Well, there goes another month.. as 2014 ticks away.
Spring is coming slowly, as it always does in Idaho...
I was watching on Sunday night 60 minutes... and saw
two amazing men... Elon Musk. Not many people know who he is.. But I will tell you he is an amazing man... a young man in his 40's I think...
Elon Musk, investor of the Telsa car,( which he took over in 2008 when the company was in trouble)... the electric car.
Elon Musk, the developer of PAY PAL which he sold to E-BAY for, I think they said,$1.5 billion in stock, of which $165 million he got in cash. .
With money like that he could sit around for the rest of his life..
But this is not Elon Musk way.
Elon Musk, the designer and maker of Space X.
Now if you are a science geek, you very well, know of him. He was born in South Africa. He loved to do things.. make things.. always driven by his ideas...
But things didn't always go well. Especially in 2008. Like the
rest of the nation, it was a bad year for Elon Musk. Seems his newly made car had glitches.. bad ones.. he ended up with all the cars, in his warehouse.. with flaws.. that had to be found and fixed. Also his Space X had not only drained his bank account but also he had failed 3 tries... Even when he asked for investors.. they ran ...saying no, no, no, hell, no.... Lesser of men would have thrown in the towel.. but not Elon Musk. He didn't ask why... he asked why not.. and continued. Continued on a thread.. of fumes in the tank of finances. As his brother said, he was beyond broke. But he believed he could do it..
But then.. the week of Christmas...He got the best present of all..
The fourth try for Space X .... WORKED.. and to this day is still working. The Space X delivers to the space station, and other skyward endeavourer. And INVESTORS? Well, day after Christmas they were knocking on HIS door.
Next came the car...2012 brought the car back to life.
This time it is the Telsa S... and all the models
are doing well.. Only down side he said is... the price.. he has to figure out how to get the price down..
Next on his agenda is.... building a less pricey compact. So he wants to build and selling electric vehicle power train components so that other automakers can produce electric vehicles at affordable prices for everyone.
With this young man's "why not" attitude.. I believe he will make it.
Then there was Marcus Roberts the blind piano player.. Actually to call him a piano player is an insult.. as he does so much more with the piano.. He played mostly jazz..but he could not only play jazz but also play it alike so many other over the history of jazz. He lost his sight at the age of 5. He had a curiosity of what made piano's sound.. as he was growing up.. and his family saved to get him his own for home.. and as the old saying goes..
the rest is history..
I love Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder ... who are and were also
blind at an early age.. but this young man of about 50 is in a
place of his own.. He also encourage other blind children..and adults to have confidence in what you want to do.. To get an education as well, as any thing to do with music.
Two greatly inspirational young men..