Elon Musk is an Entrepreneur and founder of SPACE X. Here Micro Tales presents some of his best advices through his quotes.
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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.
Some people don’t like change, but you need to embrace change if the alternative is disaster.
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.
I would like to die on Mars. Just not on impact.
If something’s important enough, you should try. Even if – the probable outcome is failure.
Patience is a virtue, and I’m learning patience. It’s a tough lesson.
There have to be reasons that you get up in the morning and you 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 future does not include being out there among the stars and being a multi-planet species, I find that incredibly depressing.
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. I think that’s the single best piece of advice: constantly think about how you could be doing things better and questioning yourself.
It’s OK to have your eggs in one basket as long as you control what happens to that basket.
Life is too short for long-term grudges.
Great companies are built on great products.
Any product that needs a manual to work is broken.
Self-driving cars are the natural extension of active safety and obviously something we should do.
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.
Really, the only thing that makes sense is to strive for greater collective enlightenment.
I think that’s the single best piece of advice: constantly think about how you could be doing things better and questioning yourself.
Brand is just a perception, and perception will match reality over time. Sometimes it will be ahead, other times it will be behind. But a brand is simply a collective impression some have about a product.
I think you should always bear in mind that entropy is not on your side.
We’re running the most dangerous experiment in history right now, which is to see how much carbon dioxide the atmosphere has… can handle before there is an environmental catastrophe.
There’s a silly notion that failure’s not an option at NASA. Failure is an option here. If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough.
People should pursue what they’re passionate about. That will make them happier than pretty much anything else.
When I was in college, I wanted to be involved in things that would change the world.
I think it matters whether someone has a good heart.
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.
I think we are at the dawn of a new era in commercial space exploration.
Rockets are cool. There’s no getting around that.
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, to transmit images, flying, accessing vast amounts of data like an oracle. These are all things that would have been considered magic a few hundred years ago.
I don’t create companies for the sake of creating companies, but to get things done.
I will never be happy without having someone. Going to sleep alone kills me.
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 so I could buy a better computer to play better video games – nothing like saving the world.
Land on Mars, a round-trip ticket – half a million dollars. It can be done.
The problem is that at a lot of big companies, process becomes a substitute for thinking. You’re encouraged to behave like a little gear in a complex machine. Frankly, it allows you to keep people who aren’t that smart, who aren’t that creative.