Elon Musk quotes

A list created by: Lee Sonogan

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The man with a lot going on. Business magnate, investor and engineer, he is the CEO of Space X, Tesla, Inc, and Neuralink. In 2016 he was named in a list as one of the most powerful people in the world. Also one of the richest by being a billionaire. With all the important businesses he owns, he manages to maintain them all while still making appearances in the public. A very busy and intelligent man who has said something very interesting quotes.

  • “When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favour.” ― Elon Musk
  • “The first step is to establish that something is possible then probability will occur.”  ― 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 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
  • “When I was in college, I just thought, ‘Well, what are the things that are most likely to affect the future of humanity at a macro level?’ And it just seemed like there would be the Internet, sustainable energy, making life multi-planetary, and then genetics and AI.” ― Elon Musk
  • “The best teacher I ever had was my elementary school principal. Our math teacher quit for some reason, and he decided to sub in himself for math and accelerate the syllabus by a year. We had to work like the house was on fire for the first half of the lesson and do extra homework, but then we got to hear stories of when he was a soldier in WWII. If you didn’t do the work, you didn’t get to hear the stories. Everybody did the work. ― Elon Musk
  • “Do you have the right axioms, are they relevant, and are you making the right conclusions based on those axioms? That’s the essence of critical thinking, and yet it is amazing how often people fail to do that. I think wishful thinking is innate in the human brain. You want things to be the way you wish them to be, and so you tend to filter information that you shouldn’t filter.” ― Elon Musk
  • “A lot of kids are in school puzzled as to why they’re there. I think if you can explain the ‘why’ of things, then that makes a huge difference to people’s motivation. Then they understand purpose.” ― Elon Musk
  • “I do kinda feel like my head is full! My context-switching penalty is high, and my process isolation is not what it used to be. Frankly, though, I think most people can learn a lot more than they think they can. They sell themselves short without trying. One bit of advice: it is important to view knowledge as sort of a semantic tree–make sure you understand the fundamental principles, i.e., the trunk and big branches, before you get into the leaves/details or there is nothing for them to hang on to.” ― Elon Musk
  • “I care a lot about the truth of things and trying to understand the truth of things. I think that’s important. If you’re going to come up with some solution, then the truth is really, really important.” ― Elon Musk
  • “There’s no map. By its nature, it’s unknown, which means you’re going to make false moves. It must be OK to make false moves.” ― Elon Musk
  • “Always solicit critical feedback, particularly from friends. Because, generally, they will be thinking it, but they won’t tell you.” ― Elon Musk
  • “Start somewhere and then really be prepared to question your assumptions, fix what you did wrong, and adapt to reality.” ― Elon Musk
  • “It’s important to create an environment that fosters innovation, but you want to let it evolve in a Darwinian way. You don’t want to, at a high level, at a gut level, pick a technology and decide that that’s the thing that’s going to win because it may not be. You should really let things evolve.” ― Elon Musk
  • “I do think it’s worth thinking about whether what you’re doing is going to result in disruptive change or not. If it’s just incremental, it’s unlikely to be something major. It’s got to be something that’s substantially better than what’s gone on before.” ― Elon Musk
  • “The fundamental problem with cities is that we build cities in 3D. You’ve got these tall buildings with lots of people on each floor, but then you’ve got roads, which are 2D. That obviously just doesn’t work. You’re guaranteed to have gridlock. But you can go 3D if you have tunnels. And you can have many tunnels crisscrossing each other with maybe a few meters of vertical distance between them and completely get rid of traffic problems.” ― 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
  • “From an evolutionary standpoint, human consciousness has not been around very long. A little light just went on after four and a half billion years. How often does that happen? Maybe it is quite rare.” ― 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
  • “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
  • “Some people don’t like change, but you need to embrace change if the alternative is disaster.” ― Elon Musk
  • “Holy flying fuck, that thing took off!” ― Elon Musk
  • “Constantly seek criticism. A well thought out critique of whatever you’re doing is as valuable as gold.” ― Elon Musk
  • “It is important to view knowledge as sort of a semantic tree — make sure you understand the fundamental principles, ie the trunk and big branches, before you get into the leaves/details or there is nothing for them to hang on to.” ― Elon Musk

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