- Conquering Fear
- Dealing with Failure
- Ins and Outs of Entrepreneurship
- Overcoming Challenges
- Personal Success
- Rallying the Team
- Thoughts on Innovation
Thoughts on Innovation
To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.
I never read. I just look at pictures.
A crisis is a terrible thing to waste.
You’ll see it when you believe it.
The greatest discoveries in nanotech have been 20 years away for 20 years.
I never had an idea in my life. I’ve got no imagination. I never dream. My so-called inventions already existed in the environment – I took them out.
It’s not a good strategy until it costs you something to pursue.
I’m sure that you’re trying to challenge yourself to invent something new. That’s impossible.
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
I look for businesses in which I think I can predict what they’re going to look like in ten to fifteen years’ time.
Nothing new ever happened before.
If you have no idea how something is supposed to be done, I guarantee you’ll be disruptive. Let what you don’t know become your greatest asset.
Prediction is difficult, especially about the future.
There’s only one boss: the customer. He can fire everybody from the chairman on down simply by spending his money elsewhere.
The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.
I just invent, then wait until man comes around to needing what I’ve invented.
One can learn to cook, but a restaurateur is born.
They say the secret of success is being at the right place at the right time, but since you never know when the right time is going to be, I figure the trick is to find the right place and just hang around.
Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.
I not only use all the brains I have, but all I can borrow.
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do.
Innovation is seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.
If I can’t make money in the $5 trillion U.S. market, it may be a little bit of wishful thinking to think that all I have to do is get a few thousand miles offshore and I’ll start showing my stuff.
Anytime anybody says, ‘It’s good enough,’ it’s shitty.
Even if you are on the right track, the train will run you over if you just sit there.
Don’t overuse exclamation marks!!!
Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.
Focus wins. Doing too many things fails.
Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves it’s amazing what they can accomplish.
Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.
You have undertaken to cheat me. I won’t sue you, for the law is too slow. I will ruin you.
Customers don’t want 1/4 drills, they want 1/4 holes.
There is nothing like writing to force you to think and get your thoughts straight.
Entrepreneurship exists in the tiny space between madness and genius; and, its journey requires a few cross border violations across both madness and genius to get to the final destination.
The first step in exceeding your customer’s expectations is to know those expectations.
In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.
The power of compound interest is the 8th wonder of the world.
There is nothing so depressing as boundless optimism.
If you don’t listen to your customers, someone else will.
History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it.
Elon cares a lot about humanity, but he doesn’t really care about individual people all that much.
In economics, things take longer to happen than you think they will, and then happen faster than you thought they could.
A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.
Mediocre people are always at their best.
640 [kilobytes] ought to be enough for anyone.
When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.
You can’t innovate once.
Solving big problems is easier than solving little problems.
Success is easy if you think of it like rust: It’s inevitable if you keep at it.
More startups die of indigestion than starvation.
Done equals good.
The future is already here, it’s just not evenly distributed.
You can’t make a good deal with a bad person.
It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.
We can’t solve problems using the same thinking that we used when we created them.
Terrible is the temptation to do good!
Our company is guided by three deeply held beliefs: That brands with purpose grow, companies with purpose last and people with purpose thrive.
I never know how much of what I say is true.
If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go long, go together.
Make no little plans.
If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.
No nationwas ever ruined by trade.
Better salesperson always beats better product.
It’s not necessary to do extraordinary things to get extraordinary results.
One of the greatest pains to human nature is the pain of a new idea.
If you build a better mousetrap, you will catch better mice.
An entrepreneur is someone who shoots an arrow and then runs to move the target, so the arrow hits it.
The public wants what it can’t get.
Typos in your presentation tell your investors how carefully you plan to manage their money.