“I actually think happiness is the absence of suffering. It comes from peace. That comes from being careful about desire, judgment, and reaction.” – Naval Ravikant
When a guest is nominated for “Podcast of the Year,” that’s a good reason to bring them back for more. That’s why Naval Ravikant (@naval) is here for round two, and this time, he’s answering your most-requested questions. For those of you who missed his first episode, Naval is the CEO and a co-founder of AngelList. He has invested in more than 100 companies, including many “unicorn” mega-successes. He is the person I call most for start-up advice.
Most important, he has developed a diverse set of skills and rules-of-thumb that can applied nearly everywhere . Even if you have no interest in startups or investing, this is well worth your time. In this episode, Naval answers your top-10 questions from Reddit, including such topics as:
- Artificial intelligence
- Most-recommended books
- Happiness hacks
- Conflict resolution
- Start-up tips
- And much, much more…
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Want to hear another podcast from a world-class philosopher/entrepreneur? — Listen to my conversation with Derek Sivers, who sold a company for $28 million and gave all of it to music education. In this episode, we discuss developing confidence, finding happiness, and saying “no” to damaging trappings and temptations (stream below or right-click here to download):
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Selected Links from the Episode
- Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It and Live Your Truth by Kamal Ravikant
- Distress by Greg Egan
- The Boys by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson
- Genome, The Red Queen, The Rational Optimist, The Origins Of Virtue and The Evolution Of Everything by Matt Ridley
- The Essential Writings by Mahatma Gandhi and Judith Brown
- The Tao of Philosophy by Alan Watts
- Illusions by Richard Bach
- The Bed of Procrustes by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
- Perfectly Reasonable Deviations from the Beaten Track by Richard Feynman
- The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell
- Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu
- Falling into Grace by Adyashanti
- God’s Debris and How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big by Scott Adams
- The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind by Julian Jaynes
- Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha by Daniel M. Ingram
- Total Freedom by Jiddu Krishnamurti
- The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
- The Lessons of History by Will Durant and Ariel Durant
- Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart by Gordon Livingston
- The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
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- Thoughts on the AI industry [6:41]
- The future of work [9:26]
- An overview of how Naval would change the education system [14:51]
- How Naval Ravikant manages conflict and anger [22:05]
- What insight about life seems obvious to you but not to others [23:47]
- The books on Naval Ravikant’s Kindle [29:46]
- What do you do on a regular basis to make your life more efficient? [38:43]
- More book recommendations [40:55]
- Money making questions and startup success [43:08]
- Advice for ambitious 18-year-olds who want to be successful in startups and investing [46:34]
- Advice for a talented software engineer [48:52]
- Advice for engineers seeking US visas [51:02]
- How do you protect your own time while not offending people or damaging relationships [51:45]
- The best lesson learned from investing [57:25]
Posted on: January 30, 2016.
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