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We either succeed or we learn. This is precisely the manner Elon Musk has taken failures in last two decades, making him the most enigmatic entrepreneur the world has ever seen. Some of the failures are catastrophic that just one of them could have completely finished his career or even his life. It would be the end of many of us if were to happen to be in his shoes. His thought on failures speaks it all; “If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough.”

He was rejected for a job in Netscape in 1995, he even went to the head office to follow but was shy to speak to anyone. He was ousted out as CEO of the company he created, Zip2. In the year 2000, he was pushed out from the post of PayPal CEO, while he was on a honeymoon. Health became a concern when he caught cerebral malaria taking more than six months to recover.

Russia refused to sell rockets to him even at an exorbitant price of $21 million for his space exploration program in 2001. The first rocket launch later in 2006, Falcon 1, ended up exploding. Space X & Tesla were on the brink of going bankrupt in 2008, a year when he also getting divorced. Three of Tesla Model S cars experience battery fires after going through significant collisions. Another rocket exploded in 2015. 2016 Tesla Model X gets delayed by 18 months & a fifth rocket explodes with Facebook satellites. Merlin exploded under testing in 2017, a year of record setting 16 launches. March this year, Tesla voluntarily recalled 123,000 cars because of power steering component issue.

Your engagement with failures decides how far and how well you surge ahead in life. For most of the world few exam failures or job rejections is the end of the world. On the contrary, Elon Musk is the world’s role model. He has mastered the art of successfully failing. He is the founder of Tesla Motors and SpaceX and is said to be a true 21st century creative visionary. He has a net worth of $19.7 billion & is leading the world in revolutionizing transportation both on Earth and in space.


Sanjay Sahay

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