Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant quotes on decision making

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

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All self-help boils down to "choose long-term over short-term."

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When building habits, choose consistency over 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.

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Decisions: • If you can’t decide, the answer is no. • If two equally difficult paths, choose the one more painful in the short term (pain avoidance is creating an illusion of equality). • Choose the path that leaves you more equanimous in the long term.

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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.

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We waste our time with short term thinking and busywork. Warren Buffett spends a year deciding and a day acting. That act lasts decades.

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You know you're good at something when you switch from making decisions with your conscious mind to making decisions with your instincts.

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Simple heuristic: If you're evenly split on a difficult decision, take the path that's more painful in the short term.

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The market may be irrational in the short term, but so are you if you think that you can time it.

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Political views can be expensive. When what you want to be true diverges from what is true, you'll make bad life decisions.

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Maybe happiness is not something you inherit, or even choose, but a highly personal skill that can be learned, like fitness or nutrition.

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The classical virtues are all decision-making heuristics to make one optimize for the long term rather than for the short term.

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The nice thing about tech company cultures is that there are so many completely different ones to choose from.

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It's shocking how many important life decisions I make by scouring Internet forums.

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