Naval Ravikant- founder of Angelist.
“Happiness is a choice you make and a skill you develop. The mind is just as malleable as the body. We spend so much time and effort trying to change the external world, other people, and our own bodies, all while accepting ourselves the way we were programmed in our youths. We accept the voice that talks to us in our head all the time as the source of all truth. But all of it is malleable, every day is new and memory and identity are burdens from the past and prevent us from living freely in the present. ” (p.33)
“Every book I read that wasn’t assigned to me or that I didn’t read with a purpose in mind. The genuine love for reading itself, when cultivated, is a superpower. We live in the age of Alexandria, when every book and every piece of knowledge ever written down is a fingertip away. The means of learning are abundant- it’s the desire to learn that’s scarce. Cultivate that desire by reading what you want, not what you’re supposed to.” (p.33)
“Suffering is a moment of clarity, when you can no longer deny the truth of a situation and are forced into uncomfortable change. I’m lucky that I didn’t get everything I wanted in life, or I’d be happy with my first good job, my college sweetheart, my college town. Being poor when young led to making money when old. Losing faith in my bosses and elders made me independent and an adult. Almost getting into the wrong marriage helped me recognize and enter the right one. Falling sick made me focus on my health. It goes on and on. Inside suffering is the seed of change. (p.32)
“Work hard to beat the competition” The truth is that competition is the opposite of creativity. If I am working hard to beat the competition, it actually prevents me from thinking creatively to make all concepts of competition obsolete.
This competitive mindset destroys people. It’s the scorched-earth way of thinking, and everyone is burned.
The truth is that you need success of everyone in your field in order to achieve your own success. Creativity operates differently. You work hard because you’re inspired to, not because you have to. Work becomes fun, and you have energy for days.
When you’re creative, you can, in fact, cheer others on with the full knowledge that their success will undoubtedly be your own.” (p.23)
“In order to have you must do, and in order to do you must be.” (p.19)
Create win-win situations always.
“People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. I’m actually as proud of the things we haven’t done as the things I have gone. Innovation is saying no to 1,000 things.” – Steve Jobs.
“What you seek is seeking you.”- Rumi
“Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.” -Oscar Wilde
Everything happens for a reason, even if you cannot see it right now at this very moment.
Samin Nosrat- “I have so many spectacular failures, but looking back, I can see how each of them led me a little closer to doing what I actually wanted to do.” (p.2)