Elon Reeve Musk (1971) is an entrepreneur and investor of South African origin and with Canadian and American nationality. He is the founder, CEO and principal designer of Spacexco-founder of Tesla Motors, Paypal, Hyperloop, Neuralink, SolarCity, The Boring Company and OpenAI. In December 2016, it ranked 21st on the Forbes list of the most powerful people in the world is considered to have a net worth of 22.3 billion dollars and Forbes has rated it as the 54th richest person in the world.
Among its main vital objectives is to try slow down the global warming process stop consuming fossil fuels and change for renewable energy, especially solar energy. In this way it aims to reduce avoiding a possible extinction of the human race. In addition, he has the idea that humanity is able to evolve into a "multiplanetary civilization" through the creation of a permanent human colony on Mars of about one million people.
Many are his achievements both at the business and engineering level, today we wanted to bring a compilation of his best quotes in this post to inspire you.
Famous quotes from Elon Musk
Many things are unlikely, only a few are impossible.
Constantly seeks criticism. A well thought out critique of what you are doing is as valuable as gold.
I think it is possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary.
Failure is an option. If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough.
Patience is a virtue, and I am learning to be patient. It is a hard lesson.
When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.
I could see it happen or be part of it.
It is really up to us as agents of life to extend life to another planet. I believe that being a kind of multiple planets will significantly increase the richness and scope of human experience.
Even if there is a zombie apocalypse, you can still travel using the Tesla supercharging system.
I don't think it's a good idea to plan to sell my company.
Being an entrepreneur is like eating glass and looking at the abyss of death.
When people really understand that it is about dying or dying, if we work hard and strive, we will have a great result; People will give everything they have.
I started SpaceX with the expectation of failure.
One tip: it is important to see knowledge as a kind of semantic tree; make sure you understand the fundamental principles, that is, the trunk and branches, before entering the leaves or the details, or there will be nothing where they can hold on.
If you're trying to start a business, it's like making a cake. You have to put all the ingredients in the right proportion.
When you struggle with a problem, it is when you understand it.
I think we should be very careful with artificial intelligence. If I had to guess what our greatest existential threat is, it is probably that. So we have to be very careful ... With artificial intelligence we are summoning the devil.
The hard part is finding out what questions to ask, but once you know it, the rest is really easy.
People often confuse technology with a static image. It is less like an image and more like a movie. It is the speed of technological innovation that matters. It is the acceleration.
Let's think beyond normal and have an environment where this type of thinking is encouraged and rewarded and where it is also well to fail. Because when you try new things, you try one idea, the other ... well, a large number of them will not work, and that has to be fine. If every time someone has an idea that has to be successful, they won't get people to have more ideas.
What is worth doing is trying to improve our understanding of the world and get a better appreciation of the universe and not worry too much about there being no meaning. You know, try and have fun. Because, in reality, life is quite good. It really is.
America is the spirit of distilled human exploration.
To tell you the truth, I like video games. That was what led me to software engineering when I was a child. I wanted to earn money to buy a better computer to play better video games. Nothing like saving the virtual world.
I concluded that we should aim to increase the scope and scale of human consciousness to better understand what questions to ask. Actually, the only thing that makes sense is to fight for greater collective enlightenment.
When I was in college, I wanted to get involved in things that would change the world.
We are conducting the most dangerous experiment in history at the moment, which is to see how much carbon dioxide the atmosphere can handle before an environmental catastrophe occurs.
I think it is very important to have a feedback cycle, in which you are constantly thinking about what you have done and how you could do better.
The first step is to establish that something is possible; Then the probability will occur.
The space shuttle was often used as an example of why you shouldn't even try to do something reusable. But a failed experiment does not invalidate the major objective. If that were the case, we would never have had the bulb.
Persistence is very important. You should not give up unless you are forced to give up.
Work like the devil. I mean, you just have to put 80 to 100 hours a week every week. This improves the chances of success. If other people are working 40 hours a week and you are working 100, then you will achieve in 4 months what you had been trying for a year.
Some people do not like change, but they must accept the change if the alternative is disaster.
I hate writing about personal things. I don't have a Facebook page. I do not use my Twitter account. I am familiar with both, but I don't use them.
My mentality is that of a samurai. I'd rather commit seppuku than fail.
I think you should always be looking for negative comments.
The biggest mistake, in general, I have made is putting too much weight on someone's talent and not enough on their personality. And I made that mistake several times. I think it really matters if someone has a good heart. I made the mistake of thinking that sometimes it's just about the brain.
Life is too short for long-term grudges.
You want to have a future in which you expect things to improve, not one in which you expect things to get worse.
People must pursue what they are passionate about. That will make them happier than almost anything else.
If something is important enough, you should try it. Even the likely outcome is failure.
Most people can learn much more than they think. They believe themselves incapable without trying.
I am totally sure that solar energy will be at least one of the main energies ... in less than 20 years.
My motivation for all my companies has been to get involved in something that I thought would have a significant impact on the world.
Physics is a good framework for thinking ... Reduce things to their fundamental truths and reason from there.
For me it was never about money, but about solving problems for the future of humanity.
I always had an existential crisis, trying to figure out 'what does all this mean?' I came to the conclusion that if we can advance in the knowledge of the world, if we can expand the scope and scale of consciousness, then we can ask the right questions and be more enlightened. That is the only way forward.
If you wake up in the morning and think that the future will be better, it is a bright day. Otherwise, it is not.
I think that's the best advice: constantly think about how you could be doing things better and questioning yourself.
Big companies are built on big products.
Talent is extremely important. It's like a sports team, the team that has the best individual player often wins, but then there is a multiplier of how these players work together and the strategy they employ.
That's my lesson to take a vacation: vacations will kill you.
If you are co-founder or executive director, you have to do all kinds of tasks that you don't want to do. If you don't do your homework, the company will not succeed. No task is too low.
I tend to approach things from a physics framework. And physics teaches you to reason from the first principles instead of by analogy.
I would not say that I have a lack of fear. In fact, I would like my fear of emotion to be less because it distracts a lot and fills my nervous system.
Biofuels, such as ethanol, require huge amounts of farmland and end up displacing food crops or natural nature, so they are not viable.
I always wanted to be part of something that would radically change the world ... People forget the power of inspiration. All mankind went to the moon with the Apollo missions. The problem was the cost. There was no opportunity to build a base and create frequent flights. That is the problem I would like to solve.
Decades ago, automotive franchise laws were implemented 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 its business.
I want to do things that I love, but also that are useful for other people.
It's okay to have your eggs in a basket as long as you control what happens with that basket.
The future of humanity is going to fork in two directions: it will become a multiplanetary, or it will remain confined on a planet and there will probably be an extinction.
For my part, I will never give up, and I mean never.
We need to be super careful with AI. It is potentially more dangerous than nuclear weapons.
Actually, the only thing that makes sense is to fight for greater collective enlightenment.
We cannot continue burning coal in our power plants. Coal is also a finite resource. We must find alternatives, and it is a better idea to find alternatives before waiting until we run out of coal.
Obviously, it is difficult to convert cellulose into a useful biofuel. I think that in reality the most efficient way to use cellulose is to burn it in a cogeneration power plant. That will produce the most energy and that is something you can do today.
In fact, I made a prediction that in 30 years the majority of new cars manufactured in the United States will be electric. And I don't mean hybrids, I mean totally electric.
An asteroid or supervolcano could certainly destroy us, but we also run the risk of dinosaurs never seeing it: an artificial virus, a nuclear war, the inadvertent creation of a black micro hole, or some unknown technology could mean our end.
When we started with Tesla at the beginning, if they asked me what were the chances of success, I would have said less than 50%. I would have said that failure is the most likely outcome.
I would like to die on Mars.
You can simply reload, propel it and fly again. This is extremely important to revolutionize access to space because as long as we continue to send rockets and spaceships, we will never really have access to space.
I think it matters if someone has a good heart.
Well, my motivation behind Tesla is really doing the greatest good possible for the environment and the electric vehicle revolution. I think there is still a lot of work to do and if we had to sell it to a large company, I am not sure that it will progress at the same rate.
I am nauseatingly pro-American. I would have come from any country. The United States is where great things are possible.
We need to discover how to have the things we love and not destroy the world.
Starting and growing a business is as much about innovation, momentum and determination of the people who do it as about the product they sell.
What I am trying to do is maximize the probability that the future is better.
With artificial intelligence we are summoning the devil.
The only reason I could achieve things is the great people willing to work with me. A company is a group of people organized to create a product or service, and that product or service is as good as the people in the company and how excited they are to create it. I want to recognize a lot of super talented people. Without them, I would have achieved very little. I am only the face of companies.
People work best when they know what the goal is and why. It is important that people want to come to work in the morning and enjoy working.
You have to be quite motivated for this to happen. Otherwise, you will feel miserable.
We need things in life that are exciting and inspiring. It's not just about solving a horrible problem. There must be reasons to get up in the morning.
I think that is something important to do, really pay attention to negative comments and request them, particularly from friends. This may seem like simple advice, but hardly anyone does, and it is incredibly useful.
Engineering is the closest to the magic that exists in the world.
There have only been about half a dozen really important events during life on Earth for four billion years: single-celled life, multicellular life, differentiation between plants and animals, movement of animals from water to land and the advent of mammals and awareness.
When Henry Ford manufactured cheap and reliable cars, people said, "No, what about the horses?" That was a great bet he made, and it worked.
I read books and talked with people. I mean that is something about how one learns something. There are many great books and many intelligent people.
You should not do things differently just because they are different. They need to be better.
You have to be extremely rigorous to do your best. So find everything that is wrong and fix it.
I think there are more politicians in favor of electric cars than against. There are still some who are against it, and I think the reasoning varies depending on the person, but in some cases, they simply do not believe in climate change, they believe that oil will last forever.
Financed by the government means only financed by the people. Government, by the way, has no money. It only takes people money. Sometimes people forget that this is really what happens.
One day I thought: 'Well, what are some of the other problems that most likely affect the future of humanity?' I didn't think from the perspective, 'What is the best way to earn money?'