Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant quotes on personal learning / growth

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

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Doctors won’t make you healthy. Nutritionists won’t make you slim. Teachers won’t make you smart. Gurus won’t make you calm. Mentors won’t make you rich. Trainers won’t make you fit. Ultimately, you have to take responsibility. Save yourself.


Schools aren’t about learning. Offices aren’t about working. Churches aren’t about praying. Restaurants aren’t about eating.


Listening to books instead of reading them is like drinking your vegetables instead of eating them.


Knowledge is discovered collectively, wisdom is rediscovered individually.


Knowledge is a skyscraper. You can take a shortcut with a fragile foundation of memorization, or build slowly upon a steel frame of understanding.


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


The world is full of teachers but devoid of students.


Returns are made on the way up. Reputations are made on the way down.


Write to learn, not to teach.


Investing well is a skill that everyone can and should learn. Accreditation rules prevent learning and push people into a small set of "safe" assets, high-priced managers, and into lotteries / gambling. Rules based on sophistication instead of net worth would lower inequality.


Teaching is more a way for the teacher to learn than for the student to learn.


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


The skills you really want can’t be taught, but they can be learned.


Free education is abundant, all over the Internet. It's the desire to learn that's scarce.


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


The greatest superpower is the ability to change yourself.


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.


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.


Clear thinkers appeal to their own authority.


Mathematics is the language of nature. Perhaps we can teach and learn it more easily as such.


Making money is not a thing that you do - it's a skill that you learn.


Technology is the application of knowledge to control the natural world. It's the greatest driver of both human prosperity and our capacity for self-annihilation.


We study science to learn how to get what we want. We study philosophy to know what to want in the first place.


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


Learn to love to read, and all human knowledge is available to you right now. No need for a priest to interpret a textbook for you.

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