Elon Musk

Elon Musk. Tesla. SpaceX. The future.

Future thinker Elon Musk is undoubtedly one of the best inventors of our times. He dreams big,  invest his own money in whatever he builds and accepts failure too. He rules the tech space by thinking out of the box just like Henry Ford once did with motor cars.

These are the companies founded/co-founded by Elon Musk

  • PayPal
  • SpaceX
  • Tesla
  • SolarCity
  • Hyperloop
  • OpenAI
  • Neuralink
  • The Boring Company

I’m a hardcore user of PayPal but I didn’t know anything about Elon Musk until I come across the term “PayPal Mafia”. “PayPal Mafia” is a term used to indicate a group of former PayPal employees and founders who have since founded and developed additional technology companies.

The PayPal Mafia

I was super-impressed, when I realized that some of the best dot com companies were in one way or the other founded/co-founded by the “PayPal Mafia”. It includes YouTube, LinkedIn, Yammer, Yelp, Facebook, Digg, Flickr, Technorati, Reddit, Xoom, and so on. In fact, the PayPal Mafia plays an important role in the rise of Web 2.0.

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The Best Of The Best Inspirational Quotes By Elon Musk

Here are some of the best inspirational quotes by Elon Musk about innovation, success, future, and whatnot.

  1. “When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.”
  2. “Start somewhere and then really be prepared to question your assumptions, fix what you did wrong, and adapt to reality.”
  3. “Work like hell. I mean you just have to put in 80 to 100 hour weeks every week. [This]improves the odds of success. If other people are putting in 40-hour workweeks and you’re putting in 100-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.”
  4. “If there was a way that I could not eat, so I could work more, I would not eat. I wish there was a way to get nutrients without sitting down for a meal.”
  5. “When somebody has a breakthrough innovation, it is rarely one little thing. Very rarely, it is one little thing. It’s usually a whole bunch of things that collectively amount to a huge innovation.”
  6. “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.”
  7. “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.”
  8. “The first step is to establish that something is possible; then probability will occur.”
  9. “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.”
  10. “Forgot to say one thing at Tesla annual shareholders meeting: just as my money was the first in, it will be the last out.”
  11. “It is possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary.”
  12. “Great companies are built on great products.”
  13. “Fundamentally, if you don’t have a compelling product at a compelling price, you don’t have a great company.”
  14. “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.”
  15. “Any product that needs a manual to work is broken.”
  16. “I don’t think it’s a good idea to plan to sell a company.”
  17. “I take the position that I’m always to some degree wrong, and the aspiration is to be less wrong.”
  18. “I don’t create companies for the sake of creating companies, but to get things done.”
  19. “I could either watch it happen, or be part of it.”
  20. “Life is too short for long-term grudges.”
  21. “I could go and buy one of the islands in the Bahamas and turn it into my personal fiefdom, but I am much more interested in trying to build and create a new company.”
  22. “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?'”
  23. “I would like to die on Mars. Just not on impact.”
  24. “We’re already a cyborg. You have a digital version of yourself or partial version of yourself online in the form of your emails and your social media and all the things that you do. And you have, basically, superpowers with your computer and your phone and the applications that are there. You have more power than the president of the United States had 20 years ago. You can answer any question; you can video conference with anyone anywhere; you can send a message to millions of people instantly. You just do incredible things.”
  25. “You get paid in direct proportion to the difficulty of problems you solve.”
  26. “Constantly seek criticism. A well thought out critique of whatever you’re doing is as valuable as gold.”
  27. “Some people don’t like change, but you need to embrace change if the alternative is disaster.”
  28. “I think you should always bear in mind that entropy is not on your side.”
  29. “Brand is just a perception, and perception will match reality over time. Sometimes it will be ahead, other times it will be behind. But brand is simply a collective impression some have about a product.”
  30. “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.”
  31. “We’re 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.”
  32. “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.”
  33. “I do think there is a good framework for thinking. It is physics – you know the sort of first principles reasoning. … What I mean by that is boil things down to their fundamental truths and reason up from there as opposed to reasoning by analogy.”
  34. “If you think back to the beginning of cell phones, laptops or really any new technology, it’s always expensive.”
  35. “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.”
  36. “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.”
  37. “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.”
  38. “You want to be extra rigorous about making the best possible thing you can. Find everything that’s wrong with it and fix it. Seek negative feedback, particularly from friends.”
  39. “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.”
  40. “It’s very important to like the people you work with, otherwise life [and] your job is gonna be quite miserable.”
  41. “Starting and growing a business is as much about the innovation, drive, and determination of the people behind it as the product they sell.”
  42. “Every person in your company is a vector. Your progress is determined by the sum of all vectors.”
  43. “People should pursue what they’re passionate about. That will make them happier than pretty much anything else.”
  44. “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.”
  45. “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.”
  46. “It’s OK to have your eggs in one basket as long as you control what happens to that basket.”
  47. “Patience is a virtue, and I’m learning patience. It’s a tough lesson.”
  48. “Persistence is very important. You should not give up unless you are forced to give up.”
  49. “If you need inspiration, don’t do it.”
  50. “My motivation for all my companies has been to be involved in something that I thought would have a significant impact on the world.”
  51. “You have to be pretty driven to make it happen. Otherwise, you will just make yourself miserable.”
  52. “You want to have a future where you’re expecting things to be better, not one where you’re expecting things to be worse.”
  53. “No, I don’t ever give up. I’d have to be dead or completely incapacitated.”
  54. “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.”
  55. “I don’t believe in 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, 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.”
  56. “Whatever you do, whatever area that you get into, even if you’re the best of the best, there’s always a chance of failure. So I think it’s important that you really like whatever you’re doing. If you don’t like it, life’s too short. If you like what you’re doing, you think about it even when you’re not working. It’s something that your mind is drawn to, and if you don’t like it, you just can’t make it work.”
  57. “My proceeds from the PayPal acquisition were $180 million. I put $100 million in SpaceX, $70m in Tesla, and $10m in Solar City. I had to borrow money for rent.”
  58. “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,’ which is okay, but, it was really ‘what do I think is going to most affect the future of humanity.'”
  59. “You shouldn’t do things differently just because they’re different. They need to be… better.”
  60. “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.”
  61. “I think life on Earth must be about more than just solving problems… It’s got to be something inspiring, even if it is vicarious.”

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Mahesh Mohan

Hey there, I’m Mahesh (@maheshone) — Chief Content Strategist @ Minterest and an organic marketing evangelist. I write about tech, marketing, and everything in between that truly excites me. Outside of that, I’m equally passionate about the financial markets, and also spend A LOT of time doing random things. Also, the Chief Everything Officer (@Infirn Labs).

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Mahesh Mohan

Hey there, I’m Mahesh (@maheshone) — Chief Content Strategist @ Minterest and an organic marketing evangelist. I write about tech, marketing, and everything in between that truly excites me. Outside of that, I’m equally passionate about the financial markets, and also spend A LOT of time doing random things. Also, the Chief Everything Officer (@Infirn Labs).