60 Inspirational Elon Musk Quotes

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Elon Reeve Musk (born June 28, 1971), commonly known as Elon Musk is a South African-born American business magnate, investor, engineer, and inventor.

Following are Inspiring Elon Musk Quotes about business, success & change with images.

Elon Musk Quotes


“When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.” — Elon Musk

“Many things are improbable, only a few are impossible.” — Elon Musk

“My proceeds from the PayPal acquisition were $180 million. I put $100 million in SpaceX, $70m in Tesla, and $10m in Solar City. I had to borrow money for rent.” ― Elon Musk

“My mentality is that of a samurai. I would rather commit seppuku than fail.” — Elon Musk

“You want to have a future where you’re expecting things to be better, not one where you’re expecting things to be worse.” — Elon Musk

“What I’m trying to do is to maximise the probability of the future being better.” — Elon Musk

Life is too short for long-term grudges.

“People work better when they know what the goal is and why. It is important that people look forward to coming to work in the morning and enjoy working.” — Elon Musk

“Talent is extremely important. It’s like a sports team, the team that has the best individual player will often win, but then there’s a multiplier from how those players work together and the strategy they employ.” — Elon Musk

“It is a mistake to hire huge numbers of people to get a complicated job done. Numbers will never compensate for talent in getting the right answer (two people who don’t know something are no better than one), will tend to slow down progress, and will make the task incredibly expensive.” — Elon Musk

“We need to figure out how to have the things we love, and not destroy the world.” — Elon Musk

“It is important to view knowledge as sort of a semantic tree — make sure you understand the fundamental principles, ie the trunk and big branches, before you get into the leaves/details or there is nothing for them to hang on to.” — Elon Musk

“It’s a fixer-upper of a planet but we could make it work.” — Elon Musk

When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.

“If you’re trying to create a company, it’s like baking a cake. You have to have all the ingredients in the right proportion.” — Elon Musk

“It’s really incumbent upon us as life’s agents to extend life to another planet. I think that being a multi-planet species will significantly increase the richness and scope of the human experience.” — Elon Musk

“You should take the approach that you’re wrong. Your goal is to be less wrong.” ― Elon Musk

“It’s just mind-blowingly awesome. I apologize, and I wish I was more articulate, but it’s hard to be articulate when your mind’s blown-but in a very good way.” — Elon Musk

“I think you should always bear in mind that entropy is not on your side.” — Elon Musk

“There’s a real opportunity to have a vertical takeoff and landing electric supersonic jet.” — Elon Musk

If you need inspiring words, don’t do it.

“Constantly seek criticism. A well thought out critique of whatever you’re doing is as valuable as gold.” ― Elon Musk

“Some people don’t like change, but you need to embrace change if the alternative is disaster.” — Elon Musk

“Brand is just a perception, and perception will match reality over time. Sometimes it will be ahead, other times it will be behind. But brand is simply a collective impression some have about a product.” — Elon Musk

“I came to the conclusion that we should aspire to increase the scope and scale of human consciousness in order to better understand what questions to ask. Really, the only thing tht makes sense is to strive for greater collective enlightenment.” — Elon Musk

“I don’t spend my time pontificating about high-concept things; I spend my time solving engineering and manufacturing problems.” — Elon Musk

“You get paid in direct proportion to the difficulty of problems you solve” ― Elon Musk

Failure is an option here. If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough.

“Patience is a virtue, and I’m learning patience. It’s a tough lesson.” — Elon Musk

“If you need inspiration, don’t do it.” — Elon Musk

“I think life on Earth must be about more than just solving problems… It’s got to be something inspiring, even if it is vicarious.” — Elon Musk

“Persistence is very important. You should not give up unless you are forced to give up.” — Elon Musk

“Life is too short for long-term grudges.” — Elon Musk

“We’re going to make it happen. As God is my bloody witness, I’m hell-bent on making it work.” — Elon Musk

I could either watch it happen or be a part of it.

“If you think back to the beginning of cell phones, laptops or really any new technology, it’s always expensive.” — Elon Musk

“I think it is possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary.” — Elon Musk

“I’m interested in things that change the world or that affect the future and wondrous, new technology where you see it, and you’re like, ‘Wow, how did that even happen? How is that possible?'” — Elon Musk

“There’s a tremendous bias against taking risks. Everyone is trying to optimize their ass-covering.” — Elon Musk

“Over time I think we will probably see a closer merger of biological intelligence and digital intelligence.” – Elon Musk

“Failure is an option here. If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough.” — Elon Musk

If something is important enough, even if the odds are against you, you should still do it.

“If you get up in the morning and think the future is going to be better, it is a bright day. Otherwise, it’s not.” — Elon Musk

“The things that’s worth doing is trying to improve our understanding of the world and gain a better appreciation of the universe and not to worry too much about there being no meaning. And, you know, try and enjoy yourself. Because actually, life’s pretty good. It really is.” — Elon Musk

“It’s very important to like the people you work with, otherwise life [and] your job is gonna be quite miserable.” — Elon Musk

“You want to be extra rigorous about making the best possible thing you can. Find everything that’s wrong with it and fix it. Seek negative feedback, particularly from friends.” — Elon Musk

“You need to be in the position where it is the cost of the fuel that actually matters and not the cost of building the rocket in the first place.” — Elon Musk

“I always have optimism, but I’m realistic. It was not with the expectation of great success that I started Tesla or SpaceX…. It’s just that I thought they were important enough to do anyway.” — Elon Musk

Great companies are built on great products.

Physics is a good framework for thinking.. Boil things down to their fundamental truths and reason up from there.” — Elon Musk

“I could either watch it happen, or be part of it.” — Elon Musk

“When I was in college, I wanted to be involved in things that would change the world.” — Elon Musk

“No, I don’t ever give up. I’d have to be dead or completely incapacitated.” — Elon Musk

“Starting and growing a business is as much about the innovation drive and determination of the people who do it as it is about the product they sell.” — Elon Musk

“Don’t be afraid of new arenas.” — Elon Musk

Don’t be afraid of new arenas.

“I don’t create companies for the sake of creating companies, but to get things done.” — Elon Musk

“My motivation for all my companies has been to be involved in something that I thought would have a significant impact on the world.” — Elon Musk

“My biggest mistake is probably weighing too much on someone’s talent and not someone’s personality. ” — Elon Musk

“When I started SpaceX I thought that the most likely outcome was failure. And I think to have any other expectation would have been irrational.” — Elon Musk

“Great companies are built on great products.” — Elon Musk

“It is remarkable how many things you can explode. I’m lucky I have all my fingers.” — Elon Musk

Elon Musk Quotes

“I think it [colonizing mars] would be the most inspiring thing that I can possibly imagine. Life needs to be more than just solving problems every day. You need to wake up and be excited about the future, and be inspired, and want to live.” — Elon Musk

“For my part, I will never give up, and I mean never.” — Elon Musk

“The value of beauty and inspiration is very much underrated, no question. But I want to be clear: I’m not trying to be anyone’s savior. I’m just trying to think about the future and not be sad.” — Elon Musk

“When you struggle with a problem, that’s when you understand it.” — Elon Musk

“If something is important enough, even if the odds are against you, you should still do it.” — Elon Musk

“Most people can learn a lot more than they think they can. They sell themselves short without trying.” — Elon Musk

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