Elon Musk is the number one person in the modern business world who is associated with the word “innovation”. Tesla Motors and SpaceX have already become the companies of the future where everyone will use electric cars and plan travels to space.

According to Forbes, Elon Musk’s net worth is currently $20B! And I think there are no entrepreneurs who wouldn’t be inspired by this true genius and a powerful leader. 

Elon Musk inspires millions of people worldwide to become creators of the future and I think this is what every successful leader should do. 

As his true fan and follower, I would like to share my favorite list of quotes from Elon Musk on innovation and success. Hope you’ll get a dose of energy to achieve your goals just like me.


Quotes by Elon Musk on Innovation:

Elon Musk quotes on innovation

1. “Don’t be afraid of new arenas.”

2. “Great companies are built on great products.”

3. “Any product that needs a manual to work is broken.”

4. “I don’t create companies for the sake of creating companies, but to get things done.”

5. “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.”

6. “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.”

7. “Starting and growing a business is as much about the innovation, drive, and determination of the people behind it as the product they sell.”

8. “What makes innovative thinking happen? I think it’s really a mindset. You have to decide.”

9. “To be clear, I strongly believe in crypto, but it can’t drive a massive increase in fossil fuel use, especially coal.”

Elon Musk quotes about crypto

10. “Any sufficiently advanced magic is indistinguishable from technology”

11. “A major part of real-world AI has to be solved to make unsupervised, generalized full self-driving work, as the entire road system is designed for biological neural nets with optical imagers.”


Elon Musk Quotes About The Future:

Elon Musk quotes about the future

12. “You want to have a future where you’re expecting things to be better, not one where you’re expecting things to be worse.”

13. “I want to be able to think about the future and feel good about that — that we’re doing what we can to have the future be as good as possible, to be inspired by what is likely to happen, and to look forward to the next day.”

14. “In order for us to have a future that’s exciting and inspiring, it has to be one where we’re a space-bearing civilization.”

15. “Things are going to grow exponentially, so there’s a big difference between five and 10 years.”

16. “Your Will is the most accurate way to predict the future.”

17. “I’m not trying to be anyone’s savior. I’m just trying to think about the future and not be sad.”

18. “Let’s just skip original video games & movies & go straight to the sequel”


Elon Musk Quotes About Success:

Elon Musk quotes about success

19. “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.”

20. “My motivation for all my companies has been to be involved in something that I thought would have a significant impact on the world.”

21. “Starting a business is not for everyone. Starting a business – I’d say, number one is have a high pain threshold.”

22. “A failure is an option here. If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough.”

23. “Brand is just a perception, and perception will match reality over time. Sometimes it will be ahead, other times it will be behind. But a brand is simply a collective impression some have about a product.”

24. “You have to say, ‘Well, why did it succeed where others did not?”

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

26. “Some people don’t like change, but you need to embrace change as the alternative is a disaster.”

27. “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.”

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

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29. “I always invest my own money in the companies that I create.”

30. “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”

31. “If you want to grow a giant redwood, you need to make sure the seeds are OK, nurture the sapling and work out what might potentially stop it from growing all the way along. Anything that breaks it at any point stops that growth.”

32. “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.”

33. “Company death – not succeeding with the company – causes me a lot more stress than physical danger”

34. “Optimism, pessimism, f*ck that – we’re going to make it happen.”

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35. “People work better when they know what the goal is and why.”

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


Elon Musk Quotes On Education:

37. “We’re already cyborgs. Your phone and your computer are extensions of you, but the interface is through finger movements or speech, which are very slow.”

38. “As much as possible, avoid hiring MBAs. MBA programs don’t teach people how to create companies.”

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

40. “You get paid in the direct proportion to the difficulty of problems you solve.”

41. “If the rules are such that you can’t make progress, then you have to fight the rules.”


Elon Musk Quotes On Life:

Elon Musk quotes on life

42. “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.”

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43. “If something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor”

44. “If the rules are such that you can’t make progress, then you have to fight the rules”

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45. “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.”

46. “Being an entrepreneur is like eating glass and staring into the abyss of death.”

47. “You shouldn’t do things differently just because they’re different. They need to be… better.”

48. “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.”

49. “I think it is possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary.”

50. “People should pursue what they’re passionate about. That will make them happier than pretty much anything else.”

51. “Constantly seek criticism. A well-thought-out critique of whatever you’re doing is as valuable as gold.”

52. “If you need inspiration, don’t do it.”

53. “Goods & services are the real economies, any form of money is simply the accounting thereof”

54. “It is high time there was a carbon tax!”


Elon Musk Quotes about Space:

Elon Musk quotes about space

55. “Land on Mars, a round-trip ticket – half a million dollars. It can be done.”

56. “If humanity doesn’t land on Mars in my lifetime, I would be very disappointed.”

57. “I would like to die on Mars. Just not on impact”

58. “If we drive down the cost of transportation in space, we can do great things.”

59. “If we make life multi-planetary, there may come a day when some plants & animals die out on Earth, but are still alive on Mars”

60. “Make humanity a multiplanet species!”

61. “Public support for life on Mars is critical to making it happen”

62. “Everything to the moon!”


Elon Musk Quotes about Love:

63. “I love music. It makes my heart sing.”

64. “Don’t kill what you hate, Save what you love”


Funny Elon Musk Quotes:

Funny Elon Musk quotes

65. “Someone suggested changing Dogecoin fees based on phases of the moon, which is pretty awesome haha”

66. “Baby Shark & Shark Tank merge to form Baby Shark Tank”

Funny quote by Elon Musk


So, what is your favorite Elon Musk quote?



Tetiana is a business coach and owner of IStartHub, a business media for ambitious female entrepreneurs and small business owners.