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Naval Ravikant Quotes That Could Change Your Life • Podcast Notes

Naval Ravikant Quotes That Could Change Your Life • Podcast Notes


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The Mind Of Naval Ravikant

The Angel Philosopher Naval Ravikant has blown the collective mind of Twitter and Podcast Land too many times to count.

Here is the ultimate list of his life-changing quotes and wisdom.

On Books And Reading

  • It’s better to go through a book really slowly, and struggle and stumble and rewind, than it is to fly through it quickly just to say, ‘Well now I’ve read 20 books.'
  • I would rather read the best hundred books over and over again until I absorb them, rather than read every single book...

Doing What You Love

  • The first step to being happier is to believe you can be happier.
  • What you do, and how you do it, is so much more important than how hard you do it.
  • Productize Yourself – Create a product out of whatever it is that you naturally and uniquely do really well.

Decision Making Heuristics

  • When faced with a difficult choice, if you can’t decide, the answer is no.
  • If you have two choices to make, and they’re relatively equal (it’s 50/50), take the path that’s more difficult and more painful in the short term.
  • In times of interpersonal conflict, make the choice t...

An Understanding Of Life

  • Guilt is just society’s voice speaking in your head.
  • You don’t have to deal with anyone you don’t want to – just walk away.
  • We’re afraid of death because we fear we haven’t spent our time here on earth wisely.
  • If you’re smart, you sho...


I don’t care how rich you are. I don’t care whether you’re a top Wall Street banker, if somebody has to tell you when to be at work, what to wear and how to behave, you’re not a free person. You’re not actually rich.

The News

You have social statisticians, scientists, and researchers in lab coats, literally the best minds of our generation figuring out how to addict you to the news. And if you fall for it, if you get addicted. your brain will get destroyed.

We are overexposed to everything. The way to survive in...

The Idea Of Peace

Peace is happiness at rest and happiness is peace in motion. You can convert peace to happiness anytime you want.

In today’s day and age, many people think you get peace by resolving all your external problems, but there are unlimited external problems. The only way to actually get peace on...

How To Retire Early

The way to retire is actually to find the thing that you know how to do better than anybody. And you know how to do it better than anybody because you love to do it. No one can compete with you if you love to do it. Be authentic and then figure out how to map that to what society actually wants, ...

Work And Career

  • Stop thinking in terms of “careers”
  • Instead, focus on developing skills, and doing what you want to do at a particular time to get paid.
  • The idea of having a lifelong career is going away.
  • If you want money – “Give the world something it wants that it does not yet kno...


The number one thing you can have is general intelligence, because general intelligence allows you to get good at everything else”.

If you’re smart, and question everything, you’ll eventually figure everything else out at a good enough level – this can apply to nutrition, fitness, your sale...

Productize Yourself

  • Package yourself in a product.
  • Create a product out of whatever it is that you naturally and uniquely do really well.
  • If you compete at being someone else, you won’t be the best in the world at it, and in turn, you won’t get rewarded properly for it.
  • If you’re getting...


You’re not going to get rich renting out your time. Aim to have a job, career, or profession where your inputs don’t match your output.

Being tracked on the outputs, rather than the inputs, will allow you to control your time much better.

2000 years ago, the inputs and outputs were co...

Wealth Is Freedom

Everybody can be wealthy. It’s not a zero-sum game; it’s a positive-sum game.

The reason you want wealth is because it buys you freedom, so you don’t have to wear a tie like a collar around your neck, so you don’t have to wake up at 7 AM and rush to work in traffic, so you ...

The Five Most Important Skills

The 5 most important skills are reading, writing, arithmetic, persuasion, and computer programming.

If you’re good with computers, if you’re good at basic math, if you’re good at writing, if you’re good at speaking, and if you like reading, you’re set for life.


  • Get comfortable with frequent, small failures. If you’re willing to bleed a little bit every day, but in exchange, you win big later, you’ll be better off.
  • Become the best in the world at what you do. Keep redefining what you do until this is true.
  • Reject most advice (but re...


  • Happiness is a bad word, it’s like love, it’s overloaded, it means too many different things.
  • You have to work to achieve happiness, but you don’t need to overwork yourself to get it.
  • It’s very easy for self-improvement to degenerate into self-conflict and self-conflict into ...


  • Desire is suffering… every desire you have is an axis where you will suffer. So just don’t focus on more than one desire at a time.
  • The universe is rigged in such a way that if you just want one thing, and you focus on that, you’ll get it, but everything else you gotta let go.


Meetings should really be phone calls, phone calls should be emails, and emails should just be texts.

The cost of meetings is so high, especially given all the people who are in there. You’re literally just dying an hour at a time. You have to drop non-urgent meetings or fo...

Your Hourly Rate

  • Set an aspirational hourly rate for yourself and stick to it.
  • Then, never do anything with your time for less than that amount – whether it’s attending a meeting or returning a package from Amazon (besides things for fun and leisure, of course).
  • If I have to return someth...

  • Be RUTHLESS about not scheduling things. You will HAVE to disappoint people, but when they want your time, that’s their problem, not yours.
  • Busy is the death of productivity.
  • You have to get bored before you can get creative… You can’t be creative on schedule.
  • You nee...


  • The most important form of leverage is the idea of products that have no marginal cost of replication (aka product leverage).
  • You can replicate your efforts without having to involve other humans.
  • Long ago, to get a similar reach, you would have had to give a public lecture.

Product Leverage

  • Product leverage is how fortunes will be made in the digital age – using things like code or media
  • People who utilized code-based product leverage – Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, Sergey Brin.
  • Kings of media-based product leverage – Joe Rogan, Gary Vee.

The Robot Revolution

The robot revolution has already arrived – we just keep them in data centres/servers.

Every great software developer has an army of software robots working for him/her at night, while they sleep, after they’ve written the code and they’re just cranking away:

  • Robots do web searchi...

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