Elon Musk is a South African-born American entrepreneur who cofounded companies like PayPal, SpaceX, and Tesla.
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If something is important enough, even if the odds are stacked against you, you should still do it.
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.
Constantly seek criticism. A well thought out critique of whatever you're doing is as valuable as gold.
Constantly think about how you could be doing things better and keep questioning yourself.
Don't confuse schooling with education. I didn't go to Harvard but the people that work for me did.
Failure is an option here. if things are not failing, you are not innovating.
Good ideas are always crazy until they're not.
Great companies are built on great products.
I could either watch it happen or be a part of it.
I think it is possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary.
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.
If something is important enough you should try, even if the probable outcome is a failure.
If something is important enough, even if the odds are against you, you should still do it.
If the rules are such that you can't make progress, then you have to fight the rules.
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.
If you need inspiring words, don't do it.
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.
It is possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary.
It's ok to have your eggs in one basket as long as you control what happens to that basket.
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.
Life is too short for long-term grudges.
No, I don't ever give up. I'd have to be dead or completely incapacitated
Patience is a virtue, and I'm learning patience. It's a tough lesson.
Persistence is very important. You should not give up unless you are forced to give up.
Rockets are cool. There's no getting around that.
Some people don't like change, but you need to embrace change if the alternative is disaster.
Starting and growing a business is as much about the innovation, drive, and determination of the people behind it as the product they sell.
Take risks now and do something bold. You won't regret it.
The first step is to establish that something is possible. Then probability will occur.
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 favor.
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.
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.
When I was in college, I wanted to be involved in things that would change the world.
When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.
You have to be pretty driven to make it happen. Otherwise, you will just make yourself miserable.
Your Will is the most accurate way to predict the Future.
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