Elon Musk is one of the most successful entrepreneurs of our time. He’s the founder of Tesla, SpaceX, and SolarCity, and he’s also the chairman of OpenAI. He’s a man who’s always looking to the future, and his quotes reflect that. In this blog post, we’ve compiled 130 of the best Elon Musk quotes.

These quotes cover a wide range of topics, from business to innovation to technology. So, whether you’re looking for inspiration or just want to get a glimpse into the mind of one of the most brilliant minds of our time, this list is for you.

“The tough thing is figuring out what questions to ask, but […] once you do that, the rest is really easy.” – Elon Musk

“I think we have a duty to maintain the light of consciousness to make sure it continues into the future.” – 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 something’s important enough, you should try. Even if the probable outcome is failure.” – Elon Musk

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

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

“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

“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

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

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

“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

“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

“Why do you want to live? What’s the point? What inspires you? What do you love about the future? And if the future’s not including being out there among the stars and being a multi-planet species, it’s incredibly depressing if that’s not the future we’re going to have.”– Elon Musk

 “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

“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

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

“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

“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

 “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

“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

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

“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

 “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

“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

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

 “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

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

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

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

“For me it was never about money, but solving problems for the future of humanity.” – Elon Musk

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

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

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

“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

“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

“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

“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 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

 “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

“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

 “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

“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

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

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

“If something has to be designed and invented, and you have to figure out how to ensure that the value of the thing you create is greater than the cost of the inputs, then that is probably my core skill.” – 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

“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

 “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

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

“I would just question things… It would infuriate my parents… That I wouldn’t just believe them when they said something ’cause I’d ask them why. And then I’d consider whether that response made sense given everything else I knew.”– Elon Musk

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

“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

“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 clearly not, or you’re gonna get fixated on a bad solution.”– 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

“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

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

“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

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

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

“I hope that even my worst critics remain on Twitter because that is what free speech means.” – Elon Musk

“Let’s say the only thing we had was solar energy – that was the only power source – if you just took a small section of Spain, You could power all of Europe.” – Elon Musk

“Be very rigorous in your self-analysis, certainly be extremely tenacious, and just work like hell. Put in 80-100 hours every week. All these improve’s odds of success.”– 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

“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

“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

“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 favour.” – Elon Musk

“We are 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.” – Elon Musk

“Don’t confuse schooling with education. I didn’t go to Harvard but the people that work for me did.”– Elon Musk

 “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

 “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

“If something has to be designed and invented, and you have to figure out how to ensure that the value of the thing you create is greater than the cost of the inputs, then that is probably my core skill.”– Elon Musk

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

“Disruptive technology where you really have a big technology discontinuity… tends to come from new companies.”– 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

 “I would just question things… It would infuriate my parents… That I wouldn’t just believe them when they said something ’cause I’d ask them why. And then I’d consider whether that response made sense given everything else I knew.”– Elon Musk

“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

“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

“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.”– 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

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

 “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.”– 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

“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

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

“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

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