I Love Elon Musk, So Sue Me

//currently listening to the album Blush by Moose Blood//

 
 

      Pardon me for just being another 20 something guy who loves Elon Musk, I can't help it. I'm a wannabe techie who studies planetary science and who doesn't want to destroy the Earth by raping our land for natural gas and burning fossil fuels into the air. But let me quickly back up out of the politics and tell you why this man gives me the strength to carry on. 

      When I first started listening to podcasts, I knew I should be downloading shows focused on subjects I would like to learn more about. I remember the first time I learned about space in 3rd grade, and I knew right away I was going to be an astronaut. Well, that feeling only really lasted a couple hours until I realized what I really wanted to be was a Pokemon trainer. Throughout my schooling the subject of space would come up, and I would always notice how incredibly interested in the subject I was, but I never did anything to learn about it on my own. I was WAY too involved in my band to give a shit about anything else, including my grades. I graduated in the bottom 10% of my class, but being in one of the top high schools in the country, that meant I still had a 3.67 GPA, which was laughable according to my peers. Pretty punk rock, yeah?

      Anyways, as my life became more focused and I wanted to invest more of my time into learning, I downloaded a bunch of podcasts on space, and quickly began learning as much as I could about current and future missions into deep space. Between that and joining The Planetary Society in Washington, DC, I heard the name SpaceX a lot. I fell in love with their tenacity. "Going to space is hard, best left to the big boys. NASA has been doing it for years, and if anyone is going to land humans on Mars, it'll be them, don't even try". That was the message until Elon Musk and a few other courageous entrepreneurs walked into the room and dick slapped the nay-sayers with their hopes and dreams. My father (my other hero) encouraged me to read the biography "Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future" by Ashlee Vance. I used my monthly Audible credit to download the audiobook, and plowed through it throughout 2 work days. I got emotional, man. Like, really emotional. This dude was killin' it at a young age, and he could have easily just sat back and done whatever he wanted with the money he made off the merging of his company with PayPal. But in true entrepreneurial fashion, he gambled every cent he had on starting 2 new companies at the same time, Tesla and SpaceX, both of which challenged everything we thought we knew about 2 very big industries, the automotive and space industries. He was laughed at, called names, and pressured to quit, but in the face of adversity, he remained focused on his goals, and paid the bull shit no mind whatsoever. He was days away from bankruptcy when NASA came through with billions in investments, and from that point on, his companies have been on an upward trajectory.

      Regardless of the struggles he faced, he never surrendered, and his work ethic and fierce leadership skills have given me so much strength to carry on and pursue something as simple and menial as starting a podcasting network. It may not help our entire race learn the meaning of life, why we're here, if we're alone, and how we proceed from here, but I hope it can help a few nerds like myself find a place they can call home. That's all I really want. There are people out there who just aren't interested in going with the tides, and I know the loneliness and depression that goes along with that. By the time I was a junior in high school, it became very clear how different I was from my friends, and it lead to many weekend nights playing RuneScape or old burned copies of Roller Coaster Tycoon in my basement alone. The internet has come a long way since 2006 and people from all over the world can connect virtually and discuss similar interests, and Elemental.fm will be place for loners and nerds like I was in high school.

      Elon Musk wasn't (and isn't) even a rocket scientist, and if he can start a fucking deep space exploration company from nothing, I sure as hell am capable of producing a few cool podcasts. They'll be out soon, and I can't wait to share them with the world. I really believe in the company I'm trying to start, and I know the hosts I have on board are some of the most knowledgeable and enthusiastic people in their fields, and I can't wait to hear their voices and see the community grow around them. 

Until next time, 

Tom Kelly//Tom@elemental.fm