15 Quotes by Elon Musk

Quotes by Elon MuskBorn in Pretoria, South Africa, Elon Musk is a technology entrepreneur and engineer. He holds South African, Canadian and U.S. citizenship and is probably best known as the co-founder, CEO and product architect of Tesla Inc.

In 2016, he was ranked 21st on the Forbes list of the World’s Most Powerful People. Apparently his net worth is around $19.4 billion and he is listed by Forbes as the 40th-richest person in the world.

By any definition Elon Musk is a clever and successful man and of course it’s always worth listening to successful people.

So today I offer you 15 quotes by Elon Musk dear reader.

He’s an interesting character and his observations will certainly get you thinking I’m sure.

15 Quotes by Elon Musk:

  1. I think it matters whether someone has a good heart. ~Elon Musk
  2. I hate writing about personal stuff. I don’t have a Facebook page. I don’t use my Twitter account. I am familiar with both, but I don’t use them. ~Elon Musk
  3. When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor. ~Elon Musk
  4. 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. ~Elon Musk
  5. People should pursue what they’re passionate about. That will make them happier than pretty much anything else. ~Elon Musk
  6. I think that’s the single best piece of advice: constantly think about how you could be doing things better and questioning yourself. ~Elon Musk
  7. 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? If the future does not include being out there among the stars and being a multi-planet species, I find that incredibly depressing. ~Elon Musk
  8. Some people don’t like change, but you need to embrace change if the alternative is disaster. ~Elon Musk
  9. People work better when they know what the goal is and why. It is important that people look forward to coming to work in the morning and enjoy working. ~Elon Musk
  10. 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. ~Elon Musk
  11. Man has the power to act as his own destroyer – and that is the way he has acted through most of his history. ~Elon Musk
  12. Really, the only thing that makes sense is to strive for greater collective enlightenment. ~Elon Musk
  13. We can’t have, like, willy-nilly proliferation of fake news. That’s crazy. You can’t have more types of fake news than real news. That’s allowing public deception to go unchecked. That’s crazy. ~Elon Musk
  14. Brand is just a perception, and perception will match reality over time. Sometimes it will be ahead, other times it will be behind. But brand is simply a collective impression some have about a product. ~Elon Musk
  15. In order to have your voice be heard in Washington, you have to make some little contribution. ~Elon Musk

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15 Quotes by Bruce Lee

Quotes by Bruce LeeBruce Lee is best remembered for his roles in popular martial arts movies of the early 1970s, such as Enter the Dragon.

Born Lee Jun-fan in San Francisco in 1940, he was a Hong Kong-American actor, director, martial artist, martial arts instructor and philosopher brought up in Kowloon, Hong Kong.

Bruce Lee is considered by commentators, critics, media and indeed other martial artists to be the most influential martial artist of all time. He also remains a pop culture icon of the 20th century, who successfully bridged the gap between East and West.

Sadly Bruce Lee died of a cerebral edema in Hong Kong in 1973 but subsequently he was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century.

Despite his untimely death, he continues to influence people and there are several websites dedicated to Bruce Lee around the world.

In his relatively short life he was credited with many inspirational quotes, so I thought today I’d share a few of these with you dear reader.

So here are 15 quotes by Bruce Lee.

Quotes by Bruce Lee:

  1. As you think, so shall you become. ~Bruce Lee
  2. To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities. ~Bruce Lee
  3. Obey the principles without being bound by them. ~Bruce Lee
  4. Knowledge will give you power, but character respect. ~Bruce Lee
  5. Showing off is the fool’s idea of glory. ~Bruce Lee
  6. A quick temper will make a fool of you soon enough. ~Bruce Lee
  7. Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them. ~Bruce Lee
  8. A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer. ~Bruce Lee
  9. If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of. ~Bruce Lee
  10. I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times. ~Bruce Lee
  11. To know oneself is to study oneself in action with another person. ~Bruce Lee
  12. The possession of anything begins in the mind. ~Bruce Lee
  13. I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine. ~Bruce Lee
  14. Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it. ~Bruce Lee
  15. Ever since I was a child I have had this instinctive urge for expansion and growth. To me, the function and duty of a quality human being is the sincere and honest development of one’s potential. ~Bruce Lee

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Why an investment in knowledge pays dividends

KnowledgeAn investment in knowledge pays the best interest. ~Benjamin Franklin

You don’t get paid for the hour; you get paid for the value you put into the hour. It’s important everyone understands that important distinction dear reader.

You get paid for the value you add.

The more value you can add the more you will get paid.

It’s that simple really.

If you can solve problems for people with the skills you’ve got then you can earn a very good living.

The question is what underpins your skills? The answer to that question would be knowledge of course.

Knowledge comes from learning and learning is a lifelong process.

The quote at the top of this post from the venerable Benjamin Franklin reminds us of the importance of learning. Learning is an investment in ourselves.

We all have enormous capacity to consume and retain knowledge in our heads and that knowledge is then a currency with which we can trade. The more knowledge we have the more value we can add.

When it comes to investing, nothing will pay you a better dividend than making sure you have a good education.

And it’s not about whether or not you go to college or university. Important as they may be, learning can be achieved in many ways.

Knowledge can be gained through reading books; listening to audio and video tutorials; and challenging yourself to master anything that appeals to you. Learning from hands-on experience, making mistakes and learning the lessons you can take from any mistakes you’ve made.

In particular, if you want to master the game of money and all matters financial then you need to become a seeker of financial knowledge and know-how.

You need to become a reader and a keen student of finance. To be successful in investing, of course you really need to know what you’re doing. You need a financial education.

Ignorance can prove to be very costly indeed. And that’s true in every aspect of your life.

Education may seem expensive but it’s nowhere near as expensive as ignorance.

So, if you’re not already, become a reader.

The investment in yourself is well worth the effort and it’ll pay you a handsome dividend.

As the late, great Jim Rohn once said, “Work harder on yourself than you do on your job.”

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7 inspirational quotes about leadership

I love inspirational quotes about leadership because we all have the potential to be leaders.

Leadership is shown in given situations.

When circumstances dictate we can all bring our unique talents to a situation in order to move that situation forward in a positive way.

When our talents collide with favourable circumstances we can ‘grab the ball and run with it.’ We can seize the day and demonstrate our capabilities to the world. We can put our best foot forward and say, “In this situation I am the one who is best equipped to lead everyone to a satisfactory outcome. So follow me everyone.”

You have the ability to be a leader dear reader; everyone does. We just don’t always fully appreciate our hidden depths.

In essence leadership is having the confidence to stand up and be counted.

It’s all about driving you and your team towards a winning outcome.

Here are seven inspirational quotes about leadership to help you think about what it means and why you have the right qualities to be a leader.

Inspirational quotes about leadership:

  1. Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership. ~Colin Powell
  2. Leadership is about taking responsibility, not making excuses. ~Mitt Romney
  3. Leadership is not about a title or a designation. It’s about impact, influence and inspiration. Impact involves getting results, influence is about spreading the passion you have for your work, and you have to inspire team-mates and customers. ~Robin S. Sharma
  4. 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. ~Sam Walton
  5. Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality. ~Warren Bennis
  6. A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus. ~Martin Luther King, Jr
  7. Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. ~Dwight D. Eisenhower

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7 inspirational quotes about love

We all need love and we need to feel love, wouldn’t you agree dear reader?

Human beings are emotional and social creatures and we all need other people.

We need a sense that we matter to other people. And of course, other people matter to us too. Our family, friends and loved ones.

We feel love for those who matter to us and our greatest love is for that person who matters most.

Our greatest love is felt for that person in whose company we always feel a sense of contentment.

If you’ve found that special person then get down on your knees and thank God for the privilege because you’re lucky indeed. Not everyone is quite so lucky.

Here are 7 inspirational quotes about love to help you reflect on this complex emotion.

However remember this; love alone won’t sustain a relationship.

That requires hard work and a lot of compromise.

Nevertheless without love, a relationship has no chance at all.

If you truly love someone, you’ll want what’s best for them and you’ll be prepared to set aside your own needs occasionally to ensure that their needs are being satisfied too.

In a successful relationship all parties must feel their needs are respected and being met, at least most of the time.

Love means you can’t have your own way all of the time.

Inspirational quotes about love:

  1. Where there is love there is life. ~Mahatma Gandhi
  2. There’s only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved. ~George Sand
  3. A flower cannot blossom without sunshine and man cannot live without love. ~Max Muller
  4. Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye. ~H Jackson Brown, Jr
  5. Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. ~Oscar Wilde
  6. The best thing to hold onto in life is each other. ~Audrey Hepburn
  7. Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses. ~Ann Landers

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7 inspirational quotes about change

Quotes about changeBefore I offer you some inspirational quotes about change, let’s consider why it really matters dear reader.

One of the most fundamental human needs is the need for certainty. We need certainty because we need to feel secure.

As a species, human beings are programmed to ensure we survive. If we don’t feel secure then we are constantly on our guard, which drains our energy.

That’s why change can be an uncomfortable experience because it makes us feel insecure and feeling insecure means we can’t relax.

Most of us can feel uncomfortable with change, at least to some degree, and that’s perfectly natural when you think about it.

However change is important.

Through change comes opportunity and if we can embrace change then opportunity can be ours for the taking.

Most people tend to be slow in their response to change because it’s such an uncomfortable experience. However if we respond quickly we can grasp those opportunities just waiting for the fleet footed.

Think about this; everything we take for granted today once didn’t exist.

An example of this would be computers. Today most households have several of them in the form of Desktops, Laptops and Tablets, as well as Smartphones.

Certainly this is the situation in my home and I’m sure that’s true in your home too dear reader.

However as recently as 1943 Thomas Watson, then Chairman of IBM said, “I think there’s a world market for maybe five computers.

Well there are more than five computers in my home alone and there will be billions more around the world.

As recently as 1977 Ken Olson then President, Chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), the leading supplier of mini-computers at the time, said, “There’s no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home.

We’re lucky that neither Bill Gates nor Steve Jobs listened to those gentlemen.

However in business terms these examples are even more significant.

Failure to recognize the changing nature of the computer market had almost catastrophic consequences for IBM as a business.

They did manage to adapt eventually but not before their business went through a major wobble and at one point looked like it might fold completely.

And where is Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) now? It disappeared long ago and is now nothing more than a footnote in the history of digital technology.

So my message to you today dear reader is this; you ignore change at your peril.

It’s better to embrace it, however uncomfortable it may feel, and be ready to grab those opportunities as they come along.

The most successful people in business are adept at exploiting opportunities brought about by change.

Change is synonymous with opportunity. It is that simple.

Here are 7 inspirational quotes about change to help you reflect on what it means and why it’s important. 

Quotes about change:

  1. Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change. ~Stephen Hawking
  2. Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. ~John F. Kennedy
  3. To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often. ~Winston Churchill
  4. The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. ~Alan Watts
  5. The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance. ~Nathaniel Branden
  6. If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading. ~Lao Tzu
  7. It is change, continuing change, inevitable change that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account, not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be. ~Isaac Asimov

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7 inspirational quotes about education

Never underestimate the power of learning dear reader.

Education is an investment in you.

Learning gives us knowledge and skills.

Knowledge and skills provide us with the basis for making a living.

If you’re highly skilled, with skills which are in short supply, then you have the basis for making a very good living. And a good living is the aim for all of us, surely?

However education and learning is a life-long process.

You must always keep your knowledge and skills current. Times change and you must change with them.

Your education will always be a work in progress.

For as long as you have the strength to pick up a book, you must proactively expand your knowledge. Do that and I promise you, you won’t regret it.

Here are seven inspirational quotes about education to reinforce today’s message.

Inspirational quotes about education:

  1. An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. ~Benjamin Franklin
  2. Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today. ~Malcolm X
  3. Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. ~Nelson Mandela
  4. Education is the best friend. An educated person is respected everywhere. Education beats the beauty and the youth. ~Chanakya
  5. Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow. ~Anthony J. D’Angelo
  6. You are always a student, never a master. You have to keep moving forward. ~Conrad Hall
  7. An education isn’t how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It’s being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don’t. ~Anatole France

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7 inspirational quotes about attitude

inspirational quotes about attitudeYour attitude matters dear reader and it matters a lot.

It’s your attitude more than any other personal quality that will dictate how far you go in life. A bad attitude will get you nowhere; but a good attitude will take you are far as you want to go.

As a hiring manager the right attitude is the quality I value above all others.

Someone of average ability with a positive, ‘can do’ attitude is far more useful to me than a cynical, clever dick with a negative, ‘it can’t be done’ attitude.

For me your attitude is more important than your past, your education, your appearance or your skill-set.

All of those things are important of course. However I can work around them if I have to, as long as you have the right attitude.

A bad attitude will do you no favours at all. You might think you’re being clever but no one else will be impressed, trust me.

The good news is that you can change your attitude any time you choose. Change your attitude and you’ll change your future. Don’t believe me? Then try it and see for yourself.

Attitude is everything; it’s that simple.

Here are seven inspirational quotes about attitude that will help you reflect on the importance of this personal quality dear reader.

Inspirational quotes about attitude:

  1. The only disability in life is a bad attitude. ~Scott Hamilton
  2. Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. ~Winston Churchill
  3. People may hear your words but they feel your attitude. ~John C. Maxwell
  4. Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character. ~Albert Einstein
  5. There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. That little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative. ~W. Clement Stone
  6. Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. ~Thomas Jefferson
  7. My general attitude to life is to enjoy every minute of every day. I never do anything with a feeling of, ‘Oh God, I’ve got to do this today.’ ~Richard Branson

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7 inspirational quotes about life

inspirational quotes about lifeWhether we like or not, life happens to us all.

However you shouldn’t just let it happen. Ideally you should be in control. You only get one life, so you have to make sure it’s the life you want.

I firmly believe that life’s what you make it.

There will be times when you cannot be in control, for whatever reason, but being in control should always be your aim.

Not only should you be in control, you should be doing those things at which you excel and that you enjoy doing too.

Do the things you’re good at and you’ll have a real chance of success, particularly if you’re determined and you work hard.

The most important thing to remember is that you’ll have just this one life, so you have to live your own life in your own way. Only you can know what’s right for you. You’re the captain of your own ship and you decide where it goes.

Listen not to those who seek to constrain your ambitions, with reasons why you shouldn’t try. Instead you must listen to your inner self when your instinct says, “I can do this!”

It matters not whether others think you can, as long as you believe you can.

Life’s not a dress rehearsal. It’s the only life you’re going to experience. So make sure you enjoy the experience.

Yes there’ll be tough times but make sure there are good times too. You won’t live forever but you can make sure you live right now.

Here are 7 inspirational quotes about life which should get you thinking a little.

Inspirational quotes about life:

  1. Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life. ~Omar Khayyam
  2. Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like. ~Lao Tzu
  3. Open your eyes and look within. Are you satisfied with the life you’re living? ~Bob Marley
  4. The truth is you don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow. Life is a crazy ride and nothing is guaranteed. ~Eminem
  5. If you live long enough, you’ll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you’ll be a better person. It’s how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit. ~Bill Clinton
  6. The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are. ~Joseph Campbell
  7. The hardest years in life are those between ten and seventy. ~Helen Hayes

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7 inspirational quotes about happiness

Quotes about happinessIf I were to conduct a survey of readers on the question of happiness, I’m fairly sure that most people would say that whilst they want to be happy, they have yet to achieve that state of mind consistently.

Why is that do you think?

I think it’s because we’re always chasing what we haven’t got.

Being happy requires us to be content with what we’ve got. If we’re always chasing more then by definition we can’t be content with what we’ve got, can we?

So if you want to be happy, then I think the trick is to learn to enjoy whatever it is that you’ve actually got, rather than fretting about those things that you’d like to possess but don’t right now.

Take pleasure in the moment, whenever you can, and always look for the positives in any situation.

Happiness is a state of mind. You can choose to be happy or not. It’s all down to the way you choose to look at the world. You can allow things to bother you or you can say, “I’m not going to worry about stuff I can’t change, I’ll just focus on enjoying my life for what it is and make the best of it.”

Here are 7 inspirational quotes about happiness to help you think about what it all means.

Quotes about happiness:

  1. I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition. ~Martha Washington
  2. It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere. ~Agnes Repplier
  3. Happiness is not something readymade. It comes from your own actions. ~Dalai Lama
  4. Be happy with what you have and are, be generous with both, and you won’t have to hunt for happiness. ~William E. Gladstone
  5. Happiness cannot be travelled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude. ~Denis Waitley
  6. There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will. ~Epictetus
  7. Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present. ~Jim Rohn

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