Naval Ravikant Quotes

Stop caring about impact and just be the best version of you possible - then you'll naturally have an impact.
“Stop caring about impact and just be the best version of you possible - then you'll naturally have an impact.”
Large groups are no place for smart people.
“Large groups are no place for smart people.”
School, politics, sports, and games train us to compete against others. True rewards ? wealth, knowledge, love, fitness, and equanimity ? come from ignoring others and improving ourselves.
“School, politics, sports, and games train us to compete against others. True rewards ? wealth, knowledge, love, fitness, and equanimity ? come from ignoring others and improving ourselves.”
What the world craves is authenticity.
“What the world craves is authenticity.”
When you do things for their own sake, that's when you create your best work. That's when it's art.
“When you do things for their own sake, that's when you create your best work. That's when it's art.”
Modern society gives us incredible flexibility in that we can get away from our crazy family members, and we're not destined to die where we were born or do what our parents did. So we have incredible freedom.
“Modern society gives us incredible flexibility in that we can get away from our crazy family members, and we're not destined to die where we were born or do what our parents did. So we have incredible freedom.”
What I do to combat anxiety is I don't try and fight it, but I just notice that I'm being anxious because of all these thoughts.
“What I do to combat anxiety is I don't try and fight it, but I just notice that I'm being anxious because of all these thoughts.”
This runaway thinking is just a recipe for anxiety, which is always causing me to try and live forward into the next, into the next, into the next. It's keeping me moving, moving, moving, and not happy, and not peaceful, and not present.
“This runaway thinking is just a recipe for anxiety, which is always causing me to try and live forward into the next, into the next, into the next. It's keeping me moving, moving, moving, and not happy, and not peaceful, and not present.”
Run your brain in debug mode and realize that thinking raises anxiety and lowers happiness.
“Run your brain in debug mode and realize that thinking raises anxiety and lowers happiness.”
The biggest cost of the attempt to thrive, is the worry. You even worry about the worrying.
“The biggest cost of the attempt to thrive, is the worry. You even worry about the worrying.”
Unresolved thoughts, prematurely pushed out of the mind, pile up in an internal landfill – which eventually pokes out of the subconscious and manifests as chronic, nonspecific anxiety.
“Unresolved thoughts, prematurely pushed out of the mind, pile up in an internal landfill – which eventually pokes out of the subconscious and manifests as chronic, nonspecific anxiety.”
Humans aren't evolved to worry about everything happening outside of their immediate environment.
“Humans aren't evolved to worry about everything happening outside of their immediate environment.”
With my desire to improve everything, I destroy the moment.
“With my desire to improve everything, I destroy the moment.”
Anxiety is the human condition. It's probably the single most pervasive emotion.
“Anxiety is the human condition. It's probably the single most pervasive emotion.”
There's this "nexting" thing, right? Where you're sitting in one spot and you're thinking about where you should be next. It's always the next thing, the next thing, the next thing, the next thing. That's creating this pervasive anxiety.
“There's this "nexting" thing, right? Where you're sitting in one spot and you're thinking about where you should be next. It's always the next thing, the next thing, the next thing, the next thing. That's creating this pervasive anxiety.”
Persistent, non-specific anxiety is the result of wanting so much, talking so much, and doing so much that you lose touch with the quiet joys of solitude.
“Persistent, non-specific anxiety is the result of wanting so much, talking so much, and doing so much that you lose touch with the quiet joys of solitude.”
A rational person can find peace by cultivating indifference to things outside of their control.
“A rational person can find peace by cultivating indifference to things outside of their control.”
Alone time is the best time. But it never seems that way when it's happening, just after the fact.
“Alone time is the best time. But it never seems that way when it's happening, just after the fact.”
You can love other people, even if they don't love you back, it's okay. Real love is a one way thing.
“You can love other people, even if they don't love you back, it's okay. Real love is a one way thing.”
Boredom is a defense mechanism to avoid having to sit alone with our unaddressed thoughts.
“Boredom is a defense mechanism to avoid having to sit alone with our unaddressed thoughts.”
Nobody reaches enlightenment or internal happiness or does serious internal work in group settings. It is a very lonely kind of task.
“Nobody reaches enlightenment or internal happiness or does serious internal work in group settings. It is a very lonely kind of task.”
This task is yours and yours alone.
“This task is yours and yours alone.”
Religion, science, and spirituality help us make sense of the world. Life without at least one of them is a lonely and confusing place.
“Religion, science, and spirituality help us make sense of the world. Life without at least one of them is a lonely and confusing place.”
Seeking truth is a lonely business.
“Seeking truth is a lonely business.”
Time spent undistracted and alone, in self-examination, journaling, meditation, resolves the unresolved and takes us from mentally fat to fit.
“Time spent undistracted and alone, in self-examination, journaling, meditation, resolves the unresolved and takes us from mentally fat to fit.”
You leave me alone for a day, it will be the happiest day I've had in awhile. That is a superpower that I think everybody can attain.
“You leave me alone for a day, it will be the happiest day I've had in awhile. That is a superpower that I think everybody can attain.”
I don't mind being alone. I just don't want to be part of the crowd.
“I don't mind being alone. I just don't want to be part of the crowd.”
There is also kind of just the abject loneliness that all of us can feel that comes from being disconnected from our roots, and our roots are very tribal.
“There is also kind of just the abject loneliness that all of us can feel that comes from being disconnected from our roots, and our roots are very tribal.”
Clear and independent thinkers are far rarer than "smart" or "educated".
“Clear and independent thinkers are far rarer than "smart" or "educated".”
That feeling of disconnection, loneliness, is eventually what leads to suffering.
“That feeling of disconnection, loneliness, is eventually what leads to suffering.”
Over time, as you judge, judge, judge, you invariably judge people. You judge yourself. You separate yourself from everything, and then you end up lonely.
“Over time, as you judge, judge, judge, you invariably judge people. You judge yourself. You separate yourself from everything, and then you end up lonely.”
The reality is a lot of that loneliness just comes from being disconnected from growing up with your tribal environment.
“The reality is a lot of that loneliness just comes from being disconnected from growing up with your tribal environment.”
If you can only learn from people that you 100% agree with on everything, it's going to be a dark and lonely life.
“If you can only learn from people that you 100% agree with on everything, it's going to be a dark and lonely life.”
We're used to constantly judging things. The act of judging something separates you from that thing.
“We're used to constantly judging things. The act of judging something separates you from that thing.”
Pain is a great motivator.
“Pain is a great motivator.”
Sit with the pain until it passes, and you will be calmer for the next one.
“Sit with the pain until it passes, and you will be calmer for the next one.”
Most of the gains in life come from suffering in the short term, so you can get paid in the long term.
“Most of the gains in life come from suffering in the short term, so you can get paid in the long term.”
You don't get rich by spending your time to save money. You get rich by saving your time to make money.
“You don't get rich by spending your time to save money. You get rich by saving your time to make money.”
The ultimate purpose of money is so that you do not have to be in a specific place at a specific time doing anything you don't want to do.
“The ultimate purpose of money is so that you do not have to be in a specific place at a specific time doing anything you don't want to do.”
Trade money for time, not time for money. You're going to run out of time first.
“Trade money for time, not time for money. You're going to run out of time first.”
Earn with your mind, not your time.
“Earn with your mind, not your time.”
When you're finally wealthy, you'll realize that it wasn't what you were seeking in the first place.
“When you're finally wealthy, you'll realize that it wasn't what you were seeking in the first place.”
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.
“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.”
Be impatient with actions but patient with results.
“Be impatient with actions but patient with results.”
The measure of wisdom is how calm you are when facing any given situation.
“The measure of wisdom is how calm you are when facing any given situation.”
The enemy of peace of mind is expectations drilled into you by society and other people.
“The enemy of peace of mind is expectations drilled into you by society and other people.”
They call it "peace of mind" but maybe it should be called "peace from mind".
“They call it "peace of mind" but maybe it should be called "peace from mind".”
Slow down, life is long.
“Slow down, life is long.”
If you ever want to have peace in your life, you have to move beyond good and evil.
“If you ever want to have peace in your life, you have to move beyond good and evil.”
Caring for others over caring for yourself gets you out of your own self. But if caring for others becomes a source of pride, the self is strengthened and you're back to where you started.
“Caring for others over caring for yourself gets you out of your own self. But if caring for others becomes a source of pride, the self is strengthened and you're back to where you started.”