By his own admission, Elon Musk had a difficult childhood. He was bullied during high school, spending time in the hospital after getting pushed down the stairs and beaten until he blacked out. His home life wasn’t much better. He described his childhood as “nonstop horrible.”
When he was ten years old, he saw a computer at an electronics store in Johannesburg, South Africa. It was love at first sight. That Commodore VIC-20 had five kilobytes of memory and came with a workbook on the BASIC programming language. That language was supposed to take six months to acquire, but Musk learned it after three sleepless nights.
Could Elon Musk have learned to code without a difficult childhood? You bet. But he might not have pursued coding with the same kind of passion.
Everything we experience is a two-sided coin. It can make us or break us, and that’s up to us. You can get frustrated with the fact that you’re right-handed or left-handed, or you can cultivate ambidexterity.
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).
Bad things or difficult circumstances can happen to any of us, but our response to those things can make a difference. With God’s help, we can turn negative experiences into positive outcomes.
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Michael Temple writes from North Dakota.© 2002 - 2022, AnswersForMe.org. All rights reserved. Click here for content usage information.