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36 Quotes From The Incredible Mind of Elon Musk

Joel Brown (Founder of Addicted2Success.com)

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Possibly the coolest rich guy on the planet, and arguably more interesting than Steve Jobs. Elon Musk has made a massive dent in the universe through his courage to take massive risks to achieve success and bring forth a new innovative way of the future.

Often mistaken for Iron Man’s Billionaire playboy character “Tony Starks”, Elon is definitely an entrepreneur with a massive edge and the mind of a genius.

We have scoured the archives online to bring to you today “The Top 36 Hottest Elon Musk Quotes” that outlines why he is such an incredible entrepreneur and game changer in, and out of this world.

 

36 Inspirational Elon Musk Quotes

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

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

3. “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?” – Elon Musk

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

5. “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

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

7. “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

8. “It’s OK to have your eggs in one basket as long as you control what happens to that basket.” – Elon Musk

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

10. “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

11. “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

12. “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

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13. “You have to be pretty driven to make it happen. Otherwise, you will just make yourself miserable.” – Elon Musk

14. “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.” – Elon Musk

15. “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.” – Elon Musk

16. “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

17. “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.” – Elon Musk

18. “Let’s think beyond the normal stuff and have an environment where that sort of thinking is encouraged and rewarded and where it’s okay to fail as well. Because when you try new things, you try this idea, that idea… well a large number of them are not gonna work, and that has to be okay. If every time somebody comes up with an idea it has to be successful, you’re not gonna get people coming up with ideas.” – Elon Musk

19. “Really, the only thing that makes sense is to strive for greater collective enlightenment.” – Elon Musk

20. “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.” – Elon Musk

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

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

23. “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

24. “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. I think that’s the single best piece of advice: constantly think about how you could be doing things better and questioning yourself.” – Elon Musk

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25. “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.” – Elon Musk

26. “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

27. “If something’s important enough, you should try. Even if you – the probable outcome is failure.” – Elon Musk

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

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

30. “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

31. “The idea of lying on a beach as my main thing just sounds like the worst. It sounds horrible to me. I would go bonkers. I would have to be on serious drugs. I’d be super-duper bored. I like high intensity.” – Elon Musk

32. “[As a child] I would just question things…” – Elon Musk

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

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

35. “I could either watch it happen or be a part of it.” – Elon Musk

36. “Being an Entrepreneur is like eating glass and staring into the abyss of death” – Elon Musk

 

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  1. Jay

    Jun 22, 2015 at 8:24 am

    Great quotes!! Very inspiring to me

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Today, we are very much conditioned to expect instant gratification in all areas of life. It’s important to remember, however, that true personal and professional success is achieved through tenacity and hard work. Very seldom does “luck” play a substantial role in building a solid and promising future.

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4. “I dyed my hair this crazy red to bid for attention. It has become a trademark, and I’ve got to keep it this way.”

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For example, Ball’s natural hair colour was a light to medium brown with reddish tones. Early in her career, she bleached it blonde in hopes of being able to compete with the plethora of bombshell blondes of the era. She eventually realised, however, she needed to stand out, not blend in!

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5. “The more things you do, the more you can do.”

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6. “Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”

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