Elon Musk a South African-born Canadian-American business magnate, engineer, inventor and investor founder, CEO and CTO of SpaceX, co-founder, CEO and product architect of Tesla Motors, chairman of SolarCity, co-chairman of OpenAI, co-founder of Zip2, and co-founder of PayPal. I think that introduction itself says it all.
Recently I came across an excellent article “Genius Quotes by the Eccentric Billionaire” and thought some of these were surely worth sharing.
- On risk: “Failure is an option here. If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough.”
- On determination: “Optimism, pessimism, f*** that; we’re going to make it happen. As God as my bloody witness, I’m hell-bent on making it work.”
- On perseverance: “If something is important enough, even if the odds are against you, you should still do it.”
- On ideas: “[Physics is] a good framework for thinking. … Boil things down to their fundamental truths and reason up from there.”
- On the future: “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.”
- On purpose: “The thing that’s worth doing is trying to improve our understanding of the world and gain a better appreciation of the universe and not to worry too much about there being no meaning. And, you know, try and enjoy yourself. Because, actually, life’s pretty good. It really is.”
- On hiring: “[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 ambition: “The first step is to establish that something is possible; then probability will occur.”
- On raising kids: “I’m hopeful they will do things like engineering, or write books, or just, in some way, add more than they take from the world.”
- On progress: “I came to the conclusion that we should aspire to increase the scope and scale of human consciousness in order to better understand what questions to ask. Really, the only thing that makes sense is to strive for greater collective enlightenment.”
- On iteration: “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.”
- On motive: “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 moving fast: “Given that this is the first time in 4.5 billion years where it’s been possible for humanity to extend life beyond Earth, it seems like we’d be wise to act while the window was open and not count on the fact it will be open a long time.”
Their is so much to learn from Mr. Musk with what he has achieved in such a short span and their is so much more to come.
Here is one of his awesome TED Talks
and so I say #ElonMuskAGeniusAVisionaryAnInspiration