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Elon Musk

I wonder how many dead one-planet civilizations are out there in the cosmos that never made it to the other planet and ultimately extinguished themselves or were destroyed by external factors. Probably a few.

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Science is discovering the essential truths about what exists in the Universe, engineering is about creating things that never existed

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Elon Musk

Excessive use of made up acronyms is a significant impediment to communication […] No one can actually remember all these acronyms and people don’t want to seem dumb in a meeting, so they just sit there in ignorance. This is particularly tough on new employees.

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When something is important enough. you do it. even if the odds are not in your favor.

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I think that's the single best piece of advice: constantly think about how you could be doing things better and questioning yourself.

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The only thing that makes sense to do is strive for greater collective enlightenment.

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Elon Musk

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?

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Never chase the next hot thing. Stop trying to chase the wave. You will never catch it. You always for the most part find out about that stuff too late. Instead, do what you are really passionate about, what you really love. That will position you before the wave even hits, and you will find out about whatever it is before the wave starts, before it gets hot, and that is how you take advantage.

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Pronouns suck.

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"Buy & hold stock in companies where you love the product roadmap, sell where you don’t."

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When something is important enough you should try even if the probable outcome is failure.

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I mean, I think that if people are concerned about volatility, they should definitely not buy our stock. I’m not here [on an earnings call] to convince you to buy [Tesla] stock. Do not buy it if volatility is scary. There you go.

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Elon Musk

If something is important enough, you should try even if the probable outcome is failure.

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

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Education is basically downloading data and algorithms into your brain.

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I was raised by books. Books, and then my parents

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Life needs to be more than just solving problems every day. You need to wake up and be excited about the future.

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America is the spirit of human exploration distilled.

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Elon Musk

If humanity is to become multi-planetary, the fundamental breakthrough that needs to occur in rocketry is a rapidly and completely reusable rocket … achieving it would be on a par with what the Wright brothers did. It’s the fundamental thing that’s necessary for humanity to become a space-faring civilization. America would never have been colonized if ships weren’t reusable.

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If you're not concerned about AI safety, you should be. Vastly more risk than North Korea.

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I think we have a duty to maintain the light of consciousness, to make sure it continues into the future

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If you buy a ticket to hell, it isn't fair to blame hell.

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When I was a child, there's one thing I said: 'I never want to be alone.' That's what I would say.

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Elon Musk

If something is important enough, you do it even if the odds aren't in your favor.

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I really like computer games, but then if I made really great computer games, how much effect would that have on the world.

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I'm not trying to be anyone's savior. I just try to think about the future and not be sad

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Elon Musk

When I was a little kid, I was really scared of the dark. But then I came to understand, dark just means the absence of photons in the visible wavelength--400 to 700 nanometers. Then I thought, well, it's really silly to be afraid of a lack of photons. Then I wasn't afraid of the dark anymore after that.

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Elon Musk

I would like to die on Mars. Just not on impact.

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Elon Musk

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.

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Elon Musk

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.

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Elon Musk

Every person in your company is a vector. Your progress is determined by the sum of all vectors.

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You need to live in a dome initially, but over time you could terraform Mars to look like Earth and eventually walk around outside without anything on... So it's a fixer-upper of a planet.

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One of the biggest mistakes we made was trying to automate things that are super easy for a person to do, but super hard for a robot to do.

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It's OK to have your eggs in one basket as long as you control what happens to that basket.

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Elon Musk

They were building a Ferrari for every launch, when it was possible that a Honda Accord might do the trick.

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Elon Musk

One of the really tough things is figuring out what questions to ask. Once you figure out the question, then the answer is relatively easy.

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Elon Musk

Constantly think about how you could be doing things better.

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Elon Musk

I take the position that I'm always to some degree wrong, and the aspiration is to be less wrong.

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Elon Musk

In terms of the Internet, it's like humanity acquiring a collective nervous system. Whereas previously we were more like a [?], like a collection of cells that communicated by diffusion. With the advent of the Internet, it was suddenly like we got a nervous system. It's a hugely impactful thing.

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Elon Musk

Any product that needs a manual to work is broken.

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Elon Musk

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 tht makes sense is to strive for greater collective enlightenment.

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Elon Musk

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.

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Elon Musk

The first step is to establish that something is possible then probability will occur.

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Elon Musk

When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.

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Elon Musk

I'm not trying to be anyone's savior. I'm just trying to think about the future and not be sad.

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Elon Musk

No, I don't ever give up. I'd have to be dead or completely incapacitated

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Elon Musk

It is possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary.

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Elon Musk

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

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Elon Musk

I think it would be great to be born on Earth and die on Mars. Just hopefully not at the point of impact.

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Elon Musk

I think it’s important to reason from first principles rather than by analogy. The normal way we conduct our lives is we reason by analogy. [With analogy] we are doing this because it’s like something else that was done, or it is like what other people are doing. [With first principles] you boil things down to the most fundamental truths…and then reason up from there.

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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.

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Elon Musk

You get paid in direct proportion to the difficulty of problems you solve

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Elon Musk

You should take the approach that you’re wrong. Your goal is to be less wrong.

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Elon Musk

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.

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Elon Musk

It is important to view knowledge as sort of a semantic tree -- make sure you understand the fundamental principles, ie the trunk and big branches, before you get into the leaves/details or there is nothing for them to hang on to.

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Elon Musk

When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favour.

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