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Notes from The Alamanack

The Almanack of Naval Ravikant at Blinkist

  • if you’re unsure about a decision, then the answer is no
    • trust your doubts
  • a good reputation is an invaluable asset
  • strongly consider the effects of compounding (interest, knowledge, reputation,…)
  • when you compare yourself to others and envy their successes, you get caught in the relative mindset - a recipe for misery
  • if you (secretly) despise wealth, it will elude you
  • avoid playing the status game … on the long run you will become angry, combative and a resentful person dedicated to putting others down
  • Money can give you freedom, unless you love it for its own sake
    • if you love money .. money constantly occupies your mind. It is all you think about and it frames every decision
    • Cycle of dissatisfaction and paranoia
  • Avoid constantly upgrading to new levels of money
    • Links to frugal living (e.g. [[Midjourney V6 prompts examples/030-039 Areas/32 Zettelkasten/Literature notes/Matter/To Retire 10 Years Early, Stop Buying These 10 Things|To Retire 10 Years Early, Stop Buying These 10 Things]])
  • Happiness is a choice to remain in the present moment
    • Happiness is just one possible way of responding to a neutral world … we can choose to be happy
  • The fewer desires you have, the greater your ability to accept the way things are right now
  • The more you live in the present, the happier you’ll be
    • think of you children, immersed in the present moment
  • Discover what calms your mind down and building good habits are keys to happiness
  • Quieting the simian chatter that prevents us from being present
    • Mediation
    • Sports
    • Journalling
  • Eckhart Tolle - The Power of Now
  • Cutting down on alcohol, caffeine, sugar … is keeping the mood more stable


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