Elon Musk was born on June 28, 1971 in Pretoria, South Africa, to a South African father and a Canadian mother. In the early stage of his life, he displayed an outstanding level of talent for computers and entrepreneurship. At the age of 12, he wrote a video game “Blastar” which he later sold to a computer magazine. 4 years later, after obtaining a Canadian passport, Musk left South Africa and his eyes were set on the greater economic opportunities in the United States.
Welcome to A-classes Motivational Monday, a video series where we learn from the brightest minds who for the most parts are of immigrant background and can inspire us through their actions. The idea behind this video series is to remind you, fellow migrants, that you have nothing to be ashamed of as an immigrant and that if others like you can make it, then we too can make it. On no account should you consider your being immigrants as a limiting factor. It should, in fact, be seen as an opportunity to increase yourself and the society you live in. The bright mind we will learn from today is Elon Musk.
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Musk attended Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and in 1992 he transferred to the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, where he received bachelor’s degrees in physics and economics in 1995.
He later co-founded Zip2, a web software company, which was bought in 1999 for $307 million, by Compaq, a computer manufacturing company, and Musk then founded an online financial services company, X.com, which later became PayPal, specialized in the transfer of money online.
If you have been using PayPal to do businesses online, which I suppose you do, now you know the history behind it, Elon Musk, a migrant from South Africa and that is not all.
For a very long time, Elon remains convinced that for life to survive, humanity has to become a multi-planet species, a colossal dream as you can imagine. And to that effect, another great South African, Nelson Mandela had it nailed in one of his quotes:
“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”
I hope you can feel what I am here driving at, the burning flames in our hearts that we very often allow to die, due to the challenges of life.
But that is not with Elon Musk. In 2002, he founded Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) to make rockets more affordable. Its first two rockets were the Falcon 1 (first launched in 2006) and the larger Falcon 9 Full Thrust, which were designed to cost much less than the competing rockets made its first flight in December 2015.
A third rocket, the Falcon Heavy (first launched in 2018), was designed to carry 117,000 pounds or 53,000 kg to orbit, nearly twice as much as its largest competitor, the Boeing Delta 4 Heavy, for one-third the cost. SpaceX also developed the Dragon spacecraft, which carries supplies to the International Space Station and it’s designed to carry as many as seven astronauts at a flight.
In addition to being CEO of SpaceX, Elon Musk was also a chief designer in building the Falcon rockets, Dragon, and Grasshopper.
The above is definitely too much of an accomplishment for the average mind. Well, Elon Musk is not your typical average mind, yet he is an immigrant from South Africa.
Now, as an immigrant what can you learn from the above story? Well, you don’t necessarily have to be Elon Musk or come from South Africa to achieve your immigration dream. So the keyword here is the dream.
What kind of dream set you on your immigration journey? Why are you here and what have you been doing to fulfil your mission as an immigrant?
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