Towards the end of the 20th century, 19-year-old Elon Musk asked himself “What will most affect the future of humanity?” He came up with five answers: “the internet; sustainable energy; space exploration, permanent extension of life beyond Earth in particular; artificial intelligence; and reprogramming the human genetic code.”
The world we live in has never been the same ever since, and this is just the beginning. Here’s a few reasons Mr. Musk has genius written all over him.
Before he became the self-made billionaire that he is today, Musk created an online bank called X.com. In the 1990s, an internet startup trying to compete with banks was considered to be completely insane. In true Musk Fashion, he proved everyone wrong shortly after founding PayPal.
In 2002, before Musk sold PayPal to eBay, Elon became obsessed with rocket science and technology. After voraciously studying on his own, he started a rocket company called SpaceX, whose mission is to revolutionize space exploration and colonize the solar system with at least a million humans on Mars over the next century.
6. Tesla Motors
As his “project” took flight, Elon decided to defy the odds yet again by launching a car company called Tesla. His stated purpose was to change the automotive industry by accelerating the advent of a world mostly dependent on cars fueled by electricity. Other than Musk himself, no one in history has ever succeeded in starting an electric car company.
Just two years later in 2006, he founded another company called SolarCity, whose goal is to revolutionize energy production by creating a utility that would install solar panel systems on millions of homes, greatly reducing their dependency on fossil fuels and accelerating mass adoption of sustainable energy.