Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant quotes on systems thinking

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

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The only real test of intelligence is if you get what you want out of life.

2

Lasting novels don’t come from literature departments. Successful businesses don’t come from business schools. Scientific revolutions don’t come from research universities. Get your education, then get moving. Find the loners tinkering at the edge.

3

The biggest advantage of working remotely is that you no longer have to pretend to work 60 hours a week.

4

Everyone has good intentions. Everyone believes they’re doing it for someone or something else. The only true measures are actions and results.

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Persistent, non-specific anxiety is the result of wanting so much, talking so much, and doing so much that you lose touch with the quiet joys of solitude.

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All systems insulated from feedback from free markets or natural forces eventually get corrupted.

7

Living a life of integrity pays off, but it takes a very long time.

8

The optimal zone for performance is “slightly hungry.”

9

To maximize distribution, minimize the message. • Books - blog posts • Podcasts - snippets • Blog posts - tweetstorms • Use stand-alone tweets in tweetstorms • Tweet sparingly - high signal, low noise Readers have options - respect their time.

10

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.

11

In the startup olympics, first place gets a monopoly, second place gets a medal, and there is no third place.

12

If you're intellectually honest and advocate for a system that controls people, turn over the keys to your enemies for a dry run.

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Any discipline or institution whose output is to tell people how to think and behave eventually gets co-opted and corrupted. Only disciplines and institutions whose output tells us how to manipulate nature, tools, and systems can stay objective.

14

Good artists perform; great artists play.

15

Global trade gave us a shared circulatory system. Porous borders gave us a shared immune system. Social media gives us a shared nervous system.

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Morality and ethics automatically emerge when we realize the long term consequences of our actions.

17

The variation between engineering output is so high that the best engineers will always be underpaid, and driven towards founding companies.

18

Building a brand? Curate your output so your followers don’t have to.

19

The idea that a game between strangers with arbitrary rules and no practical consequences matters, is a social hallucination.

20

Uncertainty, not outcome, is the root of stress.

21

The illusion of free will emerges because our brains don't have enough computational power to model themselves. True of any complex system.

22

Skeptics demanding a current, mass-market use case for blockchains miss the point. Currently priced at a low probability of a large outcome.

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All living systems locally reverse entropy but globally increase it. More complex, more entropy. Life accelerates 2nd Law of Thermodynamics.

24

The older you get, the more you think about doing lasting things.

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You can get almost anything you want out of life, as long as it's one thing and you want it far more than anything else.

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In modern times, systems have replaced individuals as persecutors of individuals. Against systems, individuals can only protest or escape.

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The promise of blockchains: Markets for everything. Upgrade overloaded free systems (spammed protocols) or centralized systems (banks)

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