Live a meaningful life – How Elon Musk does it

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Almost everyone knows Elon Musk. He is known as the world’s richest man. But beneath the title, not many know his life purpose and the grand ideas that have been accomplished.

When Musk was in college, he asked himself “What will most affect the future of humanity?” when figuring out what he wanted to do with his life. He came up with the internet; sustainable energy; space exploration; artificial intelligence; and reprogramming the human genetic code.

In 1995, he founded a company called Zip2 with his brother, Kimbal. Zip2 was an online directory. The goal was to convince businesses that being in a physical directory would become outdated and people will start searching for businesses on the Internet instead. It was tough at first but eventually, the company gained traction and grew. In 1999, Zip2 was snatched by Compaq for $307 million and Musk made off with $27 million.

Since Musk had his purpose straight, he didn’t retire into the sunset leisure after winning it big. He continued to make a name in the internet industry and founded an online bank called X.com. It was a bold plan because a small startup trying to compete with big banks seemed out of touch.

Later, his company merged with Peter Thiel’s Confinity to become what we know today as PayPal. In 2002, PayPal was sold for $1.5 billion and Musk walked off with $180 million.

Now, let’s return to Musk’s listthe internet; sustainable energy; space exploration; artificial intelligence; and reprogramming the human genetic code.

After completing his Zip2 and PayPal chapter, the internet in his list is checked. Then, he started a new company called SpaceX. The mission is to make humans a multi-planetary species by colonizing Mars. Next, in 2004, he founded Tesla, an electric car company, to revolutionise the worldwide car industry to bring humanity toward a sustainable energy future.

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Musk’s listthe internet; sustainable energy; space exploration; artificial intelligence; and reprogramming the human genetic code.

In 2015, Musk co-founded OpenAI, an artificial intelligence company. A year later, he founded Neuralink, a neurotechnology company that was just approved to put computer chips in human brains this year. So, another two are checked to finish the list.

Musk’s listthe internet; sustainable energy; space exploration; artificial intelligence; and reprogramming the human genetic code.

So, Musk sought a life that’s worth living through the realisation of a vision and he has been on it for nearly 30 years. No sane person could endure 30 years of an unmeaningful pursuit.

Last year, I started building myself to improve as a writer and as a man. I started reading, writing and working out more. After months of consistent self-improvement, I have gained many small achievements such as securing my first client for my freelance writing job; improving my thinking skills; becoming nonchalant; dating a beautiful, soft girl; and having a fitter and stronger physique.

Therefore, if you want to live with meaning, build something. For Musk, it is building companies. For you, building yourself should be the priority as it will translate to a more meaningful life. With those small wins, I can proudly say my life has been meaningful and satisfying until now. I’m sure I’m on the right path.

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