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The Man Behind Tesla Motors: Elon Musk (Part One)


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The Man Behind Tesla Motors: Elon Musk (Part One)

You may have heard a lot about Tesla Motors in the motoring news - we have certainly covered these innovative new cars a lot in our blog - and its CEO, a man by the name of Elon Musk, who does most of the company's public speaking.

At Sell Your Jamjar, we thought, therefore, that we would take a look at Musk's career and find out how he became the boss of this relatively new and exciting company.

In Part One, we look at his early years in South Africa and how he ended up moving Canada.

Elon Reeve Musk is a South African-born, Canadian-American entrepreneur, engineer and big thinker.

He is the CEO and CTO of SpaceX, CEO and product architect of Tesla Motors, chairman of SolarCity, and co-chairman of OpenAI.

The path to success has not always been easy it seems. Musk’s childhood was excruciating and lonely according to reports.

Growing up in Pretoria, South Africa, his home life was difficult, with an emotionally abusive father who would make the children sit for hours in silence while he lectured them.

At school, things were not much better and as the awkward, ‘bookish’ kid, who taught himself computer programming at 12, he was the target of bullies and ritual beatings for years.

Eventually, his cruel treatment led Elon to leave South Africa for Canada and then the United States.

Just before his 18th birthday, Musk took a flight to Canada and armed with just a bag of clothes and a phone directory, looked up distant relatives and hoped for the best, until eventually a second cousin took him in.

He worked a series of odd jobs across Canada which showed his determination and work ethic at an early age.

After enquiring about the best paid job at the employment centre he found himself cleaning the boiler room of a lumber mill for $18 per hour.

In an excerpt from Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, published by Ecco, Elon says: "You have to put on this hazmat suit and then shimmy through this little tunnel that you can barely fit in!" 

 

 

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