Naval Ravikant is an entrepreneur and investor who is Indian-American. He is the co-founder, chairman and former CEO of AngelList.

He has made early-stage investments in over 200 companies, including Uber, FourSquare, Twitter, Wish.com, Poshmark, Postmates, Thumbtack, Notion, SnapLogic, Opendoor, Clubhouse, Stack Overflow, Bolt (company), OpenDNS, Yammer, and Clearview AI, resulting in over 70 total exits and more than 10 unicorns.

The Edmund Hillary Fellowship has named Ravikant as a Fellow. He also has a podcast where he gives advice on how to achieve wealth and happiness.

We have curated some of the best Naval Ravikant quotes to inspire you.


Most Inspiring Naval Ravikant Quotes [Author of Tribe of Mentors]

1. “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).

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2. “Rich people get paid by the project and pay by the hour.” ~ (Naval Ravikant).

3. “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).

4. “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).

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

6. “Earn with your mind, not your time.” ~ (Naval Ravikant).

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7. “Collecting airline miles is coupon-clipping for the middle class.” ~ (Naval Ravikant).

8. “You’re never going to get rich renting out your time.” ~ (Naval Ravikant).

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

10. “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).

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

12. “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).

13. “Happiness is a state where nothing is missing.” ~ (Naval Ravikant).

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

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15. “To be honest, speak without identity.” ~ (Naval Ravikant).

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

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

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

19. “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).

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

21. “If you aren’t curious about it, you’ll never be good at it.” ~ (Naval Ravikant).

22. “It’s almost always possible to be honest and positive.” ~ (Naval Ravikant).

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

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24. “Before you can lie to another, you must first lie to yourself.” ~ (Naval Ravikant).

25. “Watch every thought. Always ask, why am I having this thought.” ~ (Naval Ravikant).

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26. “You make your own luck if you stay at it long enough.” ~ (Naval Ravikant).

27. “Lots of literacy in modern society, but not enough numeracy.” ~ (Naval Ravikant).

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

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

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

31. “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).

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

33. “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).

34. “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).

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

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

37. “Study microeconomics, game theory, psychology, persuasion, ethics, mathematics, and computers.” ~ (Naval Ravikant).

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38. “Reading my old blog posts makes me cringe. The posturing is so obvious.” ~ (Naval Ravikant).

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39. “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).

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

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


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