Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk (Elon Musk) has become the world’s third-richest, with a net worth of more than 100 billion U.S. dollars . He recently revealed the secret of his success, that is, playing games prompted him to have a great interest in programming, and then embark on the road of technological entrepreneurship.
Nowadays, most people don’t think Musk is a programmer. He is the founder of three companies and is engaged in the most challenging engineering problems today, including: manufacturing affordable ultra-long-distance electric cars, developing Mars, and Digging tunnels under the worst city traffic. However, if Musk did not learn to program, none of this would happen.
It all started when Musk was about 10 years old, when his father took him from South Africa (Musk’s birthplace) to the United States. A few years ago, Musk admitted in an interview: “This is really a great experience, because all hotels have game halls. So when we arrive at the new hotel, the first thing I do is go gaming room.”
Musk said: “Playing games is very attractive. They make me want to learn how to program computers, and I think I can develop games myself.” Musk once owned an early Commodore computer and included a manual explaining how to use it. Early computer language BASIC programming. He absorbed this knowledge by reading the manual, almost exactly the same as the method he used when he taught himself to make rockets nearly 20 years later.
At the age of 12, Musk, who had mastered basic programming knowledge, developed the computer game “Blastar” and sold its code to a computer magazine for about $500. Eleven years later, he and his younger brother founded Zip2, a company that provided city guides, maps and yellow pages for the newspaper industry, and finally sold it to Compaq for $307 million. Musk said that most of Zip2’s code was written by himself, and most of it was at night when the software was not used.
Musk used the first pot of gold to co-found X.com, which eventually became PayPal, and sold it to eBay in 2002 for $1.5 billion. This high-profile transaction and the hundreds of millions of dollars that Musk earned as the largest shareholder of PayPal brought him the capital and visibility to continue his business, attracting rocket scientists and automotive engineers to help him build spacecraft and electric cars. In other words, when Musk fell in love with the video game in the hotel game hall for the first time, he overthrew dominoes and decided to develop the game himself, which directly led to his extraordinary success today.