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Naval Ravikant Quotes On Twitter – Getting Continuous Updates

Because you have little time, here’s the mega short TL;DR (too long; didn’t read) summary of Naval. (You may also like our article on How to Get Rich Without Getting Lucky). Naval Ravikant (@naval) never ceases to amaze us. We’re sure you’ll agree, his insight density is unmatchable.

“Wealth creation is an evolutionarily recent positive-sum game. Status is an old zero-sum game. Those attacking wealth creation are often just seeking status.” – Naval

“Learn to sell. Learn to build. If you can do both, you will be unstoppable.” – Naval

“You want to be rich and anonymous, not poor and famous.” – Naval

“Don’t do things that you know are morally wrong. Not because someone is watching, but because you are. Self-esteem is just the reputation that you have with yourself. You’ll always know.” – Naval

“Free education is abundant, all over the internet. It’s the desire to learn that’s scarce.” – Naval

“If you’re going to pick 3 cards in the hand you’re dealt, take intelligence, drive, and most importantly, emotional self-discipline.” – Naval

“The fundamental delusion there is something out there that will make me happy and fulfilled forever.” – Naval

“When it comes to medicine and nutrition, subtract before you add.” – Naval

“Develop ‘strategic incompetence’ people won’t ask you to do things you hate to do, if you’re bad at them.” – Naval

“All the benefits in life come from compound interest relationship, money, habits anything of importance.” – Naval

“The variation between engineering output is so high that the best engineers will always be underpaid, and driven towards founding companies.” – Naval

“The top two skillsets for blockchain entrepreneurs, in order: Technology development. Community development. That’s it.” – Naval

“Reading my old blog posts makes me cringe. The posturing is so obvious.” – Naval

“The better the reviewed knows the reviewer, the kinder the review. Negative reviews get rarer as you go from Amazon to Yelp to AirBnB.” – Naval

“There are no get rich quick schemes. That’s just someone else getting rich off you.” – Naval

“If you create intersections, you’re going to have collisions.” – Naval

“Become the best in the world at what you do. Keep redefining what you do until this is true.” – Naval

“Bitcoin is a tool for freeing humanity from oligarchs and tyrants, dressed up as a get-rich-quick scheme.” – Naval

“Specific knowledge is found by pursuing your genuine curiosity and passion rather than whatever is hot right now.” – Naval

“If you want to be successful, surround yourself with people who are more successful than you are, but if you want to be happy, surround yourself with people who are less successful than you are.” – Naval

“I think the best way to prepare for the future 20 years is find something you love to do, to have a shot at being one of the best people in the world at it. Build an independent brand around it, with your name.” – Naval

“Knowledge is either from direct experience or from verifiable, falsifiable science. There is knowledge that is transmitted but not verifiable / falsifiable, and this knowledge is indistinguishable from that which is false.” – Naval

“Populism is what we call democracy when we don’t like the outcome.” – Naval

“Earn with your mind, not with your time.” – Naval

“Inspiration is perishable – act on it immediately.” – Naval

“Perhaps one reason why yoga and meditation are hard to sustain is that they have no extrinsic value. Purely single player games.” – Naval

“The fundamental delusion – there is something out there that will make me happy and fulfilled forever.” – Naval

“Develop ‘strategic incompetence’ – people won’t ask you to do things you hate to do, if you’re bad at them.” – Naval

“Set and enforce an aspirational personal hourly rate. If fixing a problem will save less than your hourly rate, ignore it. If outsourcing a task will cost less than your hourly rate, outsource it.” – Naval

“A lion is prized for its strength and a bird for its flight, their uniquely expressed attributes. Similarly, humans are prized for their reason, and not their trappings – physical, material or social.” – Naval

“No meetings before 11 am. No meetings when emails or calls will do. Don’t schedule calls, text coordinate them on the fly when possible. Cram all meetings into two days a week. 1-on-1s are usually 30-minute walking meetings.(Meetings are the death of productivity)” – Naval

“There’s a theory that I call ‘the five chimps theory’. In Zoology, you can predict the mood and behavior patterns of any chimp by which five chimps they hang out with the most. Choose your five chimps carefully.” – Naval

“VCs and universities are both in the business of hunting black swans. They filter the applicant funnel, the brand selected candidates, and harvest the winner’s rep to further enlarge the funnel.” – Naval

“If you eat, invest, and think according to what the ‘news’ advocates, you’ll end up nutritionally, financially and morally bankrupt.” – Naval

“You can have the mind or you can have the moment.” – Naval

“Ego is false confidence, self-respect is true confidence” – Naval

“No meetings before 11 am. No meetings when emails or calls will do. Don’t schedule calls, text coordinate them on the fly when possible. Cram all meetings into two days a week. 1-on-1s are usually 30-minute walking meetings. (Meetings are the death of productivity)” – Naval

“Wondering how long until social media-induced mental illnesses start getting recognized and treated.” – Naval

“The most important trick to be happy is to realize that happiness is a choice that you make and a skill set that you develop. You choose to be happy, and then you work at it. It’s just like building muscles.” – Naval

“Reading is more efficient when at rest. Audio is more efficient when in motion.” – Naval

“Rich people get paid by the project and pay by the hour.” – Naval

“Study microeconomics, game theory, psychology, persuasion, ethics, mathematics, and computers.” – Naval

“We say “peace of mind” but really what we want is peace from the mind.” – Naval

“We prefer to see “winners” as “naturally talented” rather than “hard-working.” Because if it were reversed, what would that imply about us?” – Naval

“When building habits, choose consistency over the content. The best book is the one you can’t put down. The best exercise is the one you enjoy doing every day. The best health food is the one you find tasty. The best work is the work you’d do for free.” – Naval

“Blockchains are now sucking in top-tier Silicon Valley tech talent faster than any boom since the Internet.” – Naval

“The right to debate should not be up for debate” – Naval

“Signaling virtue is a vice.” – Naval

“A rational person can find peace by cultivating indifference to things outside of their control.” – Naval

“Yoga cultivates Peace of Body. Meditation cultivates Peace of Mind.” – Naval

“If you hurt other people because they have an expectation of you that’s their problem. If they have an agreement from you that’s yours” – Naval

“The distant future is small free cities with drone armies and skill-based immigration policies, surrounded by a sea of failed socialist states.” – Naval

“Better to find a new audience than to write for the audience.” – Naval

“Making money through an early lucky trade is the worst way to win. The bad habits that it reinforces will lead to a lifetime of losses.” – Naval

“My 1 repeated learning in life: ‘There Are No Adults’ Everyone’s making it up as they go along. Figure it out yourself, and do it.” – Naval

“Before you can lie to another, you must first lie to yourself.” – Naval

“School, politics, sports, and games train us to compete against others. True rewards – wealth, knowledge, love, fitness, and equanimity – come from ignoring others and improving ourselves.” – Naval

“All greatness comes from suffering.” – Naval

“Humans are basically habit machines… I think learning how to break habits is actually a very important meta-skill and can serve you in life almost better than anything else.” – Naval

“Watch every thought. Always ask, why am I having this thought.” – Naval

“Enlightenment is the space between your thoughts.” – Naval

“Clear thinkers appeal to their own authority.” – Naval

“Mathematics is the language of nature.” – Naval

“Someone who is using a lot of fancy words and big concepts probably doesn’t know what they’re talking about. The smartest people can explain things to a child; if you can’t do that, you don’t understand the concept.” – Naval

“We feel guilt when we no longer want to associate with old friends and colleagues who haven’t changed. The price, and marker, of growth.” – Naval

“Objectively, the world is improving. To the elites, it’s falling apart as their long-lived institutions are flattened by the Internet.” – Naval

“Success is the enemy of learning. It can deprive you of the time and the incentive to start over. Beginner’s mind also needs a beginner’s time.” – Naval

“The secret to public speaking is to speak as if you were alone.” – Naval

“Society has had multiple stores of value, as none is perfectly secure. Gold, oil, dollars, real estate, (some) bonds & equities. Crypto is the first that’s decentralized and digital.” – Naval

“One of the most damaging and widespread social beliefs is the idea that most adults are incapable of learning new skills.” – Naval

“The real struggle isn’t proletariat vs bourgeois. It’s between high-status elites and wealthy elites. When their cooperation breaks, revolution.” – Naval

“If you see a get rich quick scheme, that’s someone else trying to get rich off of you.” – Naval

“The fundamental delusion – there is something out there that will make me happy and fulfilled forever.” – Naval

“It’s the mark of a charlatan to try and explain simple things in complex ways and it’s the mark of a genius to explain complicated things in simple ways.” – Naval

“Happiness is a choice and a skill and you can dedicate yourself to learning that skill and making that choice.” – Naval

“People who live far below their means enjoy a freedom that people busy upgrading their lifestyles can’t fathom.” – Naval

“The first rule of handling conflict is don’t hang around people who are constantly engaging in conflict.” – Naval

“A contrarian isn’t one who always objects – that’s a conformist of a different sort. A contrarian reasons independently, from the ground up, and resists pressure to conform.” – Naval

“All the real benefits of life come from compound interest.” – Naval

“Anger is a hot coal that you hold in your hand while waiting to throw it at someone else.” – Naval

“Above product-market fit is founder-product-market fit.” – Naval

“Wealth creation is an evolutionarily recent positive-sum game. Status is an old zero-sum game. Those attacking wealth creation are often just seeking status.” – Naval

“A personal metric: how much of the day is spent doing things out of obligation rather than out of interest.” – Naval

“So I have no time for short-term things: dinners with people I won’t see again, tedious ceremonies to please tedious people, traveling to places that I wouldn’t go to on vacation.” – Naval

“You make your own luck if you stay at it long enough.” – Naval

“I don’t plan. I’m not a planner. I prefer to live in the moment and be free and to flow and to be happy.” – Naval

“We’re not really here for that long and we don’t really matter that much. And nothing that we do lasts. So eventually you will fade. Your works will fade. Your children will fade. Your thoughts will fade. This planet will fade. The sun will fade. It will all be gone.” – Naval

“Technology is not only the thing that moves the human race forward, but it’s the only thing that ever has. Without technology, we’re just monkeys playing in the dirt.” – Naval

“Cynicism is easy. Mimicry is easy. Optimistic contrarians are the rarest breed.” – Naval

“To be honest, speak without identity.” – Naval

“Don’t do things that you know are morally wrong. Not because someone is watching, but because you are. Self-esteem is just the reputation that you have with yourself.” – Naval

“Technology is applied science. Science is the study of nature. Mathematics is the language of nature. Philosophy is the root of mathematics. All tightly interrelated.” – Naval

“Social media has degenerated into a deafening cacophony of groups signaling and repeating their shared myths.” – Naval

“Think clearly from the ground up. Understand and explain from first principles. Ignore society and politics. Acknowledge what you have. Control your emotions.” – Naval

“The problem happens when we have multiple desires. When we have fuzzy desires. When we want to do ten different things and we’re not clear about which is the one we care about.” – Naval

“The older the problem, the older the solution.” – Naval

“Don’t debate people in the media when you can debate them in the marketplace.” – Naval

“A fit body, a calm mind, a house full of love. These things cannot be bought – they must be earned.” – Naval

“Crypto is a bet against the modern macroeconomic dogma, which is passed off as science, but is really a branch of politics – with rulers, winners, and losers.” – Naval

“If it entertains you now but will bore you someday, it’s a distraction. Keep looking.” – Naval

“The most important trick to be happy is to realize that happiness is a choice that you make and a skill that you develop. You choose to be happy, and then you work at it. It’s just like building muscles.” – Naval

“If you try to micromanage yourself all you’re going to do is make yourself miserable.” – Naval

“Be present above all else.” – Naval

“I don’t have time is just saying it’s not a priority.” – Naval

“Sophisticated foods are bittersweet (wine, beer, coffee, chocolate). Addictive relationships are cooperative and competitive. Work becomes flow at the limits of ability. The flavor of life is on the edge.” – Naval

“Happiness is a state where nothing is missing.” – Naval

“Earn with your mind, not your time.” – Naval

“If they can train you to do it, then eventually they will train a computer to do it.” – Naval

“Even today, what to study and how to study it are more important than where to study it and for how long. The best teachers are on the Internet. The best books are on the Internet. The best peers are on the Internet. The tools for learning are abundant. It’s the desire to learn that’s scarce.” – Naval

“Escape competition through authenticity.” – Naval

“The people who succeed are irrationally passionate about something.” – Naval

“If you’re more passionate about founding a business than the business itself, you can fall into a ten-year trap. Better to stay emotionally unattached and select the best opportunity that arises. Applies to relationships too.” – Naval

“Smart money is just dumb money that’s been through a crash.” – Naval

“Love is given, not received.” – Naval

“Following your genuine intellectual curiosity is a better foundation for a career than following whatever is making money right now.” – Naval

“People who try to look smart by pointing out obvious exceptions actually signal the opposite.” – Naval

“Desire is a contract that you make with yourself to be unhappy until you get what you want.” – Naval

“If you’re desensitized to the fact that you’re going to die, consider it a different way. As far as you’re concerned, this world is going to end. Now what.” – Naval

“This is such a short and precious life that it’s really important that you don’t spend it being unhappy.” – Naval

“Branding requires accountability. To build a great personal brand (an eponymous one), you must take on the risk of being publicly wrong.” – Naval

“People spend too much time doing and not enough time thinking about what they should be doing.” – Naval

“Every moment has to be complete in and of itself.” – Naval

“If you can’t see yourself working with someone for life, don’t work with them for a day.” – Naval

“Morality and ethics automatically emerge when we realize the long term consequences of our actions.” – Naval

“Information is everywhere but its meaning is created by the observer that interprets it. Meaning is relative and there is no objective, overarching meaning.” – Naval

“All the benefits in life come from compound interest – money, relationships, habits – anything of importance.” – Naval

“The power to make and break habits and learning how to do that is really important.” – Naval

“The Efficient Markets Hypothesis fails because humans are herd animals, not independent rational actors. Thus the best investors tend to be antisocial and contrarian.” – Naval

“Politics is sports writ large – pick a side, rally the tribe, exchange stories confirming bias, hurl insults and threats at the other side.” – Naval

“If you don’t love yourself who will.” – Naval

“Caught in a funk? Use meditation, music, and exercise to reset your mood. Then choose a new path to commit emotional energy for rest of day.” – Naval

“Forty-hour workweeks are a relic of the Industrial Age. Knowledge workers function like athletes – train and sprint, then rest and reassess.” – Naval

“Lots of literacy in modern society, but not enough numeracy.” – Naval

“Total honesty at all times. It’s almost always possible, to be honest, & positive.” – Naval

“If the primary purpose of the school was education, the Internet should obsolete it. But the school is mainly about credentialing.” – Naval

“You’re never going to get rich renting out your time.” – Naval

“Truth is that which has predictive power.” – Naval

“Who you do business with is just as important as what you choose to do.” – Naval

“You can change it, you can accept it, or you can leave it. What is not a good option is to sit around wishing you would change it but not changing it, wishing you would leave it but not leaving it, and not accepting it. It’s that struggle, that aversion, that is responsible for most of our misery. The phrase that I use the most to myself in my head is one word: accept.” – Naval

“If being ethical were profitable everybody would do it.” – Naval

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