Failure is frustrating. Failure is something you don’t put on your resume.
On the contrary, one doesn’t simply write a resume of his or her failures (Hint: we’re going to do it).
At the same time, if you attempt great things, your failures are probably going to be just as impressive as your accomplishments.
There’s probably no other person alive today who embodies this notion more than Elon Musk.
Sure, he’s considered a genius who also happens to be worth $253 billion. Certainly, many of his ideas have turned into realities.
We’ll see how his idea to revolutionize Twitter will go. Will it be another success or failure?
Because in the end, all of his accomplishments somehow pale in comparison to his ability to fail.
Elon Musk’s story proves that you can actually “fail your way to success”
Elon Musk’s story proves that once you’ve mastered the art of failing, success becomes the only way you can go. And he had to go through A LOT of failures and difficulties in his life.
He got ousted as CEO of the first company he created. The first PayPal product he devised was voted one of the 10 worst business ideas ever. He was forced to step down as CEO of PayPal as well.
After he founded SpaceX, he almost went bankrupt after three of his first space rockets exploded at launch.
Then he basically led Tesla to bankruptcy before he managed to succeed at last. Few more rocket explosions made him lose several of the Facebook and NASA satellites.
Then again, SpaceX’s Starship prototype exploded on landing.
Will Musk destroy Twitter too?
We’ll see about that. After all, doing something comes at the risk of failure. And Musk seems to enjoy this challenge.
Probably that’s why Elon Musk’s resume of failures is a pretty long read. See for yourself in the infographic below. It’s really “explosive”.
(Note: We’ve updated the original Elon Musk’s resume of failures from 2016 because, well, Musk managed to fail a few more times since then.)