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Elon Reeve Musk ( EE-lon; born June 28, 1971) is an entrepreneur and business magnate. He is the founder, CEO and lead designer at SpaceX; early stage investor, CEO, and product architect of Tesla, Inc.; founder of The Boring Company; and co-founder of Neuralink and OpenAI. A centibillionaire, Musk is one of the richest people in the world.

Musk was born to a Canadian mother and South African father and raised in Pretoria, South Africa. He briefly attended the University of Pretoria before moving to Canada aged 17 to attend Queen's University. He transferred to the University of Pennsylvania two years later, where he received bachelors' degrees in economics and physics. He moved to California in 1995 to attend Stanford University but decided instead to pursue a business career, co-founding the web software company Zip2 with his brother Kimbal. The startup was acquired by Compaq for $307 million in 1999. Musk co-founded online bank X.com that same year, which merged with Confinity in 2000 to form PayPal. The company was bought by eBay in 2002 for $1.5 billion.

In 2002, Musk founded SpaceX, an aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company, of which he is CEO, CTO, and lead designer. In 2004, he joined electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla Motors, Inc. (now Tesla, Inc.) as chairman and product architect, becoming its CEO in 2008. In 2006, he helped create SolarCity, a solar energy services company that was later acquired by Tesla and became Tesla Energy. In 2015, he co-founded OpenAI, a nonprofit research company that promotes friendly artificial intelligence. In 2016, he co-founded Neuralink, a neurotechnology company focused on developing brain–computer interfaces, and founded The Boring Company, a tunnel construction company. Musk has proposed the Hyperloop, a high-speed vactrain transportation system.

Musk has been the subject of criticism due to unorthodox or unscientific stances and highly publicized controversies. In 2018, he was sued for defamation by a diver who advised in the Tham Luang cave rescue; a California jury ruled in favor of Musk. In the same year, he was sued by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for falsely tweeting that he had secured funding for a private takeover of Tesla. He settled with the SEC, temporarily stepping down from his chairmanship and accepting limitations on his Twitter usage. Musk has spread misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic and has received criticism from experts for his other views on such matters as artificial intelligence and public transport.

Quote: When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of sunset
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When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.


Quote: 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. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of brown wooden board
Photo Credit: Joshua Bartell

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.


Quote: Don't be afraid of new arenas. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

Don't be afraid of new arenas.


Quote: There's a tremendous bias against taking risks. Everyone is trying to optimize their ass-covering. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

There's a tremendous bias against taking risks. Everyone is trying to optimize their ass-covering.


Quote: 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. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

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.


Quote: Most people can learn a lot more than they think they can. They sell themselves short without trying. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

Most people can learn a lot more than they think they can. They sell themselves short without trying.


Quote: My motivation for all my companies has been to be involved in something that I thought would have a significant impact on the world. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

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


Quote: For my part, I will never give up, and I mean never. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

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


Quote: If you need inspiring words, don't do it. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

If you need inspiring words, don't do it.


Quote: The first step is to establish that something is possible; then probability will occur. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

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


Quote: You have to be pretty driven to make it happen. Otherwise, you will just make yourself miserable. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

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


Quote: Pay attention to negative feedback and solicit it, particularly from friends. Hardly anyone does that, and it's incredibly helpful. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

Pay attention to negative feedback and solicit it, particularly from friends. Hardly anyone does that, and it's incredibly helpful.


Quote: Being an entrepreneur is like eating glass and staring into the abyss of death. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

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


Quote: They were building a Ferrari for every launch, when it was possible that a Honda Accord might do the trick. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

They were building a Ferrari for every launch, when it was possible that a Honda Accord might do the trick.


Quote: I could go and buy one of the islands in the
Bahamas and turn it into my personal fiefdom, but I am much more interested in trying to build and
create a new company. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

I could go and buy one of the islands in the
Bahamas and turn it into my personal fiefdom, but I am much more interested in trying to build and
create a new company.


Quote: 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. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

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.


Quote: It's OK to have your eggs in one basket as long as you control what happens to that basket. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

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


Quote: So we originally expected to make about 35 gigawatt hours at the cell level and about 50 gigawatt hours at the module or pack level. Now we are expecting to do about 150 gigawatt hours in the same volumetric space as the original design. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

So we originally expected to make about 35 gigawatt hours at the cell level and about 50 gigawatt hours at the module or pack level. Now we are expecting to do about 150 gigawatt hours in the same volumetric space as the original design.


Quote: I will never be happy without having someone. Going to sleep alone kills me. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

I will never be happy without having someone. Going to sleep alone kills me.


Quote: I do think there should be some regulations on AI. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

I do think there should be some regulations on AI.


Quote: The pace of progress on Mars depends upon the pace of progress of SpaceX. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

The pace of progress on Mars depends upon the pace of progress of SpaceX.


Quote: The key to making things affordable is design and technology improvements, as well as scale. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

The key to making things affordable is design and technology improvements, as well as scale.


Quote: Particularly Instagram, people look like they have a much better life than they really do. People basically seem like they are way better-looking than they really are, and they are way happier-seeming than they really are. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

Particularly Instagram, people look like they have a much better life than they really do. People basically seem like they are way better-looking than they really are, and they are way happier-seeming than they really are.


Quote: Every person in your company is a vector. Your progress is determined by the sum of all vectors. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

Every person in your company is a vector. Your progress is determined by the sum of all vectors.


Quote: Constantly seek criticism. A well thought out critique of whatever you're doing is as valuable as gold. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

Constantly seek criticism. A well thought out critique of whatever you're doing is as valuable as gold.




Quote: Fear is a hard thing to deal with. I feel it quite strongly. If I think something is important enough, I'll make myself do it in spite of fear. But it can really sap the will. I hate fear, I wish I had it less. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

Fear is a hard thing to deal with. I feel it quite strongly. If I think something is important enough, I'll make myself do it in spite of fear. But it can really sap the will. I hate fear, I wish I had it less.


Quote: I'm trying to construct a world that maximises the probability that SpaceX continues its mission without me. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

I'm trying to construct a world that maximises the probability that SpaceX continues its mission without me.


Quote: I had so many people try to talk me out of starting a rocket company, it was crazy. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

I had so many people try to talk me out of starting a rocket company, it was crazy.


Quote: Starting a business is not for everyone. Starting a business -- I'd say, number one is have a high pain threshold. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

Starting a business is not for everyone. Starting a business -- I'd say, number one is have a high pain threshold.


Quote: I'm not trying to be anyone's savior. I just try to think about the future and not be sad. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

I'm not trying to be anyone's savior. I just try to think about the future and not be sad.




Quote: I have made the mistaken assumption -- and I will attempt to be better at this -- of thinking that because somebody is on Twitter and is attacking me that it is open season. And that is my mistake. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

I have made the mistaken assumption -- and I will attempt to be better at this -- of thinking that because somebody is on Twitter and is attacking me that it is open season. And that is my mistake.


Quote: Man has the power to act as his own destroyer -- and that is the way he has acted through most of his history. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

Man has the power to act as his own destroyer -- and that is the way he has acted through most of his history.


Quote: If you look at our current technology level, something strange has to happen to civilisations, and I mean strange in a bad way. And it could be that there are a whole lot of dead, one-planet civilisations. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

If you look at our current technology level, something strange has to happen to civilisations, and I mean strange in a bad way. And it could be that there are a whole lot of dead, one-planet civilisations.


Quote: 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. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

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.


Quote: It is true that SpaceX is partially a government contractor, but it would be unfair to say that SpaceX is entirely a government contractor. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

It is true that SpaceX is partially a government contractor, but it would be unfair to say that SpaceX is entirely a government contractor.


Quote: If we're going to have any chance of sending stuff to other star systems, we need to be laser-focused on becoming a multi-planet civilisation. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

If we're going to have any chance of sending stuff to other star systems, we need to be laser-focused on becoming a multi-planet civilisation.


Quote: Facebook is quite entrenched and has a network effect. It's hard to break into a network once it's formed. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

Facebook is quite entrenched and has a network effect. It's hard to break into a network once it's formed.


Quote: The key test for an acronym is to ask whether it helps or hurts communication. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

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


Quote: The reason we should do a carbon tax is because it's the right thing to do. It's economics 101, elementary stuff. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

The reason we should do a carbon tax is because it's the right thing to do. It's economics 101, elementary stuff.


Quote: You need to live in a dome initially but over time you could terraform Mars to look like Earth and eventually walk around outside without anything on. ... So it's a fixer-upper of a planet. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

You need to live in a dome initially but over time you could terraform Mars to look like Earth and eventually walk around outside without anything on. ... So it's a fixer-upper of a planet.


Quote: No I don't ever give up. I would have to be dead or completely incapacitated. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

No I don't ever give up. I would have to be dead or completely incapacitated.


Quote: 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. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of Elon Musk quote; white text on black background

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.


Quote: 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?' by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

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?'


Quote: For me it was never about money, but solving problems for the future of humanity. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

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


Quote: I think you should always be seeking negative feedback. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

I think you should always be seeking negative feedback.


Quote: Actively seek out and listen carefully to negative feedback. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

Actively seek out and listen carefully to negative feedback.


Quote: 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. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

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.


Quote: In the case of Apple, they did originally do production internally, but then along came unbelievably good outsourced manufacturing from companies like Foxconn. We don't have that in the rocket business. There's no Foxconn in the rocket business. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

In the case of Apple, they did originally do production internally, but then along came unbelievably good outsourced manufacturing from companies like Foxconn. We don't have that in the rocket business. There's no Foxconn in the rocket business.


Quote: The extension of life beyond Earth is the most important thing we can do as a species. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

The extension of life beyond Earth is the most important thing we can do as a species.


Quote: 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. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

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.


Quote: I'm increasingly inclined to think there should be some regulatory oversight, maybe at the national and international level just to make sure that we don't do something very foolish. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

I'm increasingly inclined to think there should be some regulatory oversight, maybe at the national and international level just to make sure that we don't do something very foolish.


Quote: With artificial intelligence, we are summoning the demon. In all those stories where there's the guy with the pentagram and the holy water, it's like, yeah, he's sure he can control the demon. Didn't work out. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

With artificial intelligence, we are summoning the demon. In all those stories where there's the guy with the pentagram and the holy water, it's like, yeah, he's sure he can control the demon. Didn't work out.


Quote: There's a real opportunity to have a vertical takeoff and landing electric supersonic jet. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

There's a real opportunity to have a vertical takeoff and landing electric supersonic jet.


Quote: The tough thing is figuring out what questions to ask, but … once you do that, the rest is really easy. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

The tough thing is figuring out what questions to ask, but … once you do that, the rest is really easy.


Quote: We have this handy fusion reactor in the sky called the sun, you don't have to do anything, it just works. It shows up every day. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

We have this handy fusion reactor in the sky called the sun, you don't have to do anything, it just works. It shows up every day.


Quote: It's really incumbent upon us as life's agents to extend life to another planet. I think that being a multi-planet species will significantly increase the richness and scope of the human experience. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

It's really incumbent upon us as life's agents to extend life to another planet. I think that being a multi-planet species will significantly increase the richness and scope of the human experience.


Quote: 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. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of Elon Musk quote: 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.- black text on quotes background

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.


Quote: We're already cyborgs. Your phone and your computer are extensions of you, but the interface is through finger movements or speech, which are very slow. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

We're already cyborgs. Your phone and your computer are extensions of you, but the interface is through finger movements or speech, which are very slow.


Quote: You should be innovating so fast that you're invalidating your prior patents. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

You should be innovating so fast that you're invalidating your prior patents.


Quote: I think whenever something is -- whenever there's something that affects the public good, then there does need to be some form of public oversight. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

I think whenever something is -- whenever there's something that affects the public good, then there does need to be some form of public oversight.


Quote: There's no better place in the world for technology start-ups than Silicon Valley; there's such an incredible well of talent and capital and resources. The whole system is set up to foster the creation of new companies. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

There's no better place in the world for technology start-ups than Silicon Valley; there's such an incredible well of talent and capital and resources. The whole system is set up to foster the creation of new companies.


Quote: I'm a Silicon Valley guy. I just think people from Silicon Valley can do anything. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

I'm a Silicon Valley guy. I just think people from Silicon Valley can do anything.


Quote: So, there's quite a big keep-out zone, and when you factor the keep-out zone into account, the solar panels put on that area would typically generate more power than that nuclear power plant. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

So, there's quite a big keep-out zone, and when you factor the keep-out zone into account, the solar panels put on that area would typically generate more power than that nuclear power plant.


Quote: On one of the SpaceX flights, we had a secret payload: a wheel of cheese. We flew to orbit and brought it back, so it was the world's first 'space cheese.' It was, in part, a tribute to Monty Python. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

On one of the SpaceX flights, we had a secret payload: a wheel of cheese. We flew to orbit and brought it back, so it was the world's first 'space cheese.' It was, in part, a tribute to Monty Python.


Quote: Physics is a good framework for thinking. ... Boil things down to their fundamental truths and reason up from there. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

Physics is a good framework for thinking. ... Boil things down to their fundamental truths and reason up from there.


Quote: 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. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

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.


Quote: To our knowledge, life exists on only one planet, Earth. If something bad happens, it's gone. I think we should establish life on another planet -- Mars in particular -- but we 're not making very good progress. SpaceX is intended to make that happen. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

To our knowledge, life exists on only one planet, Earth. If something bad happens, it's gone. I think we should establish life on another planet -- Mars in particular -- but we 're not making very good progress. SpaceX is intended to make that happen.


Quote: The only thing that makes sense to do is strive for greater collective enlightenment. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

The only thing that makes sense to do is strive for greater collective enlightenment.




Quote: Buy and hold stock in companies where you love the product roadmap, sell where you don't. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

Buy and hold stock in companies where you love the product roadmap, sell where you don't.


Quote: I mean, I think that if people are concerned about volatility, they should definitely not buy our stock. I'm not here on an earnings call to convince you to buy Tesla stock. Do not buy it if volatility is scary. There you go. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

I mean, I think that if people are concerned about volatility, they should definitely not buy our stock. I'm not here on an earnings call to convince you to buy Tesla stock. Do not buy it if volatility is scary. There you go.


Quote: The overarching goal of Tesla is to help reduce carbon emissions and that means low cost and high volume. We will also serve as an example to the auto industry, proving that the technology really works and customers want to buy electric vehicles. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

The overarching goal of Tesla is to help reduce carbon emissions and that means low cost and high volume. We will also serve as an example to the auto industry, proving that the technology really works and customers want to buy electric vehicles.


Quote: Obviously Tesla is about helping solve the consumption of energy in a sustainable manner but you need the production of energy in a sustainable manner. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

Obviously Tesla is about helping solve the consumption of energy in a sustainable manner but you need the production of energy in a sustainable manner.




Quote: Even if there's a zombie apocalypse, you'll still be able to travel using the Tesla Supercharging system. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

Even if there's a zombie apocalypse, you'll still be able to travel using the Tesla Supercharging system.


Quote: I wish we could be private with Tesla. It actually makes us less efficient to be a public company. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

I wish we could be private with Tesla. It actually makes us less efficient to be a public company.


Quote: I care very deeply about the people at Tesla. I feel like I have a great debt to the people of Tesla who are making the company successful. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

I care very deeply about the people at Tesla. I feel like I have a great debt to the people of Tesla who are making the company successful.


Quote: If you don't have sustainable energy, you have unsustainable energy. The fundamental value of a company like Tesla is the degree to which it accelerates the advent of sustainable energy faster than it would otherwise occur. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

If you don't have sustainable energy, you have unsustainable energy. The fundamental value of a company like Tesla is the degree to which it accelerates the advent of sustainable energy faster than it would otherwise occur.


Quote: The lessons of history would suggest that civilisations move in cycles. You can track that back quite far -- the Babylonians, the Sumerians, followed by the Egyptians, the Romans, China. We're obviously in a very upward cycle right now and hopefully that remains the case. But it may not. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of Elon Musk quote: The lessons of history would suggest that civilisations move in cycles. You can track that back quite far -- the Babylonians, the Sumerians, followed by the Egyptians, the Romans, China. We're obviously in a very upward cycle right now and hopefully that remains the case. But it may not.- black text on quotes background

The lessons of history would suggest that civilisations move in cycles. You can track that back quite far -- the Babylonians, the Sumerians, followed by the Egyptians, the Romans, China. We're obviously in a very upward cycle right now and hopefully that remains the case. But it may not.




Quote: Land on Mars, a round-trip ticket -- half a million dollars. It can be done. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

Land on Mars, a round-trip ticket -- half a million dollars. It can be done.


Quote: Many things are improbable, only a few are impossible. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

Many things are improbable, only a few are impossible.


Quote: It is remarkable how many things you can explode. I'm lucky I have all my fingers. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

It is remarkable how many things you can explode. I'm lucky I have all my fingers.


Quote: 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. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of Elon Musk quote: 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.- black text on quotes background

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.


Quote: When I started SpaceX I thought that the most likely outcome was failure. And I think to have any other expectation would have been irrational. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

When I started SpaceX I thought that the most likely outcome was failure. And I think to have any other expectation would have been irrational.


Quote: You want to have a future where you're expecting things to be better, not one where you're expecting things to be worse. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

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


Quote: When you struggle with a problem, that's when you understand it. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

When you struggle with a problem, that's when you understand it.


Quote: I tend to approach things from a physics framework. And physics teaches you to reason from first principles rather than by analogy. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

I tend to approach things from a physics framework. And physics teaches you to reason from first principles rather than by analogy.


Quote: I think it would be great to be born on Earth and to die on Mars. Just hopefully not at the point of impact. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

I think it would be great to be born on Earth and to die on Mars. Just hopefully not at the point of impact.


Quote: 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. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

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.


Quote: Life on Earth must be about more than just solving problems. It's got to be something inspiring, even if it is vicarious. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

Life on Earth must be about more than just solving problems. It's got to be something inspiring, even if it is vicarious.


Quote: Persistence is very important. You should not give up unless you are forced to give up. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

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


Quote: No, I don't ever give up. I'd have to be dead or completely incapacitated. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

No, I don't ever give up. I'd have to be dead or completely incapacitated.


Quote: I think it is possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

I think it is possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary.


Quote: If something is important enough, even if the odds are against you, you should still do it. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

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




Quote: 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. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of Elon Musk quote; white text on black background

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.


Quote: You could power the entire United States with about 150 to 200 square kilometers of solar panels, the entire United States. Take a corner of Utah... there's not much going on there, I've been there. There's not even radio stations. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

You could power the entire United States with about 150 to 200 square kilometers of solar panels, the entire United States. Take a corner of Utah... there's not much going on there, I've been there. There's not even radio stations.


Quote: My proceeds from the PayPal acquisition were $180 million. I put $100 million in SpaceX, $70m in Tesla, and $10m in Solar City. I had to borrow money for rent. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

My proceeds from the PayPal acquisition were $180 million. I put $100 million in SpaceX, $70m in Tesla, and $10m in Solar City. I had to borrow money for rent.


Quote: If life is a video game, the graphics are great, but the plot is confusing and the tutorial is way too long. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

If life is a video game, the graphics are great, but the plot is confusing and the tutorial is way too long.


Quote: No matter how hard you work, someone else is working harder. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

No matter how hard you work, someone else is working harder.


Quote: I'm just trying to think about the future and not be sad. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

I'm just trying to think about the future and not be sad.


Quote: Failure is an option here. If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

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


Quote: Focus on signal over noise. Don't waste time on stuff that doesn't actually make things better. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

Focus on signal over noise. Don't waste time on stuff that doesn't actually make things better.


Quote: I just want to retire before I go senile because if I don't retire before I go senile, then I'll do more damage than good at that point. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

I just want to retire before I go senile because if I don't retire before I go senile, then I'll do more damage than good at that point.


Quote: I think a lot of the American people feel more than a little disappointed that the high-water mark for human exploration was 1969. The dream of human space travel has almost died for a lot of people. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

I think a lot of the American people feel more than a little disappointed that the high-water mark for human exploration was 1969. The dream of human space travel has almost died for a lot of people.


Quote: I've been to Disneyland, like, 10 times. I'm getting really tired of Disneyland. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

I've been to Disneyland, like, 10 times. I'm getting really tired of Disneyland.


Quote: Mars is the only place in the solar system where it's possible for life to become multi-planetarian. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

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


Quote: There's nothing -- I've bought everything I want. I don't like yachts or anything; you know, I'm not a yacht person, and I've got pretty much the nicest plane I'd want to have. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

There's nothing -- I've bought everything I want. I don't like yachts or anything; you know, I'm not a yacht person, and I've got pretty much the nicest plane I'd want to have.


Quote: It is definitely true that the fundamental enabling technology for electric cars is lithium-ion as a cell chemistry technology. In the absence of that, I don't think it's possible to make an electric car that is competitive with a gasoline car. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

It is definitely true that the fundamental enabling technology for electric cars is lithium-ion as a cell chemistry technology. In the absence of that, I don't think it's possible to make an electric car that is competitive with a gasoline car.


Quote: I'm personally a moderate and a registered independent, so I'm not strongly Democratic or strongly Republican. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

I'm personally a moderate and a registered independent, so I'm not strongly Democratic or strongly Republican.


Quote: 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. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

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.


Quote: If we drive down the cost of transportation in space, we can do great things. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

If we drive down the cost of transportation in space, we can do great things.


Quote: Nobody wants to buy a $60,000 electric Civic. But people will pay $90,000 for an electric sports car. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

Nobody wants to buy a $60,000 electric Civic. But people will pay $90,000 for an electric sports car.


Quote: The U.S. automotive industry has been selling cars the same way for over 100 years, and there are many laws in place to govern exactly how that is to be accomplished. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

The U.S. automotive industry has been selling cars the same way for over 100 years, and there are many laws in place to govern exactly how that is to be accomplished.


Quote: The revolutionary breakthrough will come with rockets that are fully and rapidly reusable. We will never conquer Mars unless we do that. It'll be too expensive. The American colonies would never have been pioneered if the ships that crossed the ocean hadn't been reusable. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of Elon Musk quote; white text on black background

The revolutionary breakthrough will come with rockets that are fully and rapidly reusable. We will never conquer Mars unless we do that. It'll be too expensive. The American colonies would never have been pioneered if the ships that crossed the ocean hadn't been reusable.


Quote: It would take six months to get to Mars if you go there slowly, with optimal energy cost. Then it would take eighteen months for the planets to realign. Then it would take six months to get back, though I can see getting the travel time down to three months pretty quickly if America has the will. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of Elon Musk quote: It would take six months to get to Mars if you go there slowly, with optimal energy cost. Then it would take eighteen months for the planets to realign. Then it would take six months to get back, though I can see getting the travel time down to three months pretty quickly if America has the will.- black text on quotes background

It would take six months to get to Mars if you go there slowly, with optimal energy cost. Then it would take eighteen months for the planets to realign. Then it would take six months to get back, though I can see getting the travel time down to three months pretty quickly if America has the will.


Quote: I was born in Africa. I came to California because it's really where new technologies can be brought to fruition, and I don't see a viable competitor. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

I was born in Africa. I came to California because it's really where new technologies can be brought to fruition, and I don't see a viable competitor.


Quote: I think Tesla will most likely develop its own autopilot system for the car, as I think it should be camera-based, not Lidar-based. However, it is also possible that we do something jointly with Google. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

I think Tesla will most likely develop its own autopilot system for the car, as I think it should be camera-based, not Lidar-based. However, it is also possible that we do something jointly with Google.




Quote: There are some important differences between me and Tony Stark, like I have five kids, so I spend more time going to Disneyland than parties. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

There are some important differences between me and Tony Stark, like I have five kids, so I spend more time going to Disneyland than parties.


Quote: I don't think it's a good idea to plan to sell a company. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

I don't think it's a good idea to plan to sell a company.


Quote: I think long term you can see Tesla establishing factories in Europe, in other parts of the U.S. and in Asia. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

I think long term you can see Tesla establishing factories in Europe, in other parts of the U.S. and in Asia.


Quote: If you look at space companies, they've failed either because they've had a technical solution where success was not a possible outcome, they were unable to attract a critical mass of talent, or they just ran out of money. The finish line is usually a lot further away than you think. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of Elon Musk quote: If you look at space companies, they've failed either because they've had a technical solution where success was not a possible outcome, they were unable to attract a critical mass of talent, or they just ran out of money. The finish line is usually a lot further away than you think.- black text on quotes background

If you look at space companies, they've failed either because they've had a technical solution where success was not a possible outcome, they were unable to attract a critical mass of talent, or they just ran out of money. The finish line is usually a lot further away than you think.


Quote: 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. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

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.


Quote: I'm glad to see that BMW is bringing an electric car to market. That's cool. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

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


Quote: Silicon Valley has evolved a critical mass of engineers and venture capitalists and all the support structure -- the law firms, the real estate, all that -- that are all actually geared toward being accepting of startups. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

Silicon Valley has evolved a critical mass of engineers and venture capitalists and all the support structure -- the law firms, the real estate, all that -- that are all actually geared toward being accepting of startups.




Quote: My background educationally is physics and economics, and I grew up in sort of an engineering environment -- my father is an electromechanical engineer. And so there were lots of engineery things around me. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

My background educationally is physics and economics, and I grew up in sort of an engineering environment -- my father is an electromechanical engineer. And so there were lots of engineery things around me.


Quote: Tesla is becoming a real car company. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

Tesla is becoming a real car company.


Quote: I think you should always bear in mind that entropy is not on your side. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

I think you should always bear in mind that entropy is not on your side.


Quote: To make an embarrassing admission, I like video games. That's what got me into software engineering when I was a kid. I wanted to make money so I could buy a better computer to play better video games -- nothing like saving the world. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

To make an embarrassing admission, I like video games. That's what got me into software engineering when I was a kid. I wanted to make money so I could buy a better computer to play better video games -- nothing like saving the world.


Quote: 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. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

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.


Quote: The odds of me coming into the rocket business, not knowing anything about rockets, not having ever built anything, I mean, I would have to be insane if I thought the odds were in my favor. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

The odds of me coming into the rocket business, not knowing anything about rockets, not having ever built anything, I mean, I would have to be insane if I thought the odds were in my favor.


Quote: I usually describe myself as an engineer; that's basically what I've been doing since I was a kid. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

I usually describe myself as an engineer; that's basically what I've been doing since I was a kid.


Quote: In the early days of aviation, there was a great deal of experimentation and a high death rate. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

In the early days of aviation, there was a great deal of experimentation and a high death rate.


Quote: If anyone has a vested interest in space solar power, it would have to be me. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

If anyone has a vested interest in space solar power, it would have to be me.


Quote: What most people know but don't realize they know is that the world is almost entirely solar-powered already. If the sun wasn't there, we'd be a frozen ice ball at three degrees Kelvin, and the sun powers the entire system of precipitation. The whole ecosystem is solar-powered. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of Elon Musk quote; white text on black background

What most people know but don't realize they know is that the world is almost entirely solar-powered already. If the sun wasn't there, we'd be a frozen ice ball at three degrees Kelvin, and the sun powers the entire system of precipitation. The whole ecosystem is solar-powered.


Quote: I've actually not read any books on time management. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

I've actually not read any books on time management.


Quote: 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. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

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.


Quote: Stationary storage will be as big as the car business long term. The growth rate will probably be several times what it is for the car business. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

Stationary storage will be as big as the car business long term. The growth rate will probably be several times what it is for the car business.


Quote: If we could do high-speed rail in California just half a notch above what they've done on the Shanghai line in China, and if we had a straight path from L.A. to San Francisco, as well as the milk run, at least that would be progress. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

If we could do high-speed rail in California just half a notch above what they've done on the Shanghai line in China, and if we had a straight path from L.A. to San Francisco, as well as the milk run, at least that would be progress.


Quote: When I was in college, I wanted to be involved in things that would change the world. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

When I was in college, I wanted to be involved in things that would change the world.


Quote: Over time I think we will probably see a closer merger of biological intelligence and digital intelligence. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

Over time I think we will probably see a closer merger of biological intelligence and digital intelligence.


Quote: People should pursue what they're passionate about. That will make them happier than pretty much anything else. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

People should pursue what they're passionate about. That will make them happier than pretty much anything else.


Quote: For all the supporters of Tesla over the years, and it's been several years now and there have been some very tough times, I'd just like to say thank you very much. I deeply appreciate the support, particularly through the darkest times. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

For all the supporters of Tesla over the years, and it's been several years now and there have been some very tough times, I'd just like to say thank you very much. I deeply appreciate the support, particularly through the darkest times.


Quote: Self-driving cars are the natural extension of active safety and obviously something we should do. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

Self-driving cars are the natural extension of active safety and obviously something we should do.


Quote: 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. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

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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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.


Quote: You need to be in the position where it is the cost of the fuel that actually matters and not the cost of building the rocket in the first place. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

You need to be in the position where it is the cost of the fuel that actually matters and not the cost of building the rocket in the first place.


Quote: I don't spend my time pontificating about high-concept things; I spend my time solving engineering and manufacturing problems. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

I don't spend my time pontificating about high-concept things; I spend my time solving engineering and manufacturing problems.


Quote: 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. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

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.




Quote: I think there are more politicians in favor of electric cars than against. There are still some that are against, and I think the reasoning for that varies depending on the person, but in some cases, they just don't believe in climate change -- they think oil will last forever. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of Elon Musk quote; white text on black background

I think there are more politicians in favor of electric cars than against. There are still some that are against, and I think the reasoning for that varies depending on the person, but in some cases, they just don't believe in climate change -- they think oil will last forever.


Quote: An asteroid or a supervolcano could certainly destroy us, but we also face risks the dinosaurs never saw: An engineered virus, nuclear war, inadvertent creation of a micro black hole, or some as-yet-unknown technology could spell the end of us. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

An asteroid or a supervolcano could certainly destroy us, but we also face risks the dinosaurs never saw: An engineered virus, nuclear war, inadvertent creation of a micro black hole, or some as-yet-unknown technology could spell the end of us.


Quote: Government isn't that good at rapid advancement of technology. It tends to be better at funding basic research. To have things take off, you've got to have commercial companies do it. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

Government isn't that good at rapid advancement of technology. It tends to be better at funding basic research. To have things take off, you've got to have commercial companies do it.


Quote: I think the high-tech industry is used to developing new things very quickly. It's the Silicon Valley way of doing business: You either move very quickly and you work hard to improve your product technology, or you get destroyed by some other company. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

I think the high-tech industry is used to developing new things very quickly. It's the Silicon Valley way of doing business: You either move very quickly and you work hard to improve your product technology, or you get destroyed by some other company.


Quote: Automotive franchise laws were put in place decades ago to prevent a manufacturer from unfairly opening stores in direct competition with an existing franchise dealer that had already invested time, money and effort to open and promote their business. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

Automotive franchise laws were put in place decades ago to prevent a manufacturer from unfairly opening stores in direct competition with an existing franchise dealer that had already invested time, money and effort to open and promote their business.


Quote: My opinion is it's a bridge too far to go to fully autonomous cars. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

My opinion is it's a bridge too far to go to fully autonomous cars.


Quote: I'd like to dial it back 5% or 10% and try to have a vacation that's not just e-mail with a view. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

I'd like to dial it back 5% or 10% and try to have a vacation that's not just e-mail with a view.


Quote: 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. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

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.


Quote: Some people don't like change, but you need to embrace change if the alternative is disaster. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

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


Quote: Patience is a virtue, and I'm learning patience. It's a tough lesson. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

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.


Quote: The problem is that at a lot of big companies, 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. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

The problem is that at a lot of big companies, 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.


Quote: We polled Tesla owners, do you want autopilot disabled or not. Not one person wanted it disabled. That's pretty telling. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

We polled Tesla owners, do you want autopilot disabled or not. Not one person wanted it disabled. That's pretty telling.






Quote: The future of humanity is going to bifurcate in two directions: Either it's going to become multiplanetary, or it's going to remain confined to one planet and eventually there's going to be an extinction event. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

The future of humanity is going to bifurcate in two directions: Either it's going to become multiplanetary, or it's going to remain confined to one planet and eventually there's going to be an extinction event.


Quote: 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. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

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.


Quote: Great companies are built on great products. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

Great companies are built on great products.


Quote: 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?' by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

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?'


Quote: I think that's the single best piece of advice: constantly think about how you could be doing things better and questioning yourself. by author Elon Musk overlaid on photo of photo of author Elon Musk with quote

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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