Quotes from Elon Musk

“Work like hell. I mean you just have to put in 80 to 100 hour weeks every week. [This] improves the odds of success. If other people are putting in 40 hour workweeks and you’re putting in 100 hour workweeks, then even if you’re doing the same thing, you know that you will achieve in four months what it takes them a year to achieve.”

“I’ve actually not read any books on time management.”

“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?'”

“Really pay attention to negative feedback and solicit it, particularly from friends. … Hardly anyone does that, and it’s incredibly helpful.”

“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.”

“What makes innovative thinking happen?… I think it’s really a mindset. You have to decide.”

“People should pursue what they’re passionate about. That will make them happier than pretty much anything else.”

“Being an entrepreneur is like eating glass and staring into the abyss of death.”

“I wouldn’t say I have a lack of fear. In fact, I’d like my fear emotion to be less because it’s very distracting and fries my nervous system.”

“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.”

“I think most of the important stuff on the Internet has been built. There will be continued innovation, for sure, but the great problems of the Internet have essentially been solved.”

“I think we have a duty to maintain the light of consciousness to make sure it continues into the future.”

“When Henry Ford made cheap, reliable cars, people said, ‘Nah, what’s wrong with a horse?’ That was a huge bet he made, and it worked.”

“When somebody has a breakthrough innovation, it is rarely one little thing. Very rarely, is it one little thing. It’s usually a whole bunch of things that collectively amount to a huge innovation.”

“You shouldn’t do things differently just because they’re different. They need to be… better.”

“You have to say, ‘Well, why did it succeed where others did not?'”

“I would just question things… It would infuriate my parents… That I wouldn’t just believe them when they said something ’cause I’d ask them why. And then I’d consider whether that response made sense given everything else I knew.”

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

“We have a strict ‘no-assholes policy’ at SpaceX.”

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Success Quotes from Elon Musk

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

“I always invest my own money in the companies that I create. I don’t believe in the whole thing of just using other people’s money. I don’t think that’s right. I’m not going to ask other people to invest in something if I’m not prepared to do so myself.”

“My biggest mistake is probably weighing too much on someone’s talent and not someone’s personality. I think it matters whether someone has a good heart.”

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

“I don’t believe in process. In fact, when I interview a potential employee and he or she says that ‘it’s all about the process,’ I see that as a bad sign. The problem is that at a lot of big companies, process becomes a substitute for thinking. You’re encouraged to behave like a little gear in a complex machine. Frankly, it allows you to keep people who aren’t that smart, who aren’t that creative.”

“Starting and growing a business is as much about the innovation, drive, and determination of the people behind it as the product they sell.”

“The first step is to establish that something is possible; then probability will occur.”

“There are really two things that have to occur in order for a new technology to be affordable to the mass market. One is you need economies of scale. The other is you need to iterate on the design. You need to go through a few versions.”

“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.”

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Elon Musk Quotes

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

There’s a fundamental difference, if you look into the future, between a humanity that is a space-faring civilization, that’s out there exploring the stars … compared with one where we are forever confined to Earth until some eventual extinction event.

My biggest mistake is probably weighing too much on someone’s talent and not someone’s personality. I think it matters whether someone has a good heart.

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

The first step is to establish that something is possible; then probability will occur.

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 that makes sense is to strive for greater collective enlightenment.

It is remarkable how many things you can explode. I’m lucky I have all my fingers.

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.

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