The Almanack of Naval Ravikant, de Eric Jorgenson


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Nota de Frank Spartan

Este libro recoge las ideas principales de Naval Ravikant sobre multitud de temas, con el objetivo último de proporcionar un mapa para vivir una vida rica y feliz en sentido amplio.  Naval es un conocido angel investor que opera con un ángulo filosófico poco común en su profesión y un enfoque muy interesante sobre qué tiene sentido perseguir y cómo hacerlo para encontrar satisfacción vital. Su perspectiva va muy en línea con la filosofía de este blog y le he citado en algunos de mis artículos. 

A continuación reproduzco los pasajes clave del libro (en inglés, sorry). Si quieres acceder al texto íntegro, puedes hacerlo aquí


Seek wealth, not money or status. Wealth is having assets that earn while you sleep. Money is how we transfer time and wealth. Status is your place in the social hierarchy.

Specific knowledge is knowledge you cannot be trained for. If society can train you, it can train someone else and replace you.

«Escape competition through authenticity.» Basically, when you’re competing with people, it’s because you’re copying them. It’s because you’re trying to do the same thing. But every human is different. Don’t copy.

The most important skill for getting rich is becoming a perpetual learner. You have to know how to learn anything you want to learn.

When you find the right thing to do, when you find the right people to work with, invest deeply. Sticking with it for decades is really how you make the big returns in your relationships and in your money. So, compound interest is very important.

Whenever you can in life, optimize for independence rather than pay. If you have independence and you’re accountable on your output, as opposed to your input-that’s the dream.

Learn to sell, learn to build. If you can do both, you will be unstoppable.

Retirement is when you stop sacrificing today for an imaginary tomorrow. When today is complete, in and of itself, you’re retired.

Let’s get you rich first. I’m very practical about it because, you know, Buddha was a prince. He started off really rich, then he got to go off in the woods.

You have to put in the time, but the judgment is more important. The direction you’re heading in matters more than how fast you move, especially with leverage. Picking the direction you’re heading in for every decision is far, far more important than how much force you apply. Just pick the right direction to start walking in, and start walking.

It’s only after you’re bored you have the great ideas. It’s never going to be when you’re stressed, or busy, running around or rushed. Make the time.

If you cannot decide, the answer is no. And the reason is, modern society is full of options. There are tons and tons of options. We live on a planet of seven billion people, and we are connected to everybody on the internet. There are hundreds of thousands of careers available to you. There are so many choices.

If you have two choices to make, and they’re relatively equal choices, take the path more difficult and more painful in the short term. 

Reading science, math, and philosophy one hour per day will likely put you at the upper echelon of human success within seven years.

If you’re talking about an old problem like how to keep your body healthy, how to stay calm and peaceful, what kinds of value systems are good, how you raise a family, and those kinds of things, the older solutions are probably better.

Happiness is there when you remove the sense of something missing in your life.

Happiness to me is mainly not suffering, not desiring, not thinking too much about the future or the past, really embracing the present moment and the reality of what is, and the way it is.

Desire is a contract you make with yourself to be unhappy until you get what you want.

One day, I realized with all these people I was jealous of, I couldn’t just choose little aspects of their life. I couldn’t say I want his body, I want her money, I want his personality. You have to be that person. Do you want to actually be that person with all of their reactions, their desires, their family, their happiness level, their outlook on life, their self-image? If you’re not willing to do a wholesale, 24/7, 100 percent swap with who that person is, then there is no point in being jealous.

Recover time and happiness by minimizing your use of these three smartphone apps: phone, calendar, and alarm clock.

A personal metric: how much of the day is spent doing things out of obligation rather than out of interest?

You always have three options: you can change it, you can accept it, or you can leave it. What is not a good option is to sit around wishing you would change it but not changing it, wishing you could leave it but not leaving it and not accepting it. That struggle or aversion is responsible for most of our misery. The phrase I probably use the most to myself in my head is just one word: “accept.»

When you really want to change, you just change. But most of us don’t really want to change-we don’t want to go through the pain just yet. 

My old definition was «freedom to.» Freedom to do anything I want. Freedom to do whatever I feel like, whenever I feel like. Now, the freedom I’m looking for is internal freedom. It’s “freedom from.» Freedom from reaction. Freedom from feeling angry. Freedom from being sad. Freedom from being forced to do things. I’m looking for «freedom from,» internally and externally, whereas before I was looking for “freedom to.»

Honesty is a core, core, core value. By honesty, I mean I want to be able to just be me. I never want to be in an environment or around people where I have to watch what I say.

How do you define wisdom? Understanding the long-term consequences of your actions.