Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant quotes on taking action

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

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You don’t need mentors, you need action.

2

If the work doesn’t require creativity, delegate it, automate it, or leave it.

3

Highs that don’t lead to subsequent lows: • Meditation, gratitude, prayer, journaling, unconditional love. • Yoga, exercise, play, nature walks. • Creating art, reading for fun, singing, poetry. • Practicing a craft, pursuing curiosity, work done for its own sake, flow.

4

Inspiration is perishable - act on it immediately.

5

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.

6

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

7

Better bored than busy.

8

The optimal zone for performance is “slightly hungry.”

9

The world is full of millions of winner-take-all games. You can become good, but not great, at anything via books, teachers, and mentors. It takes natural talent and obsession. Create, play, and win the game of you.

10

To see if you have free will, just stop exercising it.

11

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

12

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

13

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

14

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

15

"Trying" is the biggest mistake you can make early on in a relationship. It sets a false expectation that you will eventually tire of.

16

Survival & Replication put us on the work treadmill. Hedonic adaptation keeps us there. The trick is knowing when to jump off, and play instead.

17

You'll do better work if you're bored rather than busy.

18

An angry mob can kill an individual, each member absolved of the responsibility of dealing the killing blow. Online mobs are no different.

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