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Elon Musk quotes are beneficial when it comes to making practical decisions. Elon Musk is the founder of Tesla and SpaceX. Musk became a multimillionaire in his late 20s after selling Zip2 (his startup company). He also made headlines after his company, SpaceX, launched a rocket that would send the first commercial vehicle to the International Space Station (ISS). In January 2021, Musk reportedly surpassed Jeff Bezos as the wealthiest man in the world.

By 2008, Elon Musk successfully established SpaceX and NASA gave the company the contract to transport cargo to the ISS. The company successfully delivered thousands of pounds of supplies where Musk quoted “I feel very lucky. … For us, it’s like winning the Super Bowl.”

Elon Musk has also faced his fair share of setbacks throughout his career. However, he used his setbacks as opportunities to learn and improve. This dynamic personality of his is admirable and inspires me. Here are 35 of the most encouraging Elon Musk quotes to inspire you and guide you throughout your journey to success. I believe you will add Elon Musk quotes to your must-to-be-read list as I did.

39 Most Inspiring Elon Musk Quotes To Become Successful

  1. “When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.” –Elon Musk
  2. “Persistence is very important. You should not give up unless you are forced to give up.” –Elon Musk
  3. “I could either watch it happen or be a part of it.” –Elon Musk
  4. “Some people don’t like change, but you need to embrace change if the alternative is a disaster.” –Elon Musk
  5. “I think it is possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary.” –Elon Musk
  6. “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
  7. “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
  8. “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
  9. “The first step is to establish that something is possible; then probability will occur.” –Elon Musk
  10. “It’s OK to have your eggs in one basket as long as you control what happens to that basket.” –Elon Musk
  11. “Brand is just a perception, and perception will match reality over time. Sometimes it will be ahead, other times it will be behind. But the brand is simply a collective impression some have about a product.” –Elon Musk
  12. “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
  13. “I don’t create companies for the sake of creating companies, but to get things done.” –Elon Musk
  14. “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
  15. “People should pursue what they’re passionate about. That will make them happier than pretty much anything else.” –Elon Musk
  16. “What makes innovative thinking happen?… I think it’s really a mindset. You have to decide.” –Elon Musk
  17. 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?'” –Elon Musk
  18. “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
  19. “You shouldn’t do things differently just because they’re different. They need to be… better.” –Elon Musk
  20. “It’s very important to like the people you work with, otherwise life [and] your job is gonna be quite miserable.” –Elon Musk
  21. “I say something, and then it usually happens. Maybe not on schedule, but it usually happens.” –Elon Musk
  22. “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
  23. “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.” –Elon Musk
  24. “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
  25. “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.” –Elon Musk
  26. “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.” –Elon Musk
  27. “I think we have a duty to maintain the light of consciousness to make sure it continues into the future.” –Elon Musk
  28. “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
  29. “There are really two things that have to occur in order for 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.” –Elon Musk
  30. “I don’t believe in the 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, the 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.” –Elon Musk
  31. “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.” –Elon Musk
  32. “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.” –Elon Musk
  33. “As much as possible, avoid hiring MBAs. MBA programs don’t teach people how to create companies.” –Elon Musk
  34. “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
  35. “I’ve actually not read any books on time management.” –Elon Musk
  36. “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
  37. “Really pay attention to negative feedback and solicit it, particularly from friends. … Hardly anyone does that, and it’s incredibly helpful.” –Elon Musk
  38. “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
  39. “Failure is an option here. If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough.” –Elon Musk

Rahul Bansal

Rahul is a freelance author, chemist, a teacher and has a lot of passion for spirituality, humanity & self-development. Being in the writing industry for many years, Rahul has a plethora of knowledge which he loves to share and discuss with his readers. He loves to write about self-improvement and share quotes he finds inspiring.

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