Elon Reeve Musk is a South Africa-born, Canadian American business magnate, inventor, and investor. He is the CEO and CTO of SpaceX, CEO and chief product architect of Tesla Motors, and chairman of SolarCity.
Born: June 28, 1971 , Pretoria, South Africa
Patience is a virtue, and I’m learning patience. It’s a tough lesson.
The first step is to establish that something is possible; then probability will occur.
When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.
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.
“[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.”
When I was in college, I wanted to be involved in things that would change the world.
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.
It’s OK to have your eggs in one basket as long as you control what happens to that basket.
I think it matters whether someone has a good heart.
Life is too short for long-term grudges.
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.
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.
If something is important enough, even if the odds are against you, you should still do it.
Failure is an option here. If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough.