10 life lessons from @naval

@naval is a twitter name of Naval Radvikant.

  1. When looking for a purpose to life, notice that most things are stepping stones, done for ulterior motives.
  2. If you ever want to have peace in your life, you have to move beyond good and evil.
  3. To measure the quality of your life, simply do nothing, and see how it feels.
  4. No one can compete with you on being you. Most of life is a search for who and what needs you the most.
  5. Living a life of integrity pays off, but it takes a very long time.
  6. Three things in life: your health, your mission, and the people you love. That’s it.
  7. Play iterated games. All the returns in life, whether in wealth, relationships, or knowledge, come from compound interest.
  8. Religion, science, and spirituality help us make sense of the world. Life without at least one of them is a lonely place.
  9. Life is a single-player game.
  10. You can get almost anything you want out of life, as long as it’s one thing and you want it fat more than anything else.
  11. Bonus: Of all the cards you can pick in the game of life, choose intelligence and drive. You can trade those two for almost anything else.


In case you interested in my opinion about this talk in JRE #1309 with Naval Radvikant, it’s all below.

I don’t agree with everything he said as the idea of the World from the angel investor now who was raised in New York of 70s and a young man living in a town with 500K people in East Siberia can be totally different, obviously. They can have commons, for example, about the things like “everyone is a journalist now”, that’s it!

The economies of climate and relationships, language, mentality, background, and everything else has put something into our genes and mindset. One has not to be fooled by something that might be sound too interesting and revealing of something like in jiffy of few words combinations, it can’t be false like nothing.

You must not take for granted the brain you have in-default and check for the facts any statements coming from anywhere. Again, obviously.

First of all, I don’t think that life is a single-player game, if there is no misunderstanding of what Mr. Radvikant says. If he is saying that the life you have is the life YOU are going to live and nobody else, sounds too simple. Of course life is a multi-player game, and I don’t think it’s a game at all.

Game would be that someone else created what we see around us, and we live in some sort of engine, i.e. strict rules, and it has imperfections, bugs, someone can cheat on the system, etc., etc. It sounds more like that not the life is a game, but the society where we live is a game, i.e. under socialism, communism, capitalism, etc., etc. I believe life is more than communism or capitalism combined.

Life is a kernel I think in a sense of communism or socialism is a Mario and Animal Crossing, Sims, and sometimes even Counter-Strike.

Mr. Radvikant says that in a single-player game you must choose intelligence and drive. It depends I think. In the World of angel investment, it can be true, if there is such choice. Sometime, life does not give a choice at all, and it is so sad.

I very liked the rule number 7 though. I totally agree with it, and I believe a compound effect has a meaning in life in general. Life in itself a very iterative process, very very iterative. The ability and energy to guide this process is free, it’s a built-in function, no need to write extra code, figuratively speaking.

When someone is looking for a purpose of life and in life, I think, this person just have plenty of free time.

I think it would be foolish to try to have a peace in life, as you know, you know…

If you want to measure the quality of your life, one will get very subjective auditing process I think. It’s very simple, you can measure the quality of your food on the table, and you’ll get the instance answer, as Sherlock said “It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.” I think Mr. Holmes is right. The better your food, the better the quality of your life.

Religion help us to feel safe, I think. Science help us to questioning this safety, and spirituality to find calmness amongst chaos. Life without at least one of them is a life without at least one of them. I think.

Most of life is a sort of figuring out things around us I think, and the quality of these processes is the quality of our mind, but not our life.

P.S. The talk was very interesting thanks to Mr. Rogan!

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