Notice that while three names on that list are not just countries but superpowers, the fourth name is the 45-year-old Musk. Mind you, Musk didn’t launch his rockets on a golden-launch pad; it was a frustrating experience for him, as the first three rockets he fired up failed in succession. He didn’t give up one bit. He said he’d have to be dead or totally incapacitated to give up.
He even has a grander ambition. Musk thinks earth is not enough for the humankind; he wants us to occupy more than one planet, and he’s doing all he can to make that happen. He has already succeeded in alarmingly cutting the cost of moving stuff to space. And Musk is so passionate about what he does that his eyes were welled up with tears when an interviewer for “60 Minutes” raised questions bothering on the testimonies in Congress of his childhood heroes (the guys that landed the moon when Musk was a kid) against his space concerns.
The Tesla Experience
Tesla cars run on electricity. You can already imagine that! And Musk is already promising to come along with more disruptive car technologies.
The SolarCity experience
This guy thinks that the only way forward for our energy experience is solar. And the SolarCity business is seeing to that in an entirely different and crazy way.
Finally, I’m convinced that Elon Reeve Musk is the craziest human being right now. Or, do you know of a crazier person?