10 Things to know about Elon Musk

Elon Musk is a sensational entrepreneur, who is changing the way we view industries like space travel and electric cars

Darren Travel
3 min readFeb 22, 2022
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I’m curious about this man as he has been able to achieve so much success at such a young age. So I decided to compile a list of 10 things that I think you should know about him.

First of all, Elon Musk is a really smart guy.

Elon Musk has made more accomplishments of the past decade than many of us will make in a lifetime. He is thought by some to be a real-life Tony Stark, CEO of SpaceX, Tesla Motors and Neuralink.

He hasn’t been formally trained to do the things he does, and there is no doubt his genius was with him from the beginning. In fact, Elon Musk’s grandfather taught physics and mathematics at Imperial College in South Africa.

His dad was an engineer as well and worked at a hydroelectric power station at a dam in South Africa. His uncle worked on cold fusion at Tel Aviv University.

And his great-grandfather was an engineer after whom the mathematical knot the Mobius strip is named after.

Elon Musk is South African (born in Pretoria), Canadian (born in Regina, raised in South Africa), and American citizen living in the United States. He is an inventor, investor, engineer and business magnate.

His career has revolved around various business ventures with his most famous one being that of Tesla Motors and SpaceX.

Elon Musk is a big fan of Spock from Star Trek.

Elon Musk’s favorite movie is The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Elon Musk was severely bullied as a child by his classmates.

He studied economics but didn’t finish college.

Elon Musk did not want to be like his father who was an engineer so he did not take any engineering classes.

Musk’s early ventures included the Zip2 corporation to provide online maps for newspapers.

Elon Musk founded X.com in 1999 which was one of the first internet bank at the time.

Elon Musk considers himself to be “an engineer first, CEO second and businessman third”

Elon Musk describes himself as “naturally anti-social”

Elon Musk is not afraid to take calculated risks.

When he decided to start his companies, he had a general idea of how things would work out. However, his attention was more on getting things done than where it would lead him.

This is the trait that allowed him to realize his dreams and become one of the most influential personalities in modern history.

He also highly recommends for people to choose what they want to be at a young age, because as we grow old, we are likely to be drawn in by societal norms and live a life that is less adventurous. It’s better to take initiative sooner than later — before we settle with our lives.

Another important lesson here is that when you pursue your passion, anything is possible.

You can accomplish almost anything if you work hard enough and believe in yourself.

Whether Elon can realistically achieve all he has set out to accomplish remains to be seen of course, but you have to admire his imagination and his dedication to his goals.

Takeaway — The only way to have the experience that you need to succeed is to get out into the field and actually do it. If Elon Musk had followed all the rules, he likely never would have developed the Tesla or built SpaceX.



Darren Travel

Full Stack Creator. I create content and products on Medium/Gumroad. I write about growth, playbooks and VR⚡️Building AtomicRoutines.com⚛️ darrentravel.bio.link