Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant quotes on success

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

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1

Imagine how effective you would be if you weren’t anxious all the time.

2

In physical domains (diet, workouts), consistency is king. In intellectual and social domains, wins are rare, sudden, and nonlinear - 99% of effort is “wasted.” Once we find our ideal spouse, career, friends, we realize how much time we squandered by not moving on sooner.

3

Behind every successful entrepreneur is a former failed self.

4

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.

5

Optimists thrive but pessimists survive.

6

Persistence is paramount on the long road to product-market fit. Partners disappoint. Customers delay. Growth stalls. Passions fade. Loyalty to each other gets the team to the other side.

7

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.

8

Founders run every sprint as if they’re about to lose, but grind out the long race knowing that victory is inevitable.

9

The problem with getting good at a game, especially one with big rewards, is that you continue playing it long after you should have outgrown it.

10

When working, surround yourself with people more successful than you. When playing, surround yourself with people happier than you.

11

Any analysis of California’s economic success should note its monopolization of all of the warm, dry coastline in the largest market in the world.

12

Be the best in the world at what you do. Keep redefining what you do until this is true.

13

A friend who was very successful elsewhere and recently moved here, commented "people here [in Silicon Valley] don't seem very happy."

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