Top Ten Elon Musk quotes to li

Top Ten Elon Musk quotes to live by

Elon Musk, SA’s “rockstar” start-up entrepreneur, shares his wisdom. How did he get so successful? Maybe it’s all mind over matter…

Here’s a TOP TEN of his quotes to live by.

Top Ten Elon Musk quotes to li


From Tesla cars to PayPal, from flights to Mars to the Hyperloop, Elon Musk and his innovations constitute for a truly South African inspiration for anyone who hopes to succeed with a start-up, an invention or just a revolutionary idea in business. Here’s a collection of quotes by Musk to put your gears into motion and give you a spark to move your own projects forward.


Elon Musk on his upbringing in South Africa:

“In South Africa there were no pre-made rockets: I had to go to the chemist and get the ingredients for rocket fuel, mix it, put it in a pipe. It is remarkable how many things you can explode. I’m lucky I have all my fingers.”


Elon Musk on how to best approach life’s biggest challenges:

“The tough thing is figuring out what questions to ask, but […] once you do that, the rest is really easy.”


Elon Musk on basic economics:

“I mean, the market is like a manic depressive.”


Elon Musk on having expertise in your field:

“My background educationally is physics and economics, and I grew up in sort of an engineering environment – my father is an electromechanical engineer. And so there were lots of engineery things around me. [Physics is] a good framework for thinking. Boil things down to their fundamental truths and reason up from there. When I ask for an explanation, I get the true explanation of how things work.”


Elon Musk on the importance of attracting the right kind of talent:

“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 on what is (not) the perfect holiday:

“The idea of lying on a beach as my main thing, just sounds like the worst – it sounds horrible to me. I would go bonkers. I would have to be on serious drugs. I’d be super-duper bored. I like high intensity.”


Elon Musk on the culture of fear:

“There’s a tremendous bias against taking risks. Everyone is trying to optimize their ass-covering.”


Elon Musk on accepting criticism:

“Really pay attention to negative feedback and solicit it, particularly from friends. … Hardly anyone does that, and it’s incredibly helpful.”


Elon Musk on going to infinity and beyond:

“There’s a fundamental difference, if you look into the future, between a humanity that is a space-faring civilization, that’s out there exploring the stars … compared with one where we are forever confined to Earth until some eventual extinction event.”


Elon Musk on his new home in the US:

“The United States – it’s sort of like that comment about democracy – it’s a bad system but it’s the least bad. Well, the United States is the least bad at encouraging innovation.”


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