62 Of The Best Elon Musk Quotes To Inspire You

By Dan Anderson ● November 29, 2018

Tesla Motors co-founder/CEO/product architect, SpaceX founder/CEO/lead designer, The Boring Company founder, and Neuralink co-founder/CEO Elon Musk recently said that people need to work around 80 to 100 hours per week to change the world. And he pointed out that “nobody ever changed the world on 40 hours a week.”

This quote resonated with many people who are spending more than 40 hours per week working and have been looking for motivation. 

Here are some of the best Elon Musk quotes that you may find to be inspirational:

1.) “A company is a group organized to create a product or service, and it is only as good as its people and how excited they are about creating. I do want to recognize a ton of super-talented people. I just happen to be the face of the companies.”

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

3.) “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.”

4.) “Disruptive technology where you really have a big technology discontinuity… tends to come from new companies.”

5.) “Don’t delude yourself into thinking something’s working when it’s not, or you’re gonna get fixated on a bad solution.”

6.) “Failure is an option here. If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough.”

7.) “Great companies are built on great products.”

8.) “Given that this is the first time in 4.5 billion years where it’s been possible for humanity to extend life beyond Earth, it seems like we’d be wise to act while the window was open and not count on the fact it will be open a long time.”

9.) “Going from PayPal, I thought: ‘Well, what are some of the other problems that are likely to most affect the future of humanity?’ Not from the perspective, ‘What’s the best way to make money?'”

10.) “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.”

11.) “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.”

12.) “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.”

13.) “I could either watch it happen or be a part of it.”

14.) ”I do think there is a lot of potential if you have a compelling product and people are willing to pay a premium for that. I think that is what Apple has shown. You can buy a much cheaper cell phone or laptop, but Apple’s product is so much better than the alternative, and people are willing to pay that premium.”

15.) “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.”

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

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

18.) “I don’t think it’s a good idea to plan to sell a company.”

19.) “I say something, and then it usually happens. Maybe not on schedule, but it usually happens.”

20.) “I think it’s very important to have a feedback loop, where you’re constantly thinking about what you’ve done and how you could be doing it better.”

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

22.) “I think you should always bear in mind that entropy is not on your side.”

23.) “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.”

24.) “If something has to be designed and invented, and you have to figure out how to ensure that the value of the thing you create is greater than the cost of the inputs, then that is probably my core skill.”

25.) “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.”

26.) “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?’”

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

28.) “I think it is possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary.”

29.) “I think the best way to attract venture capital is to try and come up with a demonstration of whatever product or service it is and ideally take that as far as you can. Just see if you can sell that to real customers and start generating some momentum. The further along you can get with that, the more likely you are to get funding.”

30.) “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.”

31.) “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.”

32.) “If you go back a few hundred years, what we take for granted today would seem like magic-being able to talk to people over long distances, to transmit images, flying, accessing vast amounts of data like an oracle. These are all things that would have been considered magic a few hundred years ago.”

33.) “If you’re co-founder or CEO, you have to do all kinds of tasks you might not want to do… If you don’t do your chores, the company won’t succeed… No task is too menial.”

34.) “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.”

35.) ”It’s OK to have your eggs in one basket as long as you control what happens to that basket.”

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

37.) “Life is too short for long-term grudges.”

38.) “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.”

39.) “Optimism, pessimism, f**k that – we’re going to make it happen.”

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

41.) “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.”

42.) “Persistence is very important. You should not give up unless you are forced to give up.”’

43.) (Physics is) a good framework for thinking. … Boil things down to their fundamental truths and reason up from there.”

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

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

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

47.) “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.”

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

49.) ”There’s a tremendous bias against taking risks. Everyone is trying to optimize their ass-covering.”

50.) “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.”

51.) “The path to the CEO’s office should not be through the CFO’s office, and it should not be through the marketing department. It needs to be through engineering and design.”

52.) “There have to be reasons that you get up in the morning and you want to live. Why do you want to live? What’s the point? What inspires you? What do you love about the future? If the future does not include being out there among the stars and being a multi-planet species, I find that incredibly depressing.”

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

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

55.) “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.”

56.) “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.”

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

58.) “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.”

59.) “You have to say, ‘Well, why did it succeed where others did not?’”

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

61.) “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.”

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

(Sources: Inc’s Peter Economy, Inc’s Larry Kim, Business Insider’s Jillian D’Onfro, Akshay of Lifehacks)

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