elon musk resume of failures

Elon Musk’s Resume of Failures Proves That Your Failures Aren’t Big Enough

Last edit May 3, 2022

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.

Arguably, he revolutionized every industry he has ever touched: eCommerce (PayPal), automotive industry (Tesla), space flights (SpaceX), and sustainable energy (SolarCity).

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.)

Elon Musk’s Resume of Failures Infographic

elon musk infographic resume of failures

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  • Martin Poduska, Editor in Chief at Kickresume
  • Martin Poduska
    Editor in Chief
    Martin Poduska is a resume expert and career advice writer at Kickresume. He leads Kickresume’s team of writers and is the main person responsible for upholding the standards of expertise and quality on the blog.In addition to having written nearly 100 in-depth, painstakingly researched resume advice articles, as chief editor he has also edited and revised every single article on this blog. Tens of thousands of job seekers read Martin’s resume advice every month.Martin holds a degree in English from the University of St Andrews and a degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Amsterdam.

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