My Life Gets Better Every Time I Listen To Naval Ravikant. Here’s Why.

Derick David
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You’re born, you have a whole set of sensory experiences and stimulations and lights and colors and sounds, and then you die.

ve stumbled upon this very interesting guy a few months ago when I decided to watch a Joe Rogan podcast episode, which was recommended to me by a friend at the time.

So, I went to Youtube immediately when I got home and started watching the podcast. 10 minutes into the episode? My jaw-dropped. After 1 hour? I just was speechless.

When the episode finished, I only knew one thing.

I saw life in a completely different way.

The episode gathered many positive responses from Twitter and Instagram, which made me wonder what does this guy does so well that people on social media keep talking about him in such high praise.

From designers, programmers, investors, and CEOs.
Everyone is quoting and sharing his pieces of wisdom.

I myself started sharing his quotes and anecdotes on my social media.

Who is he?

His name is Naval Ravikant, and he is an Indian-American tech entrepreneur and an investor. He is the CEO and co-founder of AngelList, and he has invested in more than 100 companies, including Uber, Twitter, and Yammer.

Naval jokingly described himself as,

The hero to young male geeks.

He isn’t wrong. In a way, I’m a young male geek, and I have since considered him as a hero after the Canadian Clinical Psychologist Jordan Peterson.

Naval Ravikant has since helped me find my clear path in life and he has taught me the idea of limitless power.

What makes Naval Ravikant particularly interesting is that he gives away this Buddhist vibe and teachings while being able to connect it with technology and business.

In total disclosure, he’s of Indian descent, and he’s a tech CEO.

So, when he says a piece of wisdom, it makes you want to extract the inner Buddha inside of you right away. The feeling is like when you’ve finally figured out a life-long mystery. And he does it so well that you might think God sent him to send that message.

Enough of the intro.

Let’s look at the four lessons the Tech CEO and Investor, Naval Ravikant, that made me see life in a completely different way and, as a result, helping me build a billion-dollar life.

“Most of modern life, all our diseases, are diseases of abundance, not diseases of scarcity.”

Naval says that there’s too much of everything in this day and age. That most human problems nowadays are not problems of having too little in life, but by having too much.

For instance, people tend to have too many desires in life that they end up getting overwhelmed, and as a result, they end up achieving nothing.

Naval describes this by saying,

“A healthy person wants 1000 things, but a sick person only wants 1 thing.”

There’s abundance everywhere.

The abundance of desires, of information, of social media friends, of money.

Your mind cannot handle abundance if you have a lot of things in mind.

How to apply this to your life:

Limit your desires in life. Aim to focus on 1 thing only and do that 1 thing really well. Don’t have thousands of things in mind; only have one thing.

When establishing a goal, focus to achieve one goal until it’s done.

I imagine myself being sick and laying down on my hospital bed. That imagination changes everything in my life in an instant.

Now do it yourself; what would you most likely think about?

What would be your only one wish?

Abundance can only result in problems, limit things in your life.

“The way to survive in modern society is to be an ascetic. It is to retreat from society. There’s too much society everywhere you go…The only solution is to turn it off.”

Think of society as a triangle and visualize yourself in the middle of that triangle. The triangle is the society, and you are inside of it. Which means you are living on the standards of that society.

If society gives birth to new problems, you experience those problems as well. If society gives birth to new opportunities, you get to experience those opportunities as well.

Here’s where it goes wrong. The digital age has created societies inside a society which is inside a society. Visualize it as more small triangles show up inside that big triangle you visualized earlier.

You are now living in a society driven by micro societies.

This means more problems, more opportunities, but also more problems, but also more opportunities. Because our generation is focused more on problems than opportunities, this only creates massive chaos.

If you want to get out of that chaos, then you have to get out of society.

Now imagine yourself outside of that triangle. Peaceful right?

Exactly, that’s how you find your peace in life by backing out of society.

How to apply this to your life:

You have to practice not getting yourself too involved or engaged in social media platforms like Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.

If you see a toxic post with 1000 comments, ignore it and don’t comment.

What’s even better is when you’re not on social media at all.

This is only one example. Societies can be found pretty much everywhere where people are united by a particular topic or subject, which allows them to talk about that topic or subject however and whenever they want.

If you’re looking for peace in your life, you won’t find it in societies.
You have to eventually retreat from them.

“You’re born, you have a whole set of sensory experiences and stimulations and lights and colors and sounds, and then you die. And how you choose to interpret that is up to you. You do have that choice.”

Ok. The idea of this is that we’re all on our own. We’re alone in this universe, and however you may think of it, you’re ultimately responsible for your own fate in life.

Not other people.

What happens in our lives all comes down to one end, which is our own version of reality. For instance, we all receive the same problems in life, but how we handle those problems is what makes the difference.

Some people complain, and some people are glad.

Naval puts this down as,

“Life is really a single-player game. It’s all going on in your head. Whatever you think, you believe, will very much shape your reality. Both from what risks you take and what actions you perform, but also just everyday experiences of reality.”

It’s also relatively important two distinguish two types of reality, which are subjective reality (your reality) and objective reality (the reality). Never put these two realities altogether as it can either cause problems in your life.

You have a choice to make use of how you interpret life. While you’re at it, interpret all the good things.

How to apply this to your life:

Take control of your life to build the future you want. Don’t make excuses, and don’t complain. When you encounter a problem, instead of asking yourself,

Why is this happening to me?

Ask instead,

What is this teaching me?

Again, you are the master of your own fate. Not other people. You decide how your life ends, not other people. You decide how you make money, not other people.

Take note, with all of these; you are given a great responsibility and accountability. When you fail, learn. When you’re wrong, admit. When you’re tired, rest.

Life all comes down to you.

“Everyone can be rich. Getting wealthy is a positive-sum game, not a zero-sum game”

I wasn’t born with a silver spoon or a silver platter on our family dining table. Growing up in a working-class family, I only knew one side of the story, which is if you want to get rich in the future, you have to go to school, get a job, and save a lot of money.

That isn’t completely wrong as there’s nothing bad about getting a job. I watched my mom hustle her 9 to 5 to provide me a beautiful and better life than she had, which enable me to pay for my education and necessities.

However, getting wealthy is different than getting rich. The truth is, you won’t get wealthy by just having a job.

What Naval made really clear is that being wealthy is all about having the freedom, the freedom to do what you want with your time, without ever worrying about money again.

He also said that,

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.

If you wake up in the morning and you are required to go to a particular location while following a dress code, then you are not wealthy. You don’t have the financial freedom yet.

Wealth equals freedom. And to acquire freedom requires building assets that generate money while you sleep and creating multiple sources of income.

Everyone can be rich because the beauty of today’s society is that you can make money off of your passions and interests.

How to apply this to your life:

In the words of Naval,

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.
You’re not going to get rich renting out your time. You must own equity — a piece of a business — to gain your financial freedom.
Study microeconomics, game theory, psychology, persuasion, ethics, mathematics, and computers.

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