Over the weekend, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk made headlines with his question and answer session at the National Governors Association meeting in Rhode Island. He talked about the threat he sees from unchecked artificial intelligence, Tesla's stock price and his failed attempt to work with President Trump.

But when he wasn't making news, Musk was dropping knowledge that he clearly hoped all the politicians in the room would pick up.

Here are the seven bits of insight, wisdom and inspiration from his time with the governors that have been largely overlooked, but that are worth considering for anyone running a business or running for office.

On what drives him (and should probably drive you): "I want to be able to think about the future and feel good about that -- that we're doing what we can to have the future be as good as possible, to be inspired by what is likely to happen and to look forward to the next day."

On American innovation: "America is a nation of explorers... people who came here from other parts of the world that chose to give up the known in favor of the unknown. The United States is a distillation of the human spirit of exploration."

On new (and old) regulations: "It's real important to get the rules right... regulations are immortal. They never die unless somebody actually goes and kills them (which requires) a lot of momentum."

On giving support to small and medium companies when it comes to encouraging innovation: "It's kind of like trying to grow a tree in the forest. It's real hard for a new company to grow; when it's just a seedling or sapling, it needs more protection than if it's a giant redwood."

On predicting what will happen in the next five to ten years: "Things are going to grow exponentially, so there's a big difference between five and ten years (out)."

On Tesla, its stock price and managing expectations: "I really wouldn't recommend anyone start a car company. It's not a recipe for happiness and freedom."

Constructive criticism for NASA (and just about any other public-facing organization): "To get the public excited, you've got to get people in the picture. It's 100 times different if there are people in the picture."

You can watch the entire session below (the conversation begins around 27 minutes in).