Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant quotes on time management

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

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1

You’re spending time to save money when you should be spending money to save time.

2

The overscheduled life is not worth living.

3

The human brain isn’t designed to process all of the world’s emergencies in realtime.

4

Time spent has nothing to do with job done.

5

Earn with your mind, not with your time.

6

You don’t get rich by spending your time to save money. You get rich by saving your time to make money.

7

Trade money for time, not time for money. You’re going to run out of time first.

8

You don’t have eight creative, problem-solving hours in the day - you have two. Spend your time wisely.

9

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

10

Learn from times iterated over time spent. Craft a thousand tweets before ten blog posts before one novel. Skim a dozen books before absorbing one. Make many small investments before a few big bets. Build many small products before starting a company. Explore, then exploit.

11

It isn’t 10,000 hours that creates outliers, it’s 10,000 iterations.

12

You’re never going to get rich renting out your time.

13

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.

14

The part of your work that’s new every time is the craft. The part that’s the same every time is the toil.

15

Creativity starts with an empty calendar and ends with a full one.

16

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.

17

For knowledge work, time spent has little to do with value created and the forty hour workweek is anachronistic nonsense.

18

In an older society with few resources and mechanical work, the scheduled life is the most productive. In a modern society with permissionless leverage and creative work, the unscheduled life is the most productive.

19

Time spent honing the pitch is better spent working on the product. Good investors use your pitch to size you up, not to understand or appreciate the business.

20

“Legacy” is the opinion of people not yet born about someone who no longer exists. The only opinion of us that matters is our own. The only time that it matters is now.

21

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

22

Rich people get paid by the project and pay by the hour.

23

Perhaps this time is different, automation will permanently destroy jobs, & humanity is incapable of relearning & doing creative work. Perhaps it’s time to drop the tyranny of low expections, & new tools will liberate individuals from a lifetime of drudgery, as they always have.

24

The older the problem, the older the solution. How to eat well is one of the oldest problems.

25

Once an information monopoly demonstrates that it can control what people say and read, it's only a matter of time until it's nationalized.

26

A busy mind accelerates the passage of subjective time.

27

The market may be irrational in the short term, but so are you if you think that you can time it.

28

Some economic patterns recur, inexactly, less than once a generation. These are when the greatest fortunes are made and lost.

29

If the value you create is not mainly a function of the hours you spend, then you're likely in the right line of work.

30

Creating new financial institutions and products takes years. Unless you're working on a blockchain - then it can be done in a few weekends.

31

Startups options should last for 10 years or allow net exercise. Otherwise employees often have to forfeit on departure. Borderline scam.

32

There will come a day when all unskilled labor is eliminated and we look back in horror at the days before everyone was a skilled creator.

33

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.

34

Autocorrect is one of those technologies where I still can't tell whether it saves me time or costs me time.

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