I was paying my own way through college and could make an entire month’s rent in one night. Adeo (Elon’ very close friend) was in charge of doing cool shit around the house, and I would ran the Party.”

When did Elon Musk escape to Canada?

At age 17, in 1989, Musk moved to Canada to attend Queen’s University and avoid mandatory service in the South African military. Upon landing in June 1988, Musk mom told him that her Uncle had gone to Minnesota, meaning Musk had nowhere to say. Bags in hand, Musk headed for a youth hostel.

Musk spent the next year working a series of odd jobs around the Canada. And he did a job where he used to clean the boiler room of a lumber mill for 18 dollars an hour. 

What was Elon Musk doing at ages 20–23:

  • Musk had found people who responded to his ambition rather than mocking it, and Elon fed on this environment.
  • When Elon gets into something, he develops just this different level of interest in it than other people. That is what differentiates Elon from the rest of Humanity.
  • Musk was more ambitious in College than he’d been in High School.
  • Farooq(Elon’s college friend) said, “I don’t think he makes friends easily, but he is very loyal to those he has.” (Which means that Elon did not waste his time impressing others.)
  • At Penn,(University of Pennsylvania) he met people that thought like him,” Maye said(Elon’s Mother). There were some nerds there. He so enjoyed them. I remember going for lunch with them, and they were talking physics things. They were saying, ‘A plus B equals pi sqaured’ or whatever. They would laugh out loud. It was cool to see him so happy.”
  • Elon Musk and Adeo Ressi(Musk’s very close friend and is to this day as tight with Elon as anyone.) during the week, Musk and Ressi would study, but as the weekend approached, Ressi, in particular, would transform the house into a nightclub.
  • “We(Musk and Ressi) would have as many as five hundred people. We would charge five dollars, and it would be pretty much all you could drink— beer and Jell-O shots and other things.”

 Where Elon musk studied:

Elon ended up enrolling at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, in 1989.(He picked Queen's over the University of Waterloo because he felt there were more good looking women at Queen's).

In 1992, Musk left Canada to study business and physics at the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated with an undergraduate degree in economics and stayed for a second bachelor’s degree in physics.

Elon Musk completed dual degrees i.e Bachelor's degree in both Economics and Physics.

Related: How did Elon read two books a day when Elon was young? 


How Elon Musk met Justine Wilson?

A deeper relationship between Musk and Justine Wilson, a fellow student at Queen's started during this period. Leggy with long, brown hair, Wilson radiated romance and sexual energy.

"She looked pretty great," Musk said."She was also smart and this intellectual with sort of an edge. Musk made his first move just outside of her dorm, where he pretended to have bumped into her by accident and then reminded her that they had met previously at a party. 

Justine, only one week into school, agreed to Musk's proposal of an ice cream date. During their university years, the two youngsters were off and on, with Musk having to work hard to keep the relationship going.

But Justine wasn't interested in Elon at all and dated the other coolest guys. "The man Elon does not take no for an answer. I do think of him as the Terminator. He locks his gaze on to something and says", 'It shall be mine,'  Justine said. "And bit by bit, Elon won me over."  

Musk’s Solar Energy Interest:

  • Musk’s longtime interest in Solar power and in finding other new ways to harness energy expanded at Penn.
  • In December 1994, he had to come up with a Business plan for one of his classes and ended up writing a paper titled “The Importance of Being Solar.” At the top of the page, he wrote: “The Sun will come out tomorrow…” He concluded the paper with a drawing of the “power station of the future.” It depicted a pair of giant solar arrays in space — each four kilometers in width — sending their juice down to Earth via Microwave beams to receiving antenna with a seven- kilometer diameter.
  • Musk received a 98 on what his professor deemed a “very interesting and well written paper.”

Elon Musk, a Video Games Enthusiast and Lover:

As Musk began to think more seriously about what to he would do after college, (we all face this common question, right?) he briefly considered getting into the Video game Business.

He’d been obsessed with video games since his childhood and had held a gaming internship.

In 1994, Musk held two internships in Silicon Valley during the summer: at an energy storage start-up called Pinnacle Research Institute, which researched electrolytic ultracapacitors for energy storage, and at the Palo Alto-based start-up Rocket Science Games. (He did this video games internship because he loved Video games.)

I really like computer games, but then if I made really great computer games, how much effect would that have on the world.” Musk said.

But I couldn’t bring myself to do that as a career, because it wouldn’t have a big effect even though I have an intrinsic love of Video games.

In Interviews, Elon Musk often makes sure that people know he had some truly big ideas on his mind during this period of his life.

He wasn’t just sniffing out trends, and he wasn’t consumed by the idea of getting rich. I am not an investor.

I like to make technologies real that I think are important for the future and useful in some sort of way.”

Related: 10 Startup Lessons every entrepreneur must learn from Elon Musk

Musk was born on 28 June 1971 and his 20–23 period of life happened from 1991 to 1994.

Musk, almost from his earliest days, plotted an escape from his surroundings and dreamed of a place that would allow his personality and dreams to flourish.

Click to know How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Is Shaping Our Future?  

Why Elon Musk is famous?

South African entrepreneur, Elon Musk is famous for his Vision to make Humans Multi-Planetary Species. And he is the founder and leader of some of the world's most Innovating Companies Tesla Motors, SpaceX, The Boring Company, and Solarcity.

According to Forbes, Elon Musk's Net worth is estimated around $80 Billion, making him one of the top 10 richest man in the World.

I know there is still more that he did at ages 20–23, but this is all I know. If you know something more about him that he did at ages 20–23.

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