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The Inspiration that is Elon Musk


If you google fun facts about Elon Musk, this pops up:

  • Elon Musk was born in South Africa in 1971.
  • He became famous for starting Tesla Motors and SpaceX but he first made his fortune as a co-founder of PayPal.
  • Musk provided a large amount of inspiration for the Hollywood character Tony Stark (a.k.a. Iron Man).

Tony Stark, really? I guess Iron Man did spend a few moments in space while fighting the Leviathan and Chitauri during the Battle of New York – that must be the SpaceX link :-}.

He’s definitely a character and a visionary.  If our current consumption of natural resources and rate of carbon emissions continues, and we do have to start colonising Mars, he could even potentially be the saviour of the human race.

I haven’t read Ashlee Vance’s book about Musk yet, but this article  provides a great summary on a few of the lessons we can learn from his life.  Pretty inspirational for a 45 year old.

His life in info-graphic summary:




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