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Elon Musk's success has proven that America remains the land of opportunity for hardworking dreamers. This was something that was highlighted in the CEO's recent conversation and interview with his biographer, Ashlee Vance, who authored the acclaimed book "Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future."
The CEO of Tesla and SpaceX is a force of nature, disrupting two seemingly impossible industries with his two primary companies. There was once a time when it is considered extremely foolish to start a car company or a private space venture, seeing as space is something saved for governments and EVs were considered as nothing more than glorified golf carts. Yet Musk is stubborn, and he is persistent enough to dream.
Musk dreamed of transportation that's powered by sustainable means, which is one of the reasons why he backed Tesla wholeheartedly. He is also an avid enthusiast in space, to the point where, instead of retiring on the millions he earned due to his work on the internet, Musk instead decided to bet a significant part of his fortune on SpaceX, a private space enterprise.
SpaceX today is a resounding success, and the company is on the eve of resurrecting America's capability to send its own astronauts to space, and at a far more reasonable price at that. In his recent conversation with Vance, which was outlined in a Bloomberg Hyperdrive article, Musk admitted that ultimately, his decision to move to the United States played a big role in his pursuit of his longtime dream.
"America is still the land of opportunity more than any other place, for sure. There is definitely no other country where I could have done this—immigrant or not," he said.
Musk's words were no exaggeration. Being a risk-taker, the Tesla and SpaceX CEO had been on the edge a good number of times. Among the most prominent of these was back in the days when SpaceX was attempting to reach orbit with its first spacecraft, the humble Falcon 1. Numerous failures threatened to bankrupt the company, but Musk and team rallied on, ultimately reaching orbit by the skin of their teeth.
Tesla was no different. The long journey with the original Roadster, the Model X's manufacturing difficulties, and the Model 3's "production hell" took their toll on Musk and the company itself. Tesla's publicly-traded and unadvertised nature has also attracted an immense number of critics. Yet Tesla, like its CEO, continues on and defies its skeptics. Today, the company is considered as the undisputed leader in EVs, with legacy auto playing catch up.
As Musk stated, these would likely not have been possible had he been in another country. Ultimately, it is the nature of US that has allowed Musk to work hard for his dream, and thrive enough that he was able to pursue his vision. And the world is better for it.Follow @PurplePanda88
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Ma. Claribelle Deveza
Longtime writer and news/book editor. Writing about Tesla allows me to contribute something good to the world, while doing something I love.