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25 Elon Musk Quotes On Success & The Future of Space



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Elon Musk Quotes

Our latest collection of insightful Elon Musk quotes on Everyday Power Blog.


Elon Musk‘s massive success has spanned products, online payment systems, electric cars, energy production and now space adventure. Musk is an icon for start-up success and is paving the way for a new innovative future for social entrepreneurs.


We have had a great time searching the web for some of our favorite Elon Musk quotes and wanted to provide a wide range on insights from one of the worlds most influential billionaires. Elon is defiantly Living with Power!


A Few of Elon’s Accomplishments


  • Founded Zip2, his first company an sold it for $300,000,000 at 23


  • Used $10,000,000 from the sale of Zip2 to fund, create and launch PayPal


  • Next company created: SolarCity, for the purpose of making solar energy more affordable


  • CEO of Tesla Motors who are driven to make inexpensive (relatively inexpensive, of course) electric cars


Elon Musk Quotes and Life Lessons About Impact, Innovation and Success

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

Elon is defiantly not afraid to fail. With his companies almost going bankrupt in the past, it has caused him to re-evaluate, re-launch and come back 10X stronger.


2.) “If something is important enough, even if the odds are against you, you should still do it.” – Elon Musk

Don’t focus on the odds, focus on what gives you and your life some meaning. Odds are meant to be defied.


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

Start with the basics and build from there. You can’t master something by overlooking the fundamentals.


4.) “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

Focus on who you are and what your creating. Your brand will follow.


5.) “The first step is to establish that something is possible; then  – Elon Muskprobability will occur.”

Wether it’s through science, logic or imagination – decide it’s possible. Once you do that,  you’ve already increased the odds of the desired outcome.


6.) “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

Real friends who have your best interest at heart are not giving you negative feedback to crush your dream. Use it to correct the flaws and come back stronger.


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

Yes it might be scary, but if you want something great to happen you have to go ALL IN! In our gut, we know when we are fully committed and when we are not. Don’t just focus on the result, focus on aligning your actions so that each task completed moves you one step closer, even if it’s a baby step.

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

Many times we quit just before we are about to have a breakthrough, make a new connection or have given appropriate time for the desired results. Be committed for the long haul.


9.) “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

Many times the hard skills, such as there skills that are needed for the job are much easier to teach and learn than the soft skills needed for teamwork, leadership and influence. Skills can be learned, but intention comes from within. You can’t teach or train heart.


10.) “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

Creating a personal and professional culture of optimism and vision is essential for any dynamic and innovative organization.



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


12.) “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


13.) “Patience is a virtue, and I’m learning patience. It’s a tough lesson.” – Elon Musk


14.) “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


15.) “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


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


17.) “If something’s important enough, you should try. Even if the probable outcome is failure.” – Elon Musk

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


19.) “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


20.) “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

21.) “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


22.) “Life is too short for long-term grudges.” – Elon Musk


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


24.) “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


25.) “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.” – Elon Musk

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