Elon Musk isn’t an average billionaire. Elon Musk has topped Bill Gates to become the world’s second-richest man after a meteoric rise in his fortune. Mr. Elon Musk’s net worth jumped by $7.2 billion to $128 billion after shares in his car firm, Tesla, surged. He’s the founding father of SpaceX, Tesla, and Zip2, among others. He was also one of the people responsible for the success of PayPal. Presently, he serves as CEO and Chief Designer (CDO) of SpaceX, Tesla’s CEO and product architect, and SolarCity’s chair. He launched plans for a crazy Hyperloop transportation system and runs Tesla, the electric car firm taking the automotive market by storm. Through his wealth in building companies working to change the world, Musk has become one of the most influential businessmen alive in the present day.
Naturally, he has dropped some gems of wisdom over the years. We collected 229 of the very best ones. Listed here are 229 most notable and influential Elon Musk quotes that will inspire your success and happiness.
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1. A company is a group organized to create a product or service; 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 happen to be the face of the companies.
2. As you heat the planet, it’s just like boiling a pot.
3. 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.
4. As much as possible, only hire MBAs. MBA programs need to teach people how to create companies.
5. Any product that needs a manual to work is broken.
6. A Prius is not a true hybrid. The current Prius is, like, 2 percent electric. It’s a gasoline car with slightly better mileage.
7. A battery, by definition, is a collection of cells. So the cell is a little can of chemicals. And the challenge is taking a very high-energy cell, and a large number of them, and combining them safely into a giant battery.
8. America is the spirit of human exploration distilled.
9. A utility can handle up to 20% of solar production, which helps the grid because it produces electricity when needed. Solar power peaks in the middle of the day, and that’s also when air conditioning is running and businesses are operating, so power production matches usage.
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10. Brand is just a perception that will match reality over time. Sometimes it will be ahead; other times, it will be behind. But the brand is simply a collective impression some have about a product.
11. Biofuels such as ethanol require enormous amounts of cropland and end up displacing either food crops or natural wilderness, neither of which is good.
12. Being an entrepreneur is like eating a glass and staring into the abyss of death.
13. Buy and hold stock in companies where you love the product roadmap, and sell where you don’t.
14. Boeing just took Boeing $20 billion and 10 years to improve their planes’ efficiency by 10 percent. That’s pretty lame. I have a design in mind for a vertical liftoff supersonic jet that would considerably improve.
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15. Constantly seek criticism. A well-thought-out critique of whatever you’re doing is as valuable as gold.
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16. Don’t confuse schooling with education. I didn’t go to Harvard, but the people that work for me did.
17. Disruptive technology, where you have a significant technology discontinuity… tends to come from new companies.
18. Don’t delude yourself into thinking something’s working when it’s not, or you’ll get fixated on the wrong solution.
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19. Every person in your company is a vector. The sum of all vectors determines your progress.
20. Even if producing CO2 was good for the environment, given that we’re going to run out of hydrocarbons, we need to find some sustainable means of operating.
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21. For all the Tesla supporters over the years, and it’s been several years now, and there have been some callous times, I’d like to say thank you very much. I sincerely appreciate the support, mainly through the darkest times.
22. Facebook is quite entrenched and has a network effect. It’s easier to break into a network once it’s formed.
23. From an evolutionary standpoint, human consciousness has been around for a while. A little light just went on after four and a half billion years. How often does that happen? It may be rare.
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24. The government could do better at keeping up with the 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.
25. Great companies are built on great products.
26. Good ideas are always crazy until they’re not.
27. Generally, the view that I’ve had on Twitter is that if you’re on Twitter, you’re in, like, meme land—you’re in meme war land. If you’re on Twitter, you’re in the arena. And so, if you attack me, it is OK for me to strike back.
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28. Here in the West, people often don’t like listening to their leaders, even if they are right.
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29. 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 here.
30. I wish we could be private with Tesla. It makes us less efficient to be a public company.
31. To have your voice heard in Washington, you must make a small contribution.
32. Tesla will most likely develop its autopilot system for the car because I believe it should be camera-based, not lidar-based. However, it is also possible that we will do something together with Google.
33. Life on Earth must be about more than just solving problems… It’s got to be something inspiring, even if it is vicarious.
34. 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, transmit images, fly, and access vast amounts of data like an oracle. These things would have been considered magic a few hundred years ago.
35. If you get up in the morning and think the future will be better, it is a bright day. Otherwise, it’s not.
36. I’m a Silicon Valley guy. I think people from Silicon Valley can do anything.
37. We must maintain the light of consciousness to ensure it continues.
38. Ordinary people can choose to be extraordinary.
39. There are many potentials if you have a compelling product and people are willing to pay a premium for that. That is what Apple has shown. You can buy a much cheaper cell phone or laptop, but Apple’s product is so much better than the alternative, and people are willing to pay that premium.
40. If you think back to the beginning of cell phones, laptops, or any new technology, it’s always expensive.
41. It’s OK to have your eggs in one basket if you control what happens to that basket.
42. I’m trying to construct a world that maximizes SpaceX’s probability of continuing its mission without me.
43. I’m interested in things that change the world or affect the future, and in wondrous, new technology where you see it, and you’re like, ‘Wow, how did that even happen? How is that possible?’
44. I’m optimistic about the future of the century, especially the United States’ future.
45. It’s essential to have a feedback loop where you’re always thinking about what you’ve done and how you could be doing it better. That’s the best advice: think about how you could do things better and question yourself.
46. That’s the best advice: always think about how to do things better and question yourself.
47. I could either watch it happen or be a part of it.
48. I take the position that I’m always, to some degree, wrong, and the aspiration is to be less harmful.
49. I have yet to read any books on time management. SpaceX would not have been able to get started, nor would we have made progress without NASA’s help.
50. For us to have an exciting and inspiring future, it has to be one where we’re a space-bearing civilization.
51. I really do encourage other manufacturers to bring electric cars to market. It’s a good thing, and they need to bring it to market and keep iterating and improving and make better and better electric cars, which will result in humanity achieving a sustainable transport future. I wish it were growing faster than it is.
52. If humanity doesn’t land on Mars in my lifetime, I will be very disappointed.
53. If humanity is to become multi-planetary, the fundamental breakthrough that needs to occur in rocketry is a wholly and rapidly reusable rocket … achieving it would be on a par with what the Wright brothers did. It’s the fundamental thing necessary for humanity to become a space-faring civilization. America would never have been colonized if ships weren’t reusable.
54. I don’t create companies for the sake of creating companies but to get things done.
55. I would question things… It would infuriate my parents… I wouldn’t just believe them when they said something because I’d ask them why. And then I’d consider whether that response made sense given everything else I knew.
56. I wouldn’t say I have a lack of fear. I want my fear emotion to be less because it’s very distracting and fries my nervous system.
57. If you don’t have sustainable energy, you have unsustainable power. 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.
58. I want to retire before I go senile because if I don’t quit before I go senile, then I’ll do more damage than good at that point.
59. If you had to buy a new plane every time you flew somewhere, it would be costly.
60. 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 inputs’ cost, then that is my core skill.
61. I say something, and then it usually happens. Maybe off schedule, but it usually happens.
62. The best way to attract venture capital is to demonstrate whatever product or service it is and, ideally, take it as far as possible. Just see if you can sell that to real customers and start generating some momentum. The further you can get with that, the more likely you will get funding.
63. I will never be happy without having someone. Going to sleep alone kills me.
64. I don’t believe in the process. When I interview a potential employee, they say that ‘it’s all about the process,’ I see that as a bad sign. The problem is that the process becomes a substitute for thinking at many big companies. You’re encouraged to behave like a bit of gear in a complex machine. It allows you to keep people who could be more innovative and creative.
65. Whenever something is – whenever there’s something that affects the public good, then there does need to be some form of public oversight.
66. Indeed, SpaceX is partially a government contractor, but it would be unfair to say that SpaceX is entirely a government contractor.
67. There should be some regulations on A.I.
68. In Apple’s case, they initially did production internally but then 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.
69. I don’t spend time pontificating about high-concept things; I spend my time-solving engineering and manufacturing problems.
70. It’s essential to like the people you work with; otherwise, life [and] your job will be pretty miserable.
71. I’m glad that BMW is bringing an electric car to market. That’s cool.
72. 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.
73. 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.
74. I think you should always bear in mind that entropy is not on your side.
75. I think there are more politicians in favor of electric cars than against them. There are still some against it, 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.
76. I’ve been to Disneyland, like, 10 times. I’m getting tired of Disneyland.
77. I usually describe myself as an engineer; that’s basically what I’ve been doing since I was a kid.
78. 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 correct answer (two people who don’t know something are no better than one), will tend to slow down progress and make the task incredibly expensive.
79. I was raised by books. Books, and then my parents.
80. I constantly invest my money in the companies I create. I don’t believe in the whole thing of just using other people’s money. That’s not right. I’m not going to ask other people to invest in something if I’m not prepared to do so myself.
81. I would like to die on Mars. Just not on impact.
82. 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.
83. I have made the mistaken assumption – and I will attempt to be better at this – of thinking that it is an open season because somebody is on Twitter and is attacking me. And that is my mistake.
84. It’s not as though we can keep burning coal in our power plants. Coal is a finite resource, too. We must find alternatives, and it’s a better idea to find options sooner than wait until we run out of coal, and in the meantime, God knows how many trillions of tons of CO2 used to be buried underground in the atmosphere.
85. I think we are at the dawn of a new era in commercial space exploration.
86. If you’re a 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 job is too menial.
87. If you look at our current technology level, something strange has happened to civilizations, and I mean odd in the wrong way. And there are a whole lot of dead, one-planet cultures.
88. I don’t think it’s a good idea to plan to sell a company.
89. It is important to view knowledge as a semantic tree. Make sure you understand the fundamental principles, the trunk, and the big branches, before you get into the leaves/details, or there is nothing for them to hang on to.
90. I tend to approach things from a physics framework. And physics teaches you to reason from first principles rather than by analogy.
91. It would be great to be born on Earth and die on Mars. Just hopefully, not at the point of impact.
92. If I’m not in love, I cannot be happy if I’m not with a long-term companion.
93. It’s important to reason from first principles rather than by analogy. The standard way we conduct our lives is we reason by analogy. [With analogy] we are doing this because it’s like something else that was done or what other people are doing. [With first principles], you boil things down to the most fundamental truths… and then reason up from there.
94. If you need inspiration, don’t do it.
95. If you want to grow a giant redwood, you need to ensure the seeds are ok, nurture the sapling, and work out what might potentially stop it from growing all the way. Anything that breaks it at any point prevents that growth.
96. I’m anti-tax, but I’m pro-carbon tax.
97. 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 fast and work hard to improve your product technology, or you get destroyed by another company.
98. I think there should be regulations on social media to the degree that it negatively affects the public good.
99. 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 quickly if America has the will.
100. I concluded that we should aspire to increase the scope and scale of human consciousness to understand better what questions to ask. The only thing that makes sense is to strive for greater collective enlightenment.
101. If you’re not concerned about A.I. safety, you should be. Vastly more risk than North Korea.
102. It’s tricky to convert cellulose to a helpful biofuel. 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.
103. It’s essential that we attempt to extend life beyond Earth now. It is the first time in the four billion-year history of Earth that it’s been possible, and that window could be open for a long time – hopefully, it is – or it could be available for a short time. We should err on the side of caution and do something now.
104. I want to die on Mars, just not on impact.
105. In terms of the Internet, it’s like humanity acquiring a collective nervous system. Whereas previously, we were more like a [?], a collection of cells communicated by diffusion. With the advent of the Internet, it was suddenly like we got a nervous system. It’s a hugely impactful thing.
106. I could go and buy one of the islands in the Bahamas and turn it into my fiefdom, but I am much more interested in trying to build and
create a new company.
107. If you buy a ticket to hell, it isn’t fair to blame suffering.
108. It’s hard to get to another star system. Alpha Centauri is four light-years away, so if you go at 10 percent of the speed of light, it’s going to take you 40 years, assuming you can instantly reach that speed, which isn’t going to be the case. You have to accelerate. You must build up to 20 or 30 percent and then slow down, assuming you want to stay at Alpha Centauri and not go zipping past. It’s just hard. With current life spans, you need generational ships. You need antimatter drives because that’s the most mass-efficient. It’s doable, but it’s super slow.
109. If the rules are such that you can’t progress, you must fight the regulations.
110. If anyone thinks they’d rather be in a different part of history, they’re probably not a good history student. Life sucked in the old days. People knew very little, and you were likely to die at a young age of some horrible disease. You’d probably have no teeth by now. It would be particularly awful if you were a woman.
111. I do love email. Wherever possible, I try to communicate asynchronously. I’m good at email.
112. I like the word ‘autopilot’ more than I like the name ‘self-driving.’ ‘Self-driving’ sounds like it will do something you don’t want it to do. ‘Autopilot’ is an excellent thing to have in planes, and we should have it in cars.
113. In the long term, you can see Tesla establishing factories in Europe, other parts of the U.S., and Asia.
114. I like computer games, but if I made great computer games, how much effect would that have on the world?
115. I want to fly in space. Absolutely. That would be cool. I used to do personally risky things, but now I’ve got kids and responsibilities, so I can’t be my test pilot. That would be a bad idea. But I want to fly as soon as it’s a sensible thing to do.
116. If something is important enough, you do it even if the odds aren’t in your favor.
117. I’m a moderate and registered independent, so I’m not strongly Democratic or Republican.
118. 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 progress.
119. I’ve predicted that within 30 years, most new cars made in the United States will be electric. And I don’t mean hybrid; I mean fully electric.
120. If something is important enough, you should try even if the probable outcome is a failure.
121. I care very deeply about the people at Tesla. I have an outstanding debt to the people of Tesla who are making the company successful.
122. If you’re entering anything where there’s an existing marketplace against large, entrenched competitors, then your product or service needs to be much better than theirs. It can’t be a little bit better because then you put yourself in the shoes of the consumer… you’re always going to buy the trusted brand unless there’s a big difference.
123. If we drive down the cost of transportation in space, we can do great things.
124. It is true that the fundamental enabling technology for electric cars is lithium-ion as a cell chemistry technology. Without that, it isn’t possible to make an electric car that is competitive with a gasoline car.
125. If people are concerned about volatility, they should refrain from buying our stock. I’m not here [on an earnings call] to convince you to buy [Tesla] stock. Only buy it if volatility is safe. There you go.
126. In the early days of aviation, there was much experimentation and a high death rate.
127. I think many Americans 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 many people.
128. I think most of the important stuff on the Internet has been built. There will be continued innovation, but the Internet’s significant problems have essentially been solved.
129. It is theoretically possible to warp spacetime itself, so you’re not moving faster than the speed of light, but it’s space that’s moving.
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130. Life needs to be more than just solving problems every day. You need to wake up and be excited about the future.
131. Life is too short for long-term grudges.
132. Land on Mars, a round-trip ticket – half a million dollars. It can be done.
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133. My vision is for a fully reusable rocket transport system between Earth and Mars that can re-fuel on Mars – this is very important – so you don’t have to carry the return fuel when you go there.
134. My biggest mistake is weighing too much on someone’s talent and not on someone’s personality. It matters whether someone has a good heart.
135. Man has the power to act as his destroyer – that is how he has worked through most of his history.
136. 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.
137. My opinion is it’s a bridge too far to go to fully autonomous cars.
138. My rough guess is that there are enough people who could afford to go and would want to go for a half-million dollars. But it’s not going to be a vacation tour. It will be saving up all your money and selling all your stuff. Like when people moved to the early American colonies. Even at a million people, you’re assuming an incredible amount of productivity per person because you would need to recreate the entire industrial base on Mars. You would need to mine and refine these different materials in a much more challenging environment than Earth.
139. My motivation for all my companies has been to be involved in something that I thought would significantly impact the world.
140. Mars is the only place in the solar system where life can become multi-planetarian.
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141. Nobody wants to buy a $60,000 electric Civic. But people will pay $90,000 for an electric sports car.
142. No, I don’t ever give up. I’d have to be dead or completely incapacitated.
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143. Obviously, Tesla is about helping sustainably solve energy consumption, but you sustainably need energy production.
144. One of the insensitive things is figuring out what questions to ask. Once you figure out the problem, then the answer is relatively easy.
145. 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.
146. One of the biggest mistakes we made was trying to automate things that are super easy for a person but super hard for a robot.
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147. Physics is figuring out how to discover new things that are counterintuitive, like quantum mechanics. It’s counterintuitive.
148. Persistence is essential. It would be best if you did not give up unless you are forced to give up.
149. Particularly on Instagram, people look like they have a much better life than they do. People are way better-looking than they are, and they are way happier-seeming than they are.
150. Patience is a virtue, and I’m learning patience. It’s a harsh lesson.
151. People work better when they know what the goal is and why. People must look forward to coming to work in the morning and enjoy working.
152. People should pursue what they’re passionate about. That will make them happier than pretty much anything else.
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153. Really pay attention to negative feedback and solicit it, particularly from friends. Hardly anyone does that, and it’s beneficial.
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154. Stationary storage will be as ample as the car business long term. The growth rate will probably be several times what it is for the car business.
155. 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.
156. SpaceX is only 12 years old now. Between now and 2040, the company’s lifespan will have tripled. If we have a linear improvement in technology, as opposed to logarithmic, we should have a significant base on Mars, perhaps with thousands or tens of thousands of people.
157. Selling an electric sports car creates an opportunity to change how America drives fundamentally.
158. Silicon Valley has evolved a critical mass of engineers and venture capitalists and all the support structure – the law firms, the real estate, all geared toward accepting startups.
159. Silicon Valley has some of the world’s most innovative engineers and technology business people.
160. Some companies quote a substantial production start before customers get their cars.
161. Self-driving cars are the natural extension of active safety and something we should do.
162. So we initially expected to make about 35 gigawatt-hours at the cell level and about 50 gigawatt-hours at the module or pack level. We plan to do 150 gigawatt-hours in the same volumetric space as the original design.
163. Some people don’t like change, but you need to embrace change if the alternative is a disaster.
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164. There must be reasons that you get up in the morning and want to live. Why do you want to live? What’s the point? What inspires you? What do you love about the future? If the end does not include being out there among the stars and being a multi-planet species, I find that incredibly depressing.
165. There’s a tremendous bias against taking risks. Everyone is trying to optimize their ass-covering.
166. The problem with car dealerships is you’ve already decided what you want to buy before you even go there, and you’re just going there to talk through some annoying negotiation.
167. There’s no better place in the world for technology startups than Silicon Valley; there’s such an incredible well of talent, capital, and resources. The whole system is set up to foster the creation of new companies.
168. There are some essential differences between Tony Stark and me. I have five kids, so I spend more time going to Disneyland than parties.
169. The reason we should do a carbon tax is that it’s the right thing to do. It’s economics 101, elementary stuff.
170. Trying to read our DNA is like trying to understand software code – with only 90% of the code riddled with errors. In that case, it’s challenging to understand and predict what that software code will do.
171. The factory is the machine that builds the machine.
172. The lessons of history suggest that civilizations move in cycles. You can track that back quite far – the Babylonians, the Sumerians, followed by the Egyptians, the Romans, and China. We’re in a very upward cycle right now; hopefully, that remains the case. But it may not.
173. The revolutionary breakthrough will come with rockets that are fully and rapidly reusable. We will only conquer Mars if 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.
174. The pace of progress on Mars depends upon the rate of progress of SpaceX.
175. The U.S. automotive industry has been selling cars the same way for over 100 years, and many laws are in place to govern precisely how that is to be accomplished.
176. The fuel cell is just a fundamentally lousy way of delivering electrical energy to an electric motor than batteries.
177. Talent is essential. It’s like a sports team. The team with the best individual player will often win, but then there’s a multiplier in how those players work together and their strategies.
178. Tesla is here to stay and keep fighting for the electric car revolution.
The future of humanity will bifurcate in two directions: Either it’s going to become multi-planetary, or it’s going to remain confined to one planet, and eventually, there’s going to be an extinction event.
179. There’s a silly notion that failure’s not an option at NASA. Failure is an option here. If things are not failing, you need to be innovating more.
180. The revolutionary breakthrough will come with rockets that are fully and rapidly reusable. We will only conquer Mars if 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.
181. The rumors of the demise of the U.S. manufacturing industry are greatly exaggerated.
182. Tesla’s goal is to accelerate sustainable energy, so we’re going to take a step back and think about what’s most likely to achieve that goal.
183. The reality is gas prices should be much more expensive than they are because we’re not incorporating the actual damage to the environment. And the hidden costs of mining oil and transporting it to the U.S. Whenever you have an unpriced externality. You have a bit of a market failure to the degree that eternality remains unpriced.
184. The first step is establishing that something is possible; then, the probability will occur.
185. The X is a fantastic car, but we got carried away with art and technology. You want great art. You want great technology. But we did get a little distracted from our mission, which was to advance electric vehicles cause. And it delayed us a little bit with the Model 3 as well.
186. 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 were the case, we’d never have had the light bulb.
187. The CEO’s office path 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.
188. The value of beauty and inspiration is very much underrated, no question. But I want to be clear: I’m not trying to be anyone’s savior. I want to think about the future and not be sad.
189. They were building a Ferrari for every launch when a Honda Accord might do the trick.
190. Two things must occur for 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.
191. 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 to buy a better computer to play better video games – nothing like saving the world.
192. The odds of me coming into the rocket business, not knowing anything about rockets, not having ever built anything, I would have to be insane if I thought the odds were in my favor.
193. The idea of lying on a beach as my main thing sounds like the worst. It doesn’t sound delightful to me. I would go bonkers. I would have to be on serious drugs. I’d be super-duper bored. I like high intensity.
194. There needs to be an intersection between the set of people who wish to go and the group of people who can afford to go… and that intersection of clusters has to be enough to establish a self-sustaining civilization.
195. There would be no trees growing. There would be no oxygen or nitrogen that is just there. No oil. Excluding organic growth, if you could take 100 people at a time, you would need 10,000 trips to get to a million people. But you would also need a lot of cargo to support those people. Your cargo-to-person ratio is going to be relatively high. It would be 10 cargo trips for every human trip, more like 100,000 trips. And we’re talking 100,000 trips of a giant spaceship… If we can establish a Mars colony, we can almost certainly colonize the whole Solar System because we’ll have created a healthy economic forcing function to improve space travel.
196. Take risks now and do something bold. You won’t regret it.
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197. Yeah, well, anyone who likes fast cars will love Tesla. And it has fantastic handling, by the way. I mean, this car will crush a Porsche on the track; destroy it. So if you like fast cars, you’ll love this car. And then, by the way, it happens to be electric, and it’s twice the efficiency of a Prius.
198. You shouldn’t do things differently just because they’re different. They need to be better.
199. You have to say, ‘Well, why did it succeed where others did not?’
200. You want a future where you expect things to be better, not one where you expect things to be worse.
201. You should take the approach that you’re mistaken. Your goal is to be less wrong.
202. You get paid in direct proportion to the difficulty of the problems you solve.
203. 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.
204. You could warm Mars up, over time, with greenhouse gases.
205. You need to be in a position where the fuel cost matters and not the cost of building the rocket in the first place.
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206. Work like hell. You have to put in 80 to 100-hour weeks every week. [This] improves the odds of success. If other people are putting in 40-hour workweeks and you’re putting in 100-hour workweeks, then even if you’re doing the same thing, you know that you will achieve in four months what it takes them a year to complete.
207. We are the first species capable of self-annihilation.
208. With DNA, you must be able to tell which genes are turned on or off. Current DNA sequencing cannot do that. The next generation of DNA sequencing needs to be able to do this. If somebody invents this, then we can start to very precisely identify cures for diseases.
209. When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.
210. When I was a little kid, I was terrified of the dark. But then I understood that dark means the absence of photons in the visible wavelength–400 to 700 nanometers. Then I thought it was ridiculous to fear a lack of photons. Then I wasn’t scared of the dark anymore after that.
211. When I was a child, there’s one thing I said: ‘I never want to be alone.’ That’s what I would say.
212. We polled Tesla owners. Do you want autopilot disabled or not? Not one person wanted it disabled. That’s pretty telling.
213. When I was in college, I wanted to be involved in things that would change the world.
214. 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.
215. We’re going to make it happen. As God is my bloody witness, I’m hell-bent on making it work.
216. 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.
217. What makes innovative thinking happen? It’s a mindset. You have to decide.
218. We’ll go to Jupiter’s moons, some of the outer ones, and probably Titan on Saturn and the asteroids. Once we have that forcing function and an Earth-to-Mars economy, we’ll cover the whole Solar System. But the key is that we have to make the Mars thing work. 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 civilization. That’s the next step.
219. When I was a child, there’s one thing I said: ‘I never want to be alone.’ That’s what I would say. I don’t want to be alone.
220. We could make a flying car – but that’s not the hard part. The hard part is, how do you make a flying car that’s super safe and quiet? Because if it’s a howler, you’re going to make people very unhappy.
221. We have a strict ‘no-assholes policy’ at SpaceX.
222. 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 collectively amount to tremendous innovation.
223. Winning’ Motor Trend’ Car of the year is the closest thing to winning the Oscar or Emmy of the car industry.
224. We’re running the most dangerous experiment in history right now, which is to see how much carbon dioxide the atmosphere… can handle before an environmental catastrophe.
225. What I’m trying to do is make a significant difference in space flight. And help make space flight accessible to almost anyone.
226. With artificial intelligence, we are summoning the demon. You know all those stories where there’s the guy with the pentagram and the holy water, and he’s like, yeah, he’s sure he can control the demon? Doesn’t work out.
227. We’re already cyborgs. Your phone and computer are extensions of you, but the interface is through finger movements or speech, which are very slow.
228. We can’t have, like, willy-nilly proliferation of fake news. That’s crazy. You can’t have more types of fake news than accurate information. That’s allowing public deception to go unchecked. That’s crazy.
229. What most people know but don’t realize they know is that the world is almost entirely solar-powered already. If the sun weren’t there, we’d be an ice ball at three degrees Kelvin, and the sun powers the entire system of precipitation. The whole ecosystem is solar-powered.
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According to Wikipedia, Elon Reeve Musk is a business magnate, industrial designer, and engineer. He is the founder, CEO, and chief engineer of SpaceX; angel investor, CEO and product architect of Tesla, Inc.; founder of The Boring Company; co-founder of Neuralink and OpenAI; president of the Musk Foundation; and the owner and CEO of Twitter, Inc. With an estimated net worth of around $195 billion as of November 4, 2022, Musk is the wealthiest person in the world, according to both the Bloomberg Billionaires Index and Forbes’s real-time billionaire list.
Elon Musk was born in Pretoria, South Africa, on June 28, 1971. He is the son of a Canadian model (Maye Musk) and a South-African electromechanical engineer (Errol Musk). His dad and mom divorced in 1980, after which Musk lived together with his father.
When he was 10 years old, he found the Commodore VIC-20. He taught himself to program and sold a video game coded in BASIC two years later. BASIC is an imperative programming language that was initially supposed to assist people in learning to program in a short time. The game was known as Blastar, and he sold it to P.C. and Office Technology journal for $500 quickly after.
As a baby, Musk attended the independent Waterkloof House Preparatory School. He did his last exams at Pretoria Boys High School and moved to Canada in June of 1989. He then turned into a Canadian citizen via his Canadian mom.
In 1989 Elon Musk was admitted to Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. In 1992, after two years at Queen’s University, Musk left for the University of Pennsylvania, the place he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Penn’s College of Arts and Sciences and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Musk continued for another year to get his second bachelor.
Throughout his studies at the University of Pennsylvania, Musk and fellow student Adeo Ressi bought a student house to use as a nightclub. In 1995, at 24, Musk moved to California to get his Ph.D. in physics from Stanford University. However, after just two days, he left the university to begin his companies within the Internet, sustainable energy, and space. He became an American citizen in 2002.
He is already a more significant programmer when he is twelve years old than his teachers. At 24, he gave up his studies at Stanford University to begin his first enterprise. 4 years later, that enterprise was valued at $300 million and was bought by Compaq. In 2002 eBay bought one of his different companies – PayPal – for a considerable sum of $1.5 billion. He invests his vital fortune in SpaceX (2002), Tesla Motors (2004), and SolarCity (2006).
Now Tesla is the most valuable car company globally, despite producing a fraction of the vehicles of rivals such as Toyota, General Motors, and V.W.
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