The Art Of Failing Successfully: 15 Epic Failures Of Elon Musk That Made Him The Person He Is Today!


You probably already know tens of successful people who got fired from their first jobs, washed dishes on the way to Hollywood, or scientists who weren’t really understood by their peers at their time. Now we have a brand new version of a master of failure: Elon Musk. He failed so many times that he can create a resume out of his failures. However, he didn’t give up, ever. So I think it’s a modern version of “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.” case, like the one Samuel Beckett told us about. Here's Elon Musk’s resume of failures that prove your failures aren’t good or big enough!

1. In 1995, he applied for a job at Netscape and got rejected.

2. In 1996, he was ousted as CEO of his own company Zip2.

3. The first PayPal product was voted as one of the 10 worst business ideas in 1999.

4. He was on honeymoon when he was fired from PayPal in 2000.

5. Russians refused to sell him to send mice or plants to Mars in 2001.

6. Russians turned him down again in 2002.

"Young boy. No." The impetus behind SpaceX. 

7. 1st ever rocket launch, and first explosion in 2006.

8. 2nd rocket launch and 2nd explosion in 2007.

9. 3rd rocket launch and 3rd critical failure - with NASA satellites on board. (2008)

10. Top Gear portrayed Tesla Roadster as a barely running science experiment. Musk later admitted the car was a disaster. (2008)

Also in 2008, both Tesla and SpaceX were on the brink of bankruptcy.

11. 1st rocket failure during experimental droneship landing in 2013.

This allowed SpaceX to collect critical data that has subsequently allowed to land a number of first stages.

12. 4th rocket explosion at launch in 2015. 2nd and 3rd explosions during experimantal droneship landings.

13. In 2016, Model X deliveries were delayed more than 18 months.

14. 5th rocket explosion during test with Facebook's AMOS-6 satellite for Africa onboard (worth $300M). (2016)

15. 4th, 5th, and 6th failures during experimental droneship landings.

The respective missions were successful though.

And now: Elon Musk mastered the art of failing successfully. His net worth is $14,8 billion.


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