20 Remarkable Elon Musk Quotes That Prove His Brilliance

Elon Musk

Engineer, inventor, explorer – undoubtedly, Elon Musk is the most talked-about visionary leader and entrepreneur of our times. Born in South Africa in 1971, he is known for making innovative and bold ideas reality, which led him to the founding of PayPal, Tesla Motors and SpaceX – companies that have a great impact on the way the future is being shaped.

Read also: A Deep Dive into Elon Musk’s Investments: The Makings of a Billionaire

To honor him on his birthday (June 28), here we’ve collected 20 of the most remarkable quotes of Elon Musk that point out his brilliance and extraordinarily genius.

On the way innovation impacts the future: “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.”

On challenges and opportunities: “Don’t be afraid of new arenas.”

On Entrepreneurship:Being an Entrepreneur is like eating glass and staring into the abyss of death.”

On exploring the space: “A multi planet species… that’s what we want to be… moving planets… it’s being a multi-planet species… having civilization and life as we know it extend to the solar system and other star systems… that’s the future that is exciting and inspiring. You need things like that to be happy when you wake up in the morning.”

On robots: “I’m not scared of robots. My full position would require quite a long explanation. I am concerned about certain directions that AI could take that would be not good for the future.”

On making a difference: “Going from PayPal, I thought: ‘Well, what are some of the other problems that are likely to most affect the future of humanity?’ Not from the perspective, ‘What’s the best way to make money?”

On hiring: “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 (two people who don’t know something are no better than one), will tend to slow down progress, and will make the task incredibly expensive.”

On college dreams: “When I was in college, I wanted to be involved in things that would change the world. Now I am.”

On fear: “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.”

On the creation of better future: “You want to have a future where you’re expecting things to be better, not one where you’re expecting things to be worse.”

On taking action: “If something is important enough, even if the odds are against you, you should still do it.”

On talent: “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.”

On persistence: “Persistence is very important. You should not give up unless you are forced to give up.”

On possibilities:  “The first step is to establish that something is possible; then probability will occur.”

On being extraordinary: “I think it is possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary.”

On being involved: “I could either watch it happen or be a part of it.”

On change: “Some people don’t like change, but you need to embrace change if the alternative is disaster.”

On the path to becoming CEO: “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.”

On being in control: “It’s OK to have your eggs in one basket as long as you control what happens to that basket.”

Just being Elon Musk! “I would like to die on Mars. Just not on impact.”

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