Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant quotes on thinking

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

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I, and I alone, am responsible for everything I think and feel.


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


A group of people who think differently is a market. A group of people who think alike is a mob.


They want to punish you for your speech because they can’t punish you for your thoughts.


Unresolved thoughts, prematurely pushed out of the mind, pile up in an internal landfill - which eventually pokes out of the subconscious and manifests as chronic, nonspecific anxiety.


Founder mentality: If you think like an owner, and you act like an owner, it’s only a matter of time until you become an owner.


When the mind is speaking without permission, it’s lying.


True reasoning is only possible when there is no motivation.


A contrarian isn’t one who always objects - that’s a confirmist of a different sort. A contrarian reasons independently, from the ground up, and resists pressure to conform.


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.


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


What we reason for ourselves may help others. What we reason for others will not help us.


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.


Clear thinkers appeal to their own authority.


To think clearly, understand the basics. If you're memorizing advanced concepts without being able to re-derive them as needed, you're lost.


Bored of conventional thinkers. Clear and independent thinkers are far rarer than "smart" or "educated."


Put your money where your mind is.


You can approximate how independent of a thinker you are by noticing how neatly your political beliefs line up with those of your party.


We never stop playing make-believe as we get older. The fantasies just become more private and more frequent.


Very smart people tend to be weird since they insist on thinking everything through for themselves.

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