Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant quotes on creativity

Indian-American entrepreneur and investor. He is the co-founder, chairman, and former CEO of AngelList.

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“Artists” calling for censorship don’t know what art is. “Scientists” citing consensus don’t know what science is. “Teachers” indoctrinating students don’t know what teaching is. “Journalists” parroting propaganda don’t know what reporting is. Programming us all day long.


If the work doesn’t require creativity, delegate it, automate it, or leave it.


Highs that don’t lead to subsequent lows: • Meditation, gratitude, prayer, journaling, unconditional love. • Yoga, exercise, play, nature walks. • Creating art, reading for fun, singing, poetry. • Practicing a craft, pursuing curiosity, work done for its own sake, flow.


If you create it for yourself, it’s art. If you create it for others, it’s business.


Sing the song that only you can sing, write the book that only you can write, build the product that only you can build... live the life that only you can live.


You don’t have eight creative, problem-solving hours in the day - you have two. Spend your time wisely.


If you want to live in the future, live in the freest place around. Because eventually, all of the innovators and creators will show up there.


Creativity starts with an empty calendar and ends with a full one.


For knowledge work, time spent has little to do with value created and the forty hour workweek is anachronistic nonsense.


Engineers are leveraged creatives who generate repeatable solutions to practical problems. Engineering automation increases leverage, productivity, and the scope of problems that engineers can tackle. Until we become Gods, society has unlimited demand for creative engineers.


The world is full of millions of winner-take-all games. You can become good, but not great, at anything via books, teachers, and mentors. It takes natural talent and obsession. Create, play, and win the game of you.


In an older society with few resources and mechanical work, the scheduled life is the most productive. In a modern society with permissionless leverage and creative work, the unscheduled life is the most productive.


The most powerful permissionless tools are the spoken word, the written word, mathematics, and the computer. An irresistible stack of leverage for the ambitious creative.


The best jobs are neither decreed nor degreed. They are creative expressions of continuous learners in free markets.


We are living in the golden age of art, and it’s only going to get better. But we are desensitized by familiarity and overwhelmed by choice.


The Internet replaces mid-sized businesses with network-effect based monopolies, each hosting a long tail of creators. We’ll end up with one town hall, one social network, one video host, one music label, one taxi dispatcher, one big-box retailer. Antitrust law is obsolete.


It’s increasingly clear that the wealth and power of any given nation state will be proportional to its ability to create and utilize new technology.


Good artists perform; great artists play.


Creativity arises behind the conscious mind.


One can optimize for productivity or one can optimize for creativity, but it’s hard to do both.


Perhaps this time is different, automation will permanently destroy jobs, & humanity is incapable of relearning & doing creative work. Perhaps it’s time to drop the tyranny of low expections, & new tools will liberate individuals from a lifetime of drudgery, as they always have.


Social media turns ideas into a popularity contest. Real creativity dissents from the status quo. Social media may slow the progress of the species.


Involve groups in the creative process and you inevitably end up with a pile of pleasing, socially-acceptable lies. Contrast blockbuster movies with the great books.


There will come a day when all unskilled labor is eliminated and we look back in horror at the days before everyone was a skilled creator.

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