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Naval Ravikant on Happiness Hacks and the 5 Chimps Theory (#136)

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“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:


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#136: Naval Ravikant on Happiness Hacks and The 5 Chimps Theory

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):

Naval Ravikant on Happiness Hacks and the 5 Chimps Theory (#136)

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