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160 Naval Ravikant Quotes: A Guide To Wealth And Happiness

Last Updated: August 5, 2022 by Team

Naval Ravikant, sent out a series of very valuable insightful tweets titled “How to Get Rich (without getting lucky)” on 31st May 2018. Naval Ravikant is the CEO and co-founder of AngelList. He’s invested in more than 100 companies, including Twitter, Uber, StackOverflow, Yammer, OpenDNS, and others.

If you really want to get the gist on Naval’s wisdom, I recommend watching/listening to his podcasts with Joe Rogan and Shane Parrish of Farnam Street:

Naval Ravikant never ceases to amaze us. We’re sure you’ll agree, his insight density is unmatchable.

160 Naval Ravikant Quotes (HAPPINESS & WEALTH)

Top 10 Naval Ravikant Quotes

“I think of Twitter as the place where I go to have a great conversation when I can’t have one locally, which seems to be all the time, and the more time that I spend on Twitter, the more I sort of curate this incredible group of very intelligent people that I just get to know purely through the quality of their thoughts.” – Naval Ravikant

“Be present. Be meditative. Form real friendships. Stay away from business networking events or friendships where there is always an underlying business angle.” – Naval Ravikant

“I think it just helps to be very aware that fundamentally, there are no adults. Everyone is making it up as they go along. You have to find your own path, picking, choosing, taking and discarding as you see fit.” – Naval Ravikant

“Figure out what you’re good at and start helping other people with it; give it away. Pay it forward. Karma sort of works because people are very consistent. On a long enough timescale, you will attract what you project.” – Naval Ravikant

“If you’re going to pick 3 cards in the hand you’re dealt, take intelligence, drive, and most importantly, emotional self-discipline.” – Naval Ravikant

“Success is the enemy of learning. It can deprive you of the time and the incentive to start over. Beginner’s mind also needs a beginner’s time.” – Naval Ravikant

“It’s the mark of a charlatan to try and explain simple things in complex ways and it’s the mark of a genius to explain complicated things in simple ways.” – Naval Ravikant

“I think the best way to prepare for the future 20 years is find something you love to do, to have a shot at being one of the best people in the world at it. Build an independent brand around it, with your name.” – Naval Ravikant

“We’re not really here for that long and we don’t really matter that much. And nothing that we do lasts. So eventually you will fade. Your works will fade. Your children will fade. Your thoughts will fade. This planet will fade. The sun will fade. It will all be gone.” – Naval Ravikant

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

Naval Ravikant Quotes On Wealth

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“Earn with your mind, not your time.” – Naval Ravikant

“Rich people get paid by the project and pay by the hour.” – Naval Ravikant

“If being ethical were profitable everybody would do it.” – Naval Ravikant

“You’re never going to get rich renting out your time.” – Naval Ravikant

“Following your genuine intellectual curiosity is a better foundation for a career than following whatever is making money right now.” – Naval Ravikant

“Building a following on Twitter is building a castle out of sand, as the implacable tide shifts in and out. Invest in the free and open web – blogs, podcasts, newsletters.” – Naval Ravikant

“Collecting airline miles is coupon-clipping for the middle class.” – Naval Ravikant

“You want to be rich and anonymous, not poor and famous.” – Naval Ravikant

“All the benefits in life come from compound interest – money, relationships, habits – anything of importance.” – Naval Ravikant

“Making money through an early lucky trade is the worst way to win. The bad habits that it reinforces will lead to a lifetime of losses.” – Naval Ravikant

“Smart money is just dumb money that’s been through a crash.” – Naval Ravikant

“Wealth creation is an evolutionarily recent positive-sum game. Status is an old zero-sum game. Those attacking wealth creation are often just seeking status.” – Naval Ravikant

“The real struggle isn’t proletariat vs bourgeois. It’s between high-status elites and wealthy elites. When their cooperation breaks, revolution.” – Naval Ravikant

“There are no get rich quick schemes. That’s just someone else getting rich off you.” – Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant Quotes On Happiness

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“Children are happy because: 1) They’re not self conscious 2) They lack a sense of time pressure 3) They’ve no goals. The bottom line is they are living from moment to moment, and the mind is not there to interfere in their bliss.” – Naval Ravikant

“Tell your friends that you’re a happy person. Then you’ll be forced to conform to it. You’ll have a consistency bias. You have to live up to it. Your friends will expect you to be a happy person.” – Naval Ravikant

“The fundamental delusion there is something out there that will make me happy and fulfilled forever.” – Naval Ravikant

“If you want to be successful, surround yourself with people who are more successful than you are, but if you want to be happy, surround yourself with people who are less successful than you are.” – Naval Ravikant

“I don’t plan. I’m not a planner. I prefer to live in the moment and be free and to flow and to be happy.” – Naval Ravikant

“The most important trick to be happy is to realize that happiness is a choice that you make and a skill that you develop. You choose to be happy, and then you work at it. It’s just like building muscles.” – Naval Ravikant

“Happiness is a state where nothing is missing.” – Naval Ravikant

“Happiness is a choice and a skill and you can dedicate yourself to learning that skill and making that choice.” – Naval Ravikant

“When building habits, choose consistency over the content. The best book is the one you can’t put down. The best exercise is the one you enjoy doing every day. The best health food is the one you find tasty. The best work is the work you’d do for free.” – Naval Ravikant

“True happiness comes out of peace. Peace comes out of many things, but it comes from fundamentally understanding yourself.” – Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant Quotes On Life

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“Sing the song that only you can sing, write the book that only you can write, build the product that only you can build… live the life that only you can live.” – Naval Ravikant

“Your goal in life is to find out the people who need you the most, to find out the business that needs you the most, to find the project and the art that needs you the most. There is something out there just for you.” – Naval Ravikant

“To be honest, speak without identity.” – Naval Ravikant

“Every moment has to be complete in and of itself.” – Naval Ravikant

“When it comes to medicine and nutrition, subtract before you add.” – Naval Ravikant

“Caught in a funk? Use meditation, music, and exercise to reset your mood. Then choose a new path to commit emotional energy for rest of day.” – Naval Ravikant

“Nothing you do is going to matter that much in the long run. Don’t take yourself so seriously.” – Naval Ravikant

“If you can’t see yourself working with someone for life, don’t work with them for a day.” – Naval Ravikant

“This is such a short and precious life that it’s really important that you don’t spend it being unhappy.” – Naval Ravikant

“If you’re desensitized to the fact that you’re going to die, consider it a different way. As far as you’re concerned, this world is going to end. Now what.” – Naval Ravikant

“My 1 repeated learning in life: ‘There Are No Adults’ Everyone’s making it up as they go along. Figure it out yourself, and do it.” – Naval Ravikant

“Humans are basically habit machines… I think learning how to break habits is actually a very important meta-skill and can serve you in life almost better than anything else.” – Naval Ravikant

“People who live far below their means enjoy a freedom that people busy upgrading their lifestyles can’t fathom.” – Naval Ravikant

“All the real benefits of life come from compound interest.” – Naval Ravikant

“Sophisticated foods are bittersweet (wine, beer, coffee, chocolate). Addictive relationships are cooperative and competitive. Work becomes flow at the limits of ability. The flavor of life is on the edge.” – Naval Ravikant

“So I have no time for short-term things: dinners with people I won’t see again, tedious ceremonies to please tedious people, traveling to places that I wouldn’t go to on vacation.” – Naval Ravikant

“A personal metric: how much of the day is spent doing things out of obligation rather than out of interest.” – Naval Ravikant

“The distant future is small free cities with drone armies and skill-based immigration policies, surrounded by a sea of failed socialist states.” – Naval Ravikant

“Wondering how long until social media-induced mental illnesses start getting recognized and treated.” – Naval Ravikant

“If you eat, invest, and think according to what the news advocates, you’ll end up nutritionally, financially and morally bankrupt.” – Naval Ravikant

“Perhaps one reason why yoga and meditation are hard to sustain is that they have no extrinsic value. Purely single player games.” – Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant Quotes On The Mind

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“Wisdom is really about figuring the long-term consequences of your actions.” – Naval Ravikant

“If you aren’t curious about it, you’ll never be good at it.” – Naval Ravikant

“Inspiration is perishable – act on it immediately.” – Naval Ravikant

“You can have the mind or you can have the moment.” – Naval Ravikant

“Signaling virtue is a vice.” – Naval Ravikant

“It’s almost always possible to be honest and positive.” – Naval Ravikant

“The right to debate should not be up for debate.” – Naval Ravikant

“A rational person can find peace by cultivating indifference to things outside of their control.” – Naval Ravikant

“Yoga cultivates Peace of Body. Meditation cultivates Peace of Mind.” – Naval Ravikant

“Better to find a new audience than to write for the audience.” – Naval Ravikant

“Before you can lie to another, you must first lie to yourself.” – Naval Ravikant

“All greatness comes from suffering.” – Naval Ravikant

“Watch every thought. Always ask, why am I having this thought.” – Naval Ravikant

“Enlightenment is the space between your thoughts.” – Naval Ravikant

“Clear thinkers appeal to their own authority.” – Naval Ravikant

“You make your own luck if you stay at it long enough.” – Naval Ravikant

“I don’t have time is just saying it’s not a priority.” – Naval Ravikant

“Truth is that which has predictive power.” – Naval Ravikant

“We say peace of mind, but really what we want is peace from the mind.” – Naval Ravikant

“The secret to public speaking is to speak as if you were alone.” – Naval Ravikant

“Lots of literacy in modern society, but not enough numeracy.” – Naval Ravikant

“Information is everywhere but its meaning is created by the observer that interprets it. Meaning is relative and there is no objective, overarching meaning.” – Naval Ravikant

“Morality and ethics automatically emerge when we realize the long term consequences of our actions.” – Naval Ravikant

“People spend too much time doing and not enough time thinking about what they should be doing.” – Naval Ravikant

“Desire is a contract that you make with yourself to be unhappy until you get what you want.” – Naval Ravikant

“People who try to look smart by pointing out obvious exceptions actually signal the opposite.” – Naval Ravikant

“The people who succeed are irrationally passionate about something.” – Naval Ravikant

“If you try to micromanage yourself all you’re going to do is make yourself miserable.” – Naval Ravikant

“If it entertains you now but will bore you someday, it’s a distraction. Keep looking.” – Naval Ravikant

“The older the problem, the older the solution.” – Naval Ravikant

“The problem happens when we have multiple desires. When we have fuzzy desires. When we want to do ten different things and we’re not clear about which is the one we care about.” – Naval Ravikant

“Think clearly from the ground up. Understand and explain from first principles. Ignore society and politics. Acknowledge what you have. Control your emotions.” – Naval Ravikant

“Don’t do things that you know are morally wrong. Not because someone is watching, but because you are. Self-esteem is just the reputation that you have with yourself.” – Naval Ravikant

“Cynicism is easy. Mimicry is easy. Optimistic contrarians are the rarest breed.” – Naval Ravikant

“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 would leave it but not leaving it, and not accepting it. It’s that struggle, that aversion, that is responsible for most of our misery. The phrase that I use the most to myself in my head is one word: accept.” – Naval Ravikant

“Anger is a hot coal that you hold in your hand while waiting to throw it at someone else.” – Naval Ravikant

“A contrarian isn’t one who always objects – that’s a conformist of a different sort. A contrarian reasons independently, from the ground up, and resists pressure to conform.” – Naval Ravikant

“The first rule of handling conflict is don’t hang around people who are constantly engaging in conflict.” – Naval Ravikant

“Objectively, the world is improving. To the elites, it’s falling apart as their long-lived institutions are flattened by the Internet.” – Naval Ravikant

“We feel guilt when we no longer want to associate with old friends and colleagues who haven’t changed. The price, and marker, of growth.” – Naval Ravikant

“If you hurt other people because they have an expectation of you that’s their problem. If they have an agreement from you that’s yours” – Naval Ravikant

“There’s a theory that I call ‘the five chimps theory’. In Zoology, you can predict the mood and behavior patterns of any chimp by which five chimps they hang out with the most. Choose your five chimps carefully.” – Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant Quotes On Education

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“Knowledge is a skyscraper. You can take a shortcut with a fragile foundation of memorization, or build slowly upon a steel frame of understanding.” – Naval Ravikant

“Teaching is more a way for the teacher to learn than for the student to learn.” – Naval Ravikant

“The overeducated are worse off than the undereducated, having traded common sense for the illusion of knowledge.” – Naval Ravikant

“You get rewarded for unique knowledge, not for effort. Effort is required to create unique knowledge.” – Naval Ravikant

“Free education is abundant, all over the internet. It’s the desire to learn that’s scarce.” – Naval Ravikant

“If the primary purpose of the school was education, the Internet should obsolete it. But the school is mainly about credentialing.” – Naval Ravikant

“The power to make and break habits and learning how to do that is really important.” – Naval Ravikant

“One of the most damaging and widespread social beliefs is the idea that most adults are incapable of learning new skills.” – Naval Ravikant

“Even today, what to study and how to study it are more important than where to study it and for how long. The best teachers are on the Internet. The best books are on the Internet. The best peers are on the Internet. The tools for learning are abundant. It’s the desire to learn that’s scarce.” – Naval Ravikant

“Someone who is using a lot of fancy words and big concepts probably doesn’t know what they’re talking about. The smartest people can explain things to a child; if you can’t do that, you don’t understand the concept.” – Naval Ravikant

“Study microeconomics, game theory, psychology, persuasion, ethics, mathematics, and computers.” – Naval Ravikant

“Knowledge is either from direct experience or from verifiable, falsifiable science. There is knowledge that is transmitted but not verifiable / falsifiable, and this knowledge is indistinguishable from that which is false.” – Naval Ravikant

“Specific knowledge is found by pursuing your genuine curiosity and passion rather than whatever is hot right now.” – Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant Quotes On Reading

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“Reading my old blog posts makes me cringe. The posturing is so obvious.” – Naval Ravikant

“Reading is more efficient when at rest. Audio is more efficient when in motion.” – Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant Quotes On Technology

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“Technology is the application of knowledge to control the natural world. It’s the greatest driver of both human prosperity and our capacity for self-annihilation.” – Naval Ravikant

“Technology is not only the thing that moves the human race forward, but it’s the only thing that ever has. Without technology, we’re just monkeys playing in the dirt.” – Naval Ravikant

“Technology is applied science. Science is the study of nature. Mathematics is the language of nature. Philosophy is the root of mathematics. All tightly interrelated.” – Naval Ravikant

“The variation between engineering output is so high that the best engineers will always be underpaid, and driven towards founding companies.” – Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant Quotes On Coding

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“Any competent programmer has an API to cash, payments, escrow, wills, notaries, lotteries, dividends, micropayments, subscriptions, crowdfunding, and more.” – Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant Quotes On Crypto

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“Society has had multiple stores of value, as none is perfectly secure. Gold, oil, dollars, real estate, (some) bonds & equities. Crypto is the first that’s decentralized and digital.” – Naval Ravikant

“Crypto is a bet against the modern macroeconomic dogma, which is passed off as science, but is really a branch of politics – with rulers, winners, and losers.” – Naval Ravikant

“Blockchains are now sucking in top-tier Silicon Valley tech talent faster than any boom since the Internet.” – Naval Ravikant

“The top two skillsets for blockchain entrepreneurs, in order: Technology development. Community development. That’s it.” – Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant Quotes On Bitcoin

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“Bitcoin is a tool for freeing humanity from oligarchs and tyrants, dressed up as a get-rich-quick scheme.” – Naval Ravikant

“People think about Bitcoin incorrectly. They think about it as currency or about gold or hoarding, speculation, about how much money do you make. When really, what it is is an API for programmable cash transactions.” – Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant Quotes On AI

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“If they can train you to do it, then eventually they will train a computer to do it.” – Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant Quotes On Politics

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“Populism is what we call democracy when we don’t like the outcome.” – Naval Ravikant

“Politics is sports writ large – pick a side, rally the tribe, exchange stories confirming bias, hurl insults and threats at the other side.” – Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant Quotes On Love

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“Ego is false confidence, self-respect is true confidence.” – Naval Ravikant

“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.” – Naval Ravikant

“A fit body, a calm mind, a house full of love. These things cannot be bought – they must be earned.” – Naval Ravikant

“Love is given, not received.” – Naval Ravikant

“If you don’t love yourself who will.” – Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant Quotes On Business

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“Escape competition through authenticity.” – Naval Ravikant

“Learn to sell. Learn to build. If you can do both, you will be unstoppable.” – Naval Ravikant

“Who you do business with is just as important as what you choose to do.” – Naval Ravikant

“The Efficient Markets Hypothesis fails because humans are herd animals, not independent rational actors. Thus the best investors tend to be antisocial and contrarian.” – Naval Ravikant

“Branding requires accountability. To build a great personal brand (an eponymous one), you must take on the risk of being publicly wrong.” – Naval Ravikant

“If you’re more passionate about founding a business than the business itself, you can fall into a ten-year trap. Better to stay emotionally unattached and select the best opportunity that arises. Applies to relationships too.” – Naval Ravikant

“Don’t debate people in the media when you can debate them in the marketplace.” – Naval Ravikant

“Social media has degenerated into a deafening cacophony of groups signaling and repeating their shared myths.” – Naval Ravikant

“Above product-market fit is founder-product-market fit.” – Naval Ravikant

“No meetings before 11 am. No meetings when emails or calls will do. Don’t schedule calls, text coordinate them on the fly when possible. Cram all meetings into two days a week. 1-on-1s are usually 30-minute walking meetings. (Meetings are the death of productivity)” – Naval Ravikant

“VCs and universities are both in the business of hunting black swans. They filter the applicant funnel, the brand selected candidates, and harvest the winner’s rep to further enlarge the funnel.” – Naval Ravikant

“Set and enforce an aspirational personal hourly rate. If fixing a problem will save less than your hourly rate, ignore it. If outsourcing a task will cost less than your hourly rate, outsource it.” – Naval Ravikant

“Develop ‘strategic incompetence’ – people won’t ask you to do things you hate to do, if you’re bad at them.” – Naval Ravikant

“Become the best in the world at what you do. Keep redefining what you do until this is true.” – Naval Ravikant

“The better the reviewed knows the reviewer, the kinder the review. Negative reviews get rarer as you go from Amazon to Yelp to AirBnB.” – Naval Ravikant

“Our mission is to help founders and anyone or anything that helps founders helps us with our mission.” – Naval Ravikant

“Entrepreneurship is really hard and painful – I’m not sure I’d recommend it for anyone who can’t handle the extreme stress.” – Naval Ravikant

“The best founders are extremely thoughtful and have an eye for quality. I don’t know if there’s any generic advice here that would be helpful. Startup knowledge is a moving target.” – Naval Ravikant

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