Elon Musk is one of the most popular entrepreneurs in the world right now. His unconventional ventures are a source of inspiration for millions of people globally.
Quite naturally his motivation advice is also very unconventional.
You might get pretty used to seeing same motivational content over and over and that’s why you need something different to challenge the way you think.
So in this post I am going to share 3 outstanding quotes from Elon Musk that you won’t find in any other blog or book that will wake you up and make you give a thought to your approach.
Quote 1: “If you need inspiring words, don’t do it.”
Entrepreneurs don’t waste their time reading blogs all day. They believe in finding the solutions to problems they face every day.
Whatever they need to do, they get it done and learn from their experiences and failures.
Inspiring words are just a kind of supplement to enhance their performance, not the whole meal that powers their body to go on throughout the day.
A motivational video or quote might interest them for a moment but they certainly don’t spend hours on self-help content.
If by any chance that is you, just give a thought to whether you are addicted to motivational content or getting the job done.
If you’re an aspiring artist, are you spending more time on reading about how to draw or actually drawing? Pay attention to it and be honest with yourself.
If you are dependent on external motivation to keep you going in anything you do then once the external motivation is gone, that fire will also be gone.
You have to look deeper inside of yourself so that you can push through the hard times.
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Quote 2: “If something is important enough, even if the odds are against you, you should still do it.”
People give you a lot of advice like have a backup plan, find somebody to guide you, do market research, etc. etc. It’s not false advice at all but it’s all conventional stuff.
Everybody says it and everybody is doing it. If Elon Musk paid attention to this advice, he couldn’t have reached heights he has now.
Elon Musk brought revolution in industries people don’t even dare to enter. Tesla was the only American car company to go public since 1956 (the year in which Ford did).
A friend of Musk tried to talk him out of starting SpaceX by showing him several videos of rockets blowing up but Elon proved that if you want to achieve great success then you have to take great risk.
He proves that if you want to succeed, passion is the most important factor.
He could have achieved great success in any industry quite less complicated than he is involved in right now but he pursued his passion to make the world a better place with all his heart.
When he started out, the chances of his success were only around 10% in both the companies but he started them at any cost. If you don’t take risk, you don’t have anything to gain.
The reward is parallel to the risk. If something is really important to you then you will do it no matter what you go through.
Quote 3: “You should take the approach that you’re wrong. Your goal is to be less wrong.”
99% of the people try to avoid criticism because criticism shows us that we are not doing in the correct way. We have been avoiding criticism since our childhood but Elon Musk sees things differently.
It’s only criticism that brings the best out of you by pushing you to improve and learn.
When somebody tells you that you are doing a great job you get satisfied and the chances of learning new things are less. It feels good but the words “good job” can be harmful for you.
Of course not everybody can be like Elon Musk or should try to do so as everybody’s priority is different. Nothing is wrong in being happy and satisfied with wherever you are in your life presently.
A continuous desire to be better doesn’t mean that you have to be dissatisfied with everything.
Now a days companies pretend that everything is flowing smoothly but Elon Musk employs a different approach. He pretends that things are going wrong but he tries to make them less wrong.
In this way he is able to embrace failure and welcome improvement.
Are you comfortable with failure?
Are you acknowledging your mistakes?
Whatever you do, the most important thing is to find your ‘Why’ and let it motivate you. Consider motivational stuff as only a supplement not a meal.
Lastly when everyone is patting their backs for what they are doing right, ask yourself how can I make it better.
So how are you going to apply these legendary Elon Musk’s quotes in your life?
Share your views in the comments section below!