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The Almanack of Naval Ravikant – Eric Jorgenson

Kniha v pěti větách

Kniha The Almanack of Naval Ravikant od Erica Jorgensona pojednává o myšlenkách Navala Ravikanta – úspěšného amerického podnikatele a investora původem z Indie. Je zajímavá hned v několika ohledech – jednak je zdarma, což byla také prvotní myšlenka jejího autora, který knihu vydal s myšlenkou služby veřejnosti, jednak se jedná o soubor myšlenek komponovaných třetí osobou na základě podcastů, tweetů a článků jejich autora (Navala). V této knize je shrnuta moudrost, know-how a přístup k životu Navala Ravikanta – čtenář se dozví, jak Naval uvažuje nad tématy jako je vydělávání peněz, hodnota času, ztišení mysli, zdraví, vztahy, jedinečnost svých obdarování atd. Myšlení Navala je zajímavé a ve spoustě ohledech velmi inspirativní, pokud bych měl něco vytknout, tak je to příliš omezený pohled na život skrze matematiku, logiku a racionalitu, která odsuzuje věci převyšující naše chápání a v konečném důsledku ochuzuje člověka o značnou část odpovědi na otázku, co to znamená život. 7/10

Citáty a myšlenky

  • Society will pay you for creating things it wants.
  • Escape competition through authenticity.
  • If you are fundamentally building and marketing something that is an extension of who you are, no one can compete with you on that.
  • Embrace accountability and take business risks under your own name. Society will reward you with responsibility, equity, and leverage.
  • The less you want something, the less you’re thinking about it, the less you’re obsessing over it, the more you’re going to do it in a natural way.
  • Inputs don’t match outputs, especially for leveraged workers.
  • Learn to sell, learn to build. If you can do both, you will be unstoppable.
  • Earn with your mind, not your time.
  • I would love to be paid purely for my judgment, not for any work.
  • if you can outsource something or not do something for less than your hourly rate, outsource it or don’t do it.
  • Literally, being anti-wealth will prevent you from becoming wealthy, because you will not have the right mindset for it, you won’t have the right spirit, and you won’t be dealing with people on the right level.
  • I’m much more interested in solving problems than I am in making money.
  • Retirement is when you stop sacrificing today for an imaginary tomorrow.
  • The way to get out of the competition trap is to be authentic, to find the thing you know how to do better than anybody.
  • Art is creativity. Art is anything done for its own sake. What are the things that are done for their own sake, and there’s nothing behind them? Loving somebody, creating something, playing. To me, creating businesses is play. I create businesses because it’s fun, because I’m into the product.
  • I’m always “working.” It looks like work to others, but it feels like play to me. And that’s how I know no one can compete with me on it. Because I’m just playing, for sixteen hours a day. If others want to compete with me, they’re going to work,
  • I think the best way to stay away from this constant love of money is to not upgrade your lifestyle as you make money.
  • “Be a maker who makes something interesting people want. Show your craft, practice your craft, and the right people will eventually find you.”
  • It takes time—even once you have all of these pieces in place, there is an indeterminate amount of time you have to put in. If you’re counting, you’ll run out of patience before success actually arrives.
  • The only way to truly learn something is by doing it. Yes, listen to guidance. But don’t wait.
  • You can you work really hard, do great things for society, and society will give you money for things it wants but doesn’t know how to get.
  • You don’t get rich by spending your time to save money. You get rich by saving your time to make money.
  • I would rather understand the basics really well than memorize all kinds of complicated concepts
  • To see the truth, you have to get your ego out of the way because your ego doesn’t want to face the truth.
  • If you don’t have a day or two every week in your calendar where you’re not always in meetings, and you’re not always busy, then you’re not going to be able to think. 
  • 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.
  • Old rule Warren Buffett has, which is praise specifically, criticize generally. If you have a criticism of someone, then don’t criticize the person—criticize the general approach or criticize the class of activities. If you have to praise somebody, then always try and find the person who is the best example of what you’re praising and praise the person, specifically. Then people’s egos and identities, which we all have, don’t work against you. They work for you.
  • I don’t believe I have the ability to say what is going to work. Rather, I try to eliminate what’s not going to work. I think being successful is just about not making mistakes. It’s not about having correct judgment. It’s about avoiding incorrect judgments.
  • Microeconomics and game theory are fundamental. I don’t think you can be successful in business or even navigate most of our modern capitalist society without an extremely good understanding of supply-and-demand, labor-versus-capital, game theory, and those kinds of things.
  • It’s very, very important we only say yes when we are pretty certain.
  • 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.
  • As you know, most of the gains in life come from suffering in the short term so you can get paid in the long term.
  • Read what you love until you love to read.
  • Reading a book isn’t a race—the better the book, the more slowly it should be absorbed.
  • A calm mind, a fit body, and a house full of love. These things cannot be bought. They must be earned.
  • 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.
  • “Would I rather be having this thought right now, or would I rather have my peace?” Because as long as I have my thoughts, I can’t have my peace.
  • Desire is a contract you make with yourself to be unhappy until you get what you want. 
  • When you’re young, you have time. You have health, but you have no money. When you’re middle-aged, you have money and you have health, but you have no time. When you’re old, you have money and you have time, but you have no health. So the trifecta is trying to get all three at once.
  • There’s a line from Blaise Pascal I read. Basically, it says: “All of man’s troubles arise because he cannot sit in a room quietly by himself.”
  • Peace is happiness at rest, and happiness is peace in motion.
  • The enemy of peace of mind is expectations drilled into you by society and other people.
  • When working, surround yourself with people more successful than you. When playing, surround yourself with people happier than you.
  • At the end of the day, you are a combination of your habits and the people who you spend the most time with.
  • The most important trick to being happy is to realize happiness is a skill you develop and a choice you make.
  • The more you judge, the more you separate yourself.
  • No exceptions—all screen activities linked to less happiness, all non-screen activities linked to more happiness.
  • In any situation in life, you always have three choices: you can change it, you can accept it, or you can leave it. 
  • If you want to change it, then it is a desire. It will cause you suffering until you successfully change it. So don’t pick too many of those. Pick one big desire in your life at any given time to give yourself purpose and motivation.
  • No one in the world is going to beat you at being you. 
  • Certainly, listen and absorb, but don’t try to emulate.
  • When everyone is sick, we no longer consider it a disease.
  • The important thing is to do something every day. It doesn’t matter what it is. The best workout for you is one you’re excited enough to do every day.
  • My physical trainer (Jerzy Gregorek) is a really wise, brilliant guy. He always says, “Easy choices, hard life. Hard choices, easy life.”
  • most of our suffering comes from avoidance
  • Too much sugar leads to a heavy body, and too many distractions lead to a heavy mind.
  • Time spent undistracted and alone, in self-examination, journaling, meditation, resolves the unresolved and takes us from mentally fat to fit.
  • You don’t make any decisions. You don’t judge anything. You just accept everything. If I do that for ten or fifteen minutes while walking around, I end up in a very peaceful, grateful state. Choiceless Awareness works well for me.
  • Meditation is turning off society and listening to yourself. It only “works” when done for its own sake. Hiking is walking meditation. Journaling is writing meditation. Praying is gratitude meditation. Showering is accidental meditation. Sitting quietly is direct meditation.
  • Impatience with actions, patience with results. 
  • If there’s something you want to do later, do it now. There is no “later.”
  • Don’t spend your time making other people happy.
  • Anger is a contract you make with yourself to be in physical and mental and emotional turmoil until reality changes.
  • All benefits in life come from compound interest, whether in money, relationships, love, health, activities, or habits.

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