Elon Musk Quotes That Will Inspire Your Business Success

35 Inspirational Elon Musk Quotes

 

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

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

“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.”
– Elon Musk

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

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

“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.”
– Elon Musk

“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.”
– Elon Musk

“I say something, and then it usually happens. Maybe not on schedule, but it usually happens.”
– Elon Musk

“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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

“As much as possible, avoid hiring MBAs. MBA programs don’t teach people how to create companies.”
– Elon Musk

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

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

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

“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

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

“I don’t think it’s a good idea to plan to sell a company.”
– Elon Musk

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

“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.”
– Elon Musk

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

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

“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.”
– Elon Musk

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

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

“There’s a tremendous bias against taking risks. Everyone is trying to optimize their ass-covering.”
– Elon Musk

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

“You have to say, ‘Well, why did it succeed where others did not?’”
– 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.”
– Elon Musk

“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

“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

“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.”
– Elon Musk

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