Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant quotes on self reflection

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

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If you want to be rewarded, you have to be irreplaceable. If you want to be irreplaceable, you have to be unique. If you want to be unique, you have to be authentic. If you want to be authentic, stop listening to everyone and everything else. It’s drowning “you” out.


The ability to stay calm during conflict is a superpower.


A happy person isn’t someone who’s happy all the time. It’s someone who effortlessly interprets events in such a way that they don’t lose their innate peace.


The more seriously you take yourself, the unhappier you’re going to be.


Think for yourself, not of yourself. Think of others, not for others.


Meditation is intermittent fasting for the mind. Too much sugar leads to a heavy body, and too many distractions lead to a heavy mind. Time spent undistracted and alone, in self-examination, journaling, meditation, resolves the unresolved and takes us from mentally fat to fit.


Self-awareness is the most attractive trait.


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


Just like a low resting heart rate is the byproduct of intense exercise, low anxiety is the byproduct of intense self-examination.


Changing habits: Pick one thing. Cultivate a desire. Visualize it. Plan a sustainable path. Identify needs, triggers, and substitutes. Tell your friends. Track meticulously. Self-discipline is a bridge to a new self-image. Bake in the new self-image. It’s who you are, now.


Behind every successful entrepreneur is a former failed self.


Once you’ve truly controlled your own fate, for better or for worse, you’ll never let anyone else tell you what to do.


If you are the hero in the story of your life, realize that the best books and movies aren’t the longest books and movies.


Wisdom is the product of experience and honest reflection.


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


Creativity arises behind the conscious mind.


Young children are at their most mesmerizing when they aren’t self-conscious at all.


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


I keep seeing myself in my mind’s eye, but then I remember - no one is watching. There is nothing “out” there.


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.


Everyone starts out innocent. Everyone is corrupted. Wisdom is the discarding of vices and the return to virtue, by way of knowledge.


We think of ourselves as fixed and the world as malleable, but it's really we who are malleable and the world is largely fixed.


Babies and animals are interesting to watch because they aren’t self conscious at all.


Before you can lie to another, you must first lie to yourself.


Value your time at an hourly rate and ruthlessly spend to save time at that rate. You will never be worth more than you think you're worth.

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