Highlight and Review: The Almanack of Naval Ravikant

The Almanack of Naval Ravikant Book Cover

Author: Eric Jorgenson

Publication date: 15 Agustus 2020

Publisher: Penguin Bookshop

Number of pages: 244 pages


If you follow Naval Ravikant in Twitter, then you will come across some of his tweets in this book. However, this book is the deeper insights from Naval that show us his perspectives in life, which is thought-provoking and kind of refreshing. This book also explains Naval’s life background which shows reader different perspective of life that not many of us see and Naval’s life journey that make him the way he is.

The way Naval sees wealth is kind of wise. He is seeing wealth far more than money and materialistic. Thus, I find this book is one of a kind in compares to others self-help book that speaks about wealth and money.


  • Obviously, nothing is ever completely wasted because it’s all a learning moment.
  • But, at least when it comes to the goal-oriented life, only about one percent of the efforts you made paid off. I say this because you shoulld be very thoughtful and realize in most things (relationships, work, even in learning) what you’re trying to do is find the thing you can go all-in to earn compound interest.
  • When you find the one percent of your discipline which will not be wasted, which you’ll be able to invest in for the resy of your life and has meaning to you—go all-in and forget about the rest.
  • There are basically three big decisions you make in your life; where you live, who you’re with, and what you do.
  • Retirement is when you stop sacrificing today for an imaginary tomorrow.
  • Everybody wants to get rich immediately, but the world is an efficient place; immediate doesn’t work.
  • The really smart thinkers are clear thinkers.
  • The moment of suffering—when you’re in pain—is a moment of truth. It is a moment where you’re forced to embrace reality the way it actually is. Then, you can make meaningful change and progress. You can only make progress when you’re starting with the truth.
  • I think being successful is just about not making mistakes. It’s not about having correct judgement. It’s about avoiding incorrect judgements.
  • If you cannot decide, the answer is no.
  • If you have two choices to make, and they’re relatively equal choices, take the path more difficult and more painful in the short term. What’s actually going on is one of these paths require short term pain. And the other path leads to pain further out in the future. And what your brain is doing through conflict-avoidance is trying to push off the short-term pain.
  • I have people in my life I consider to be very well-read who aren’t very smart. The reason is because even though they’re very well-read, they read the wrong things in the wrong order. They started out reading a set of false or just weakly true things, and those formed the axioms of the foundation for their world view. Then, when new things come, they judge the new idea based on a foundation they already built. Your foundation is critical.
  • The answer that works for me is going to be nonsense to you, and vice versa. Whatever happiness means to me, it means something different to you. I think it’s very important to explore what these definitions are.
  • Desire is a contract you make with yourself to be unhappy until you get what you want.
  • The enemy of peace of mind is expectations drilled into you by society and other people.
  • In any situation in life, you always have three choices: you can change it, you can accept it, or you can leave it.


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