From getting bullied and thrown down the stairs in grammar school to becoming “Earth’s most future-oriented person” and earning billions of dollars in the process, it’s hard to wrap one’s brain around just how much Elon Musk has managed to stuff into his 44 years of life. But that’s where this massive infographic, created by information designer Anna Vital, comes in. Read the full article.
“In a hundred years, when most people reading this and the person writing this are long gone, Musk’s cars and rockets will still be circling the Earth and the skies,” writes Anna Vital from the Funders and Founders blog. “How can such a person get started against all odds is the question I ask here. And, more importantly, what can we learn from him?”
The illustrated life’s journey, which leans heavily on Ashlee Vance’s book, winds through several milestones and inflection points, like when Musk sold his first videogame and the time he left Stanford’s PhD program after just two days.
And, of course, it also mentions how Musk, after reading “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” decided his life’s mission would be to save humanity. He recently said he doesn’t just want to take humans to Mars, he wants to use his next spaceship to take them from New York to Los Angeles, in 25 minutes.
Those are just a few of the highlights. It’s a huge visualization , so we broke it down into some notable sections.
The rough early years, capped by a nice profit at the age of 12:
A youthful existential crisis and getting his hands dirty:
A formal education and some dues-paying:
Grappling with tragedy, pondering Tesla TSLA, +1.12% and making the bucks:
Still to come:
On the Mars travel and colonization front, Musk has said he’s aiming to send two cargo missions by 2022 to that planet. Those trips would confirm water resources and identify any hazards, along with placing power, mining and life support infrastructure for future flights.