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

— Elon Musk

The most mind-blowing Elon Musk quotes that are new and everybody is talking about

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

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

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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 work weeks and you’re putting in 100 hour work weeks, then even if you’re doing the same thing you know that you will achieve in 4 months what it takes them a year to achieve.

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Elon Musk quote When something is important enough, you

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

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I want to die on Mars, just not on impact.

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I think that's the single best piece of advice: constantly think about how you could be doing things better and questioning yourself.

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Optimism, pessimism, f**k that; we're going to make it happen. As God is my bloody witness, I'm hell-bent on making it work.

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Elon Musk quote If something is important enough, even i

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

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Mars is the only place in the solar system where it's possible for life to become multi-planetarian.

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I've actually made a prediction that within 30 years a majority of new cars made in the United States will be electric. And I don't mean hybrid, I mean fully electric.

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My mentality is that of a samurai. I would rather commit seppuku than fail.

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Elon Musk quote Persistence is very important. You shoul

Persistence is very important. You should not give up unless you are forced to give up.

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Life is too short for long-term grudges.

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Some people don't like change, but you need to embrace change if the alternative is disaster.

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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 quote Constantly thinking about what you’ve do

Constantly thinking about what you’ve done and how you could be doing it better.

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About Elon Musk

Quotes 281 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Entrepreneur
Birthday June 28, 1971

Many things are improbable, only a few are impossible.

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For me it was never about money, but solving problems for the future of humanity.

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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.

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Elon Musk quote If something is important enough, even i

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

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

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

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The key test for an acronym is to ask whether it helps or hurts communication.

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I'm glad to see that BMW is bringing an electric car to market. That's cool.

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The biggest mistake, in general, I've made, is to put too much of a weighting on someone's talent and not enough on their personality. And I've made that mistake several times. I think it actually matters whether somebody has a good heart, it really does. I've made the mistake of thinking that it's sometimes just about the brain.

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For my part, I will never give up, and I mean never.

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Don’t just follow the trend. You may have heard me say that it’s good to think in terms of the physics approach of first principles. Which is, rather than reasoning by analogy, you boil things down to the most fundamental truths you can imagine and you reason up from there.

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You have to be pretty driven to make it happen. Otherwise, you will just make yourself miserable.

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Biofuels such as ethanol require enormous amounts of cropland and end up displacing either food crops or natural wilderness, neither of which is good.

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

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Weighing too much on someone's talent and not someone's personality.

I think it matters whether someone has a good heart.

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I think that's an important thing to do, to really pay attention to negative feedback, and solicit it, particularly from friends. This may sound like simple advice, but hardly anyone does that, and it's incredibly helpful.

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The thing 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.

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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.

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Great companies are built on great products.

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

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The reality is gas prices should be much more expensive then they are because we're not incorporating the true damage to the environment and the hidden costs of mining oil and transporting it to the U.S. Whenever you have an unpriced externality, you have a bit of a market failure, to the degree that eternality remains unpriced.

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We have a strict 'no a-hole policy' at SpaceX.

And we fire people they are. I mean, we give them a little bit of warning. But if they continue to be an a-hole, then they're fired.

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Patience is a virtue, and I'm learning patience. It's a tough lesson.

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I hate writing about personal stuff. I don't have a Facebook page. I don't use my Twitter account. I am familiar with both, but I don't use them.

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Boeing just took $20 billion and 10 years to improve the efficiency of their planes by 10 percent. That's pretty lame. I have a design in mind for a vertical liftoff supersonic jet that would be a really big improvement.

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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.

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The space shuttle was often used as an example of why you shouldn't even attempt to make something reusable. But one failed experiment does not invalidate the greater goal. If that was the case, we'd never have had the light bulb.

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We're running the most dangerous experiment in history right now, which is to see how much carbon dioxide the atmosphere... can handle before there is an environmental catastrophe.

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It's OK to have your eggs in one basket as long as you control what happens to that basket.

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I always had an existential crisis, trying to figure out ‘what does it all mean?’ I came to the conclusion that if we can advance the knowledge of the world, if we can expand the scope and scale of consciousness, then, we’re better able to ask the right questions and become more enlightened. That’s the only way to move forward.

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There have only been about a half dozen genuinely important events in the four-billion-year saga of life on Earth: single-celled life, multicelled life, differentiation into plants and animals, movement of animals from water to land, and the advent of mammals and consciousness.

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I think it matters whether someone has a good heart.

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It's obviously tricky to convert cellulose to a useful biofuel.

I think actually the most efficient way to use cellulose is to burn it in a co-generation power plant. That will yield the most energy and that is something you can do today.

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The fuel cell is just a fundamentally inferior way of delivering electrical energy to an electric motor than batteries.

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One bit of advice: 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.

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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.

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I think we should be very careful about artificial intelligence.

If I had to guess at what our biggest existential threat is, it's probably that. So we need to be very careful...With artificial intelligence we're summoning the demon.

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People often mistake technology for a static picture.

It's less like a picture and more like a movie. It's the velocity of technology innovation that matters. It's the acceleration.

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