Naval Ravikant’s Wisdom

I read a great article sometime toward the end of last year that regards advice that Naval has given in the past. Here are some of the points that stood out to me. I recommend reading the whole article if you have the time.

1. If you want to be successful, surround yourself with people that are more successful than you are. If you want to be happy, surround yourself with people that are less successful than you are.

2. To add behaviours/habits, do it one at a time.
To subtract, easier to do a lot at once. Most of them are interwoven anyways.

3. Pick one behaviour to change and give it 3 – 6 months to carry out.

4. Knowing how little you matter – very important for your own mental health and happiness

5. Set super low expectations and you won’t be disappointed. Seneca’s practice.

6. Confucius says you have two lives and the second one begins when you realize you only have one.

7. Advice to 20-year-old self:

  • chill out, don’t stress so much, everything will be fine
  • be more yourself, don’t try to live up to other people’s expectations
  • self-actualize
  • say no to more things
  • your time is very precious – on your dying days, you will trade EVERYTHING for another day
  • live in the moment

8. If I had always done what I was qualified to do, I would be pushing a broom somewhere***.


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