🚀 The Book in 3 Sentences
- You will never become rich by trading your time for your money. The only way to financial freedom is by finding a way to make money while you sleep. (or win the lottery).
- Happiness is a choice you can and should make.
- The time you have on this amazing planet is super short so don't waste your time doing things that don't make you happy.
Once I got about halfway through The Almanack of Naval Ravikant, I knew it would be a book that I would read many times. In fact, I liked it so much that I got a copy for a good friend of mine.
This book is organized into two parts, Wealth and Happiness. Eric Jorgenson has compiled snippets from Naval's articles, tweets, podcasts, and essays related to each part and put them in a readable, book format.
The best part? It's available for free.
🔍 How I Discovered It
I don't remember exactly how I discovered it but I first heard of Naval on the Joe Rogan Experience. It was one of my favorite podcasts and it was one that I re-listened to a few times over.
Then I came across this famous tweetstorm and it was so profound that I really started to dig into this man.
🤓 Who Should Read It?
The Almanack of Naval Ravikant is for anyone curious about building wealth and training the skill of happiness. This is an absolute goldmine for both the big picture and practical ideas about optimizing your mind to live a happier, more fulfilled life.
Naval states that building wealth is a skill just like riding a bike is a skill. It's something you can get better at by applying certain principles and focuses.
I'm convinced anyone on the face of this planet would benefit from reading this book. Literally anyone. If there's someone not on the face of this planet, we would be wise to learn their language and translate it for them.
Did I mention you can read it for free?
✍️ My Top 3 Quotes
The three big ones in life are wealth, health, and happiness. We pursue them in that order, but their importance is reverse.
Nature has no concept of happiness or unhappiness. Nature follows unbroken mathematical laws and a chain of cause and effect from the Big Bang to now. Everything is perfect exactly the way it is. It is only in our particular minds we are unhappy or not happy, and things are perfect or imperfect because of what we desire.
A happy person isn't someone who's happy all the time. It's someone who effortlessly interprets events in such a way that they don't lost their innate peace.