Chairman of SolarCity Elon Musk Quotes & Sayings
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Chairman of SolarCity Elon Musk Quotes & Sayings

Best quotes collection by Elon Musk who is a African-born Canadian-American business magnate, investor, engineer, and inventor.

Elon Musk Quotes on Companies

  • I don’t think it’s a good idea to plan to sell a company.
  • I don’t create companies for the sake of creating companies, but to get things done.
  • 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.
  • Disruptive technology where you really have a big technology discontinuity… tends to come from new companies.
  • As much as possible, avoid hiring MBAs. MBA programs don’t teach people how to create companies.
  • 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 Quotes on Business

  • Starting and growing a business is as much about the innovation, drive, and determination of the people behind it as the product they sell.
  • Being an entrepreneur is like eating glass and staring into the abyss of death.
  • 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.
  • Don’t delude yourself into thinking something’s working when it’s not, or you’re gonna get fixated on a bad solution.
  • It’s very important to like the people you work with, otherwise life [and] your job is gonna be quite miserable.
  • 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.
  • 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 Quotes on Life

  • 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.
  • There’s a tremendous bias against taking risks. Everyone is trying to optimize their ass-covering.
  • When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.
  • Some people don’t like change, but you need to embrace change if the alternative is disaster.
  • Failure is an option here. If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough.
  • Persistence is very important. You should not give up unless you are forced to give up.
  • It’s OK to have your eggs in one basket as long as you control what happens to that basket.
  • I say something, and then it usually happens. Maybe not on schedule, but it usually happens.

Elon Musk Famous Quotes

  • I don’t spend my time pontificating about high-concept things; I spend my time solving engineering and manufacturing problems.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • I think we have a duty to maintain the light of consciousness to make sure it continues into the future.
  • 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?’
  • 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.
  • The first step is to establish that something is possible; then probability will occur.
  • 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.

Elon Musk Popular Quotes

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • We have a strict ‘no-assholes policy’ at SpaceX.
  • 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.
  • I’ve actually not read any books on time management.