Top 50 Elon Musk Quotes about Success & Entrepreneurship

Elon Musk is a technology entrepreneur, investor, and engineer. Here we share Top 50 best Elon Musk Quotes Will Inspire Your Success and Happiness. He is the founder, CEO, and lead designer of SpaceX, Tesla, Neuralink, The Boring Company, OpenAI and co-founder of PayPal.

Elon Musk quotes about Success & Entrepreneurship

Elon Reeve Musk (aka Elon Musk) is a South African, Canadian, and U.S. citizenship engineer and technology entrepreneur and businessman who founded X.com in 1999 (which later became PayPal), SpaceX in 2002 and Tesla Motors in 2003.

Let’s check famous quotes about Entrepreneurship by Elon Musk.

Elon Musk quotes

1:) “Work like hell. I mean you just have to put into hour weeks every week. This improves the odds of success. If other people are putting in hour workweeks and you’re putting in 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 achieve.” – Elon Musk

“Work like hell. I mean you just have to put into hour weeks every week. This improves the odds of success. If other people are putting in hour workweeks and you’re putting in 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 achieve.” – Elon Musk

2:) “When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.” – Elon Musk

"When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor." - Elon Musk

3:) “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 that collectively amount to a huge innovation.” – Elon Musk

"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 that collectively amount to a huge innovation." - Elon Musk

4:) “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.” – Elon Musk

"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." - Elon Musk

5:) “What makes innovative thinking happen? I think it’s really a mindset. You have to decide.” – Elon Musk

"What makes innovative thinking happen? I think it's really a mindset. You have to decide." - Elon Musk

6:) “We have a strict ‘no-assholes policy’ at SpaceX.” – Elon Musk

"We have a strict 'no-assholes policy' at SpaceX." - Elon Musk

7:) “You shouldn’t do things differently just because they’re different. They need to be. Better.” – Elon Musk

"You shouldn't do things differently just because they're different. They need to be. Better." - Elon Musk

8:) “There’s a tremendous bias against taking risks. Everyone is trying to optimize their ass-covering.” – Elon Musk

"There's a tremendous bias against taking risks. Everyone is trying to optimize their ass-covering." - Elon Musk

9:) “There are really two things that have to occur in order for a 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.” – Elon Musk

"There are really two things that have to occur in order for a 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." - Elon Musk

10:) “The path to the CEO’s office 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.” – Elon Musk

"The path to the CEO's office 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." - Elon Musk

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11:) “The first step is to establish that something is possible; then probability will occur.” – Elon Musk

"The first step is to establish that something is possible; then probability will occur." - Elon Musk

12:) “Talent is extremely important. It’s like a sports team, the team that has the best individual player will often win, but then there’s a multiplier from how those players work together and the strategy they employ.” – Elon Musk

"Talent is extremely important. It's like a sports team, the team that has the best individual player will often win, but then there's a multiplier from how those players work together and the strategy they employ." - Elon Musk

13:) “Starting and growing a business is as much about the innovation, drive, and determination of the people behind it as the product they sell.” – Elon Musk

"Starting and growing a business is as much about the innovation, drive, and determination of the people behind it as the product they sell." - Elon Musk

14:) “Some people don’t like change, but you need to embrace change if the alternative is disaster.” – Elon Musk

"Some people don't like change, but you need to embrace change if the alternative is disaster." - Elon Musk

15:) “Really pay attention to negative feedback and solicit it, particularly from friends. . Hardly anyone does that, and it’s incredibly helpful.” – Elon Musk

"Really pay attention to negative feedback and solicit it, particularly from friends. . Hardly anyone does that, and it's incredibly helpful." - Elon Musk

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

"Persistence is very important. You should not give up unless you are forced to give up." - Elon Musk

Elon Musk Quotes about Success

17:) “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

"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

18:) “People should pursue what they’re passionate about. That will make them happier than pretty much anything else.” – Elon Musk

"People should pursue what they're passionate about. That will make them happier than pretty much anything else." - Elon Musk

19:) “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

"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

20:) “I’ve actually not read any books on time management.” – Elon Musk

"I've actually not read any books on time management." - Elon Musk

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21:) “It’s very important to like the people you work with, otherwise life. And your job is gonna be quite miserable.” – Elon Musk

"It's very important to like the people you work with, otherwise life. And your job is gonna be quite miserable." - Elon Musk

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

"It's OK to have your eggs in one basket as long as you control what happens to that basket." - Elon Musk

23:) “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 right answer, will tend to slow down progress, and will make the task incredibly expensive.” – Elon Musk

"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 right answer, will tend to slow down progress, and will make the task incredibly expensive." - Elon Musk

24:) “I’m interested in things that change the world or that affect the future and wondrous, new technology where you see it, and you’re like, ‘Wow, how did that even happen? How is that possible?'” – Elon Musk

"I'm interested in things that change the world or that affect the future and wondrous, new technology where you see it, and you're like, 'Wow, how did that even happen? How is that possible?'" - Elon Musk

25:) “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

"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

26:) “If you’re 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 task is too menial.” – Elon Musk

"If you're 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 task is too menial." - Elon Musk

27:) “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.” – Elon Musk

"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." - Elon Musk

28:) “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 cost of the inputs, then that is probably my core skill.” – Elon Musk

"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 cost of the inputs, then that is probably my core skill." - Elon Musk

29:) “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

"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

30:) “I would just question things. It would infuriate my parents. That I wouldn’t just believe them when they said something cause I’d ask them why. And then I’d consider whether that response made sense given everything else I knew.” – Elon Musk

"I would just question things. It would infuriate my parents. That I wouldn't just believe them when they said something cause I'd ask them why. And then I'd consider whether that response made sense given everything else I knew." - Elon Musk

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31:) “I think we have a duty to maintain the light of consciousness to make sure it continues into the future.” – Elon Musk

"I think we have a duty to maintain the light of consciousness to make sure it continues into the future." - Elon Musk

32:) “I think the best way to attract venture capital is to try and come up with a demonstration of whatever product or service it is and ideally take that as far as you can. Just see if you can sell that to real customers and start generating some momentum. The further along you can get with that, the more likely you are to get funding.” – Elon Musk

"I think the best way to attract venture capital is to try and come up with a demonstration of whatever product or service it is and ideally take that as far as you can. Just see if you can sell that to real customers and start generating some momentum. The further along you can get with that, the more likely you are to get funding." - Elon Musk

Elon Musk Quotes about Entrepreneurship

33:)  “I think most of the important stuff on the Internet has been built. There will be continued innovation, for sure, but the great problems of the Internet have essentially been solved.” – Elon Musk

"I think most of the important stuff on the Internet has been built. There will be continued innovation, for sure, but the great problems of the Internet have essentially been solved." - Elon Musk

34:) “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.” – Elon Musk

"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." - Elon Musk

35:) “I say something, and then it usually happens. Maybe not on schedule, but it usually happens.” – Elon Musk

"I say something, and then it usually happens. Maybe not on schedule, but it usually happens." - Elon Musk

36:) “I don’t think it’s a good idea to plan to sell a company.” – Elon Musk

"I don't think it's a good idea to plan to sell a company." - Elon Musk

37:) “I don’t spend my time pontificating about high-concept things; I spend my time solving engineering and manufacturing problems.” – Elon Musk

"I don't spend my time pontificating about high-concept things; I spend my time solving engineering and manufacturing problems." - Elon Musk

38:) “I don’t create companies for the sake of creating companies, but to get things done.” – Elon Musk

"I don't create companies for the sake of creating companies, but to get things done." - Elon Musk

39:) “I don’t believe in the process. In fact, when I interview a potential employee and he or she says that ‘it’s all about the process,’ I see that as a bad sign. The problem is that at a lot of big companies, the 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.” – Elon Musk

"I don't believe in the process. In fact, when I interview a potential employee and he or she says that 'it's all about the process,' I see that as a bad sign. The problem is that at a lot of big companies, the 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." - Elon Musk

40:) “I do think there is a lot of potentials if you have a compelling product and people are willing to pay a premium for that. I think 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.” – Elon Musk

"I do think there is a lot of potentials if you have a compelling product and people are willing to pay a premium for that. I think 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." - Elon Musk

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41:) “I always invest my own money in the companies that I create, I don’t believe in the whole thing of just using other people’s money, I don’t think that’s right. I’m not going to ask other people to invest in something if I’m not prepared to do so myself.” – Elon Musk

"I always invest my own money in the companies that I create, I don't believe in the whole thing of just using other people's money, I don't think that's right. I'm not going to ask other people to invest in something if I'm not prepared to do so myself." - Elon Musk

42:) “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.” – Elon Musk

"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." - Elon Musk

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

"Failure is an option here. If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough." - Elon Musk

44:) “Don’t delude yourself into thinking something’s working when it’s not, or you’re gonna get fixated on a bad solution.” – Elon Musk

"Don't delude yourself into thinking something's working when it's not, or you're gonna get fixated on a bad solution." - Elon Musk

45:) “Disruptive technology where you really have a big technology discontinuity. Tends to come from new companies.” – Elon Musk

"Disruptive technology where you really have a big technology discontinuity. Tends to come from new companies." - Elon Musk

46:) “Brand is just a perception, and perception 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.” – Elon Musk

"Brand is just a perception, and perception 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." - Elon Musk

47:) “Being an entrepreneur is like eating glass and staring into the abyss of death.” – Elon Musk

"Being an entrepreneur is like eating glass and staring into the abyss of death." - Elon Musk

48:) “As much as possible, avoid hiring MBAs. MBA programs don’t teach people how to create companies.” – Elon Musk

"As much as possible, avoid hiring MBAs. MBA programs don't teach people how to create companies." - Elon Musk

49:) “A company is a group organized to create a product or service, and 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 just happen to be the face of the companies.” – Elon Musk

"A company is a group organized to create a product or service, and 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 just happen to be the face of the companies." - Elon Musk

50:) “You have to say, ‘Well, why did it succeed where others did not?'” – Elon Musk

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