Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant quotes on work

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

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Schools aren’t about learning. Offices aren’t about working. Churches aren’t about praying. Restaurants aren’t about eating.


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


Forty hour workweeks, regardless of the job. Four year degrees, regardless of the major. Four decades to retirement, regardless of the career. Remnants of the Industrial Age.


Everybody wants to hire the best. Nobody wants to pay them the best.


Half of us are working from couch and luxuriating in the myth of shared sacrifice. The other half are getting their livelihoods crushed while the virus lies in wait.


Retirement starts when you stop sacrificing today for some imaginary tomorrow. You retire by saving up enough money, becoming a monk, or by finding work that feels like play to you.


Everybody wants to hire the best. Very few actually pay them like they’re the best.


Working with who you want to work with, on what you want to work on, is actually just play.


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


Forty hour workweeks are a relic of the Industrial Age. Knowledge workers function like athletes - train and sprint, then rest and reassess.


Technology destroys jobs and replaces them with opportunities.


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


The best jobs are neither decreed nor degreed. They are creative expressions of continuous learners in free markets.


Startups shouldn’t worry about how to put out fires, they should worry about how to start them.


This may be the last generation that has a powerful tool like the Internet, and the focused attention span to do deep work.


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


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


An entrepreneur without drive is just unemployed.


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.


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


You have to pick something big to work on, because it's hard to commit your life to something small.

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