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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.
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.
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 modern society is to be an ascetic, it is to retreat from society. There’s too much society everywhere you go. You have society in your phone, society in your pocket, society in your ears… It’s socializing you and programming everyone. The only solution is to turn it off.
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 the inside is by giving up the idea of having problems.
The peace that we seek is not peace of mind, it’s peace from mind.
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, apply some leverage, put your name on it so you take the risks but you gain the rewards, have ownership and equity in what you do, and then just crank it out.
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 sales skills, really anything.
Intelligence and open-mindedness are everything.
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 connected – effort=result.
Specific Knowledge – A combination of unique traits from your DNA, combined with your unique upbringing and your response to it
Figure out what it was you were doing as a kid, almost effortlessly, that you didn’t even really consider a skill, but people around you would notice.
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 don’t have to waste away your entire life grinding all your productive hours away to a soulless job that doesn’t fulfil you.
All the benefits in life come from compound interest, whether in relationships, life, your career, health, or learning.
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.
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 forget them altogether if you want to do anything great.
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:
Coding is a superpower because it allows you to speak the language of the robots and tell them what to do.
Live life, Laugh hard, Love selflessly, Serve God.
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