Lessons to learn from the book The Almanack Of Naval Ravikant by Eric Jorgenson

Written by Girishkumar Kumaran. Last updated at 2022-08-04 12:41:52

In the book The Almanack Of Naval Ravikant by Eric Jorgenson, he talks about a lot of different things that have helped him become successful and build wealth. I thought some of these lessons were interesting so I decided to write this blog post where I share my thoughts on them:


Win/win thinking is about creating a situation where both sides are happy with the outcome of the deal.

It's like the opposite of a zero-sum game, where one side wins and another loses. It's more like two people playing chess in which they each get to checkmate their opponent's king but only after their own pieces have been taken off the board first.

In win/win scenarios, no one wants to be left out or left behind; everyone has an incentive to keep playing together as long as it makes sense for both parties involved.

Win/win is a philosophy that is based on the idea that everyone benefits when people and businesses work together. Win/win thinking doesn't mean you're just trying to get something for yourself without considering how it will affect others. Instead, it means working together with other people so that all parties involved can benefit from their collaboration.

Make sure you have a partner who shares your values.

The Almanack of Naval Ravikant is a classic book that shows the importance of having a partner who shares your values. You should make sure you have a partner who matches your values so that you can work together effectively.

A good partner will complement you, so that together, you're both better than one person could be alone. A good partner will also help to develop skills and knowledge in areas where they're more competent than you are.

Once they've mastered their area of expertise, they'll be able to teach others how to do things as well—and everyone wins!

Having a partner who shares your values will make it much easier for you to work together effectively. A good partner is someone who complements you, and they'll be able to develop skill sets and knowledge in areas where they’re more competent than you are. Once they've mastered their area of expertise, they'll be able to teach others how to do things as well—and everyone wins!

Your partner should be better than you at something and worse than you at something else.

It's important to have a partner who shares your values, who complements your skills and has different skills than you do.

It is also extremely important that the person is in a different industry than yours, because it makes them immune from many of the issues that come up when both people are in the same business.

This is a very important lesson that I learned from Naval. He shared it with me while we were working together on the book.

I've been in several partnerships over the years, and each one had its own strengths and weaknesses. Some were successful because both partners brought different skills to the table, while others failed due to lack of communication or bad timing. The most important thing about having a partnership is that you have someone who will support you when things get tough.

Experience is cumulative.

The more you do something, the better you get at it. This is a simple statement but one that has profound implications.

For example, if you want to learn how to play guitar, the first thing you need to do is make sure your hands are strong enough so that they can hold the instrument properly and press down on all six strings without hurting yourself or making any mistakes when strumming your fingers across them. Once this part of learning how to play guitar becomes easy for you (and it will), then what? Well, now it's time to start playing songs—but the easiest song for people learning how to play guitar tends not be very fun or interesting for listeners who aren't familiar with what's going on in terms of technique involved with playing music instruments like theirs yet."

"How do we get better at anything? Well, first off, it's important to remember that experience is cumulative and as time goes on it will become easier for you because of all the practice you've put in (and this means not just practicing every day but also practicing when no one else is around so they won't know how good or bad their performance was). This concept applies equally well whether it's playing an instrument like guitar which requires physical dexterity or learning a language where there isn

You can combine two bad ideas together and they become one great idea.

I’m a huge fan of this concept, as it is something that I apply to my own work every day. One of the most famous examples of this comes from The Almanack Of Naval Ravikant, which describes how the inventor of the light bulb combined an electric motor with a vacuum cleaner to create his invention. In this case, he was combining two separate ideas that didn’t seem to go together at first glance: electricity and vacuums. This combination not only led him to invent one of the most important inventions in human history but also earned him millions upon millions in royalties – no small feat!

An example of combining two bad ideas together and they become one great idea is the iPhone. There was nothing new about touchscreens or smartphones, but when Apple combined those two things together it became an instant hit. Another example would be the internet: When we combine browsing with shopping online (which had both existed previously), suddenly we have Amazon. The point is that these seemingly unrelated products and services can be combined to create something amazing.

When you get success, the world will make it easy for you to lose it all.

The Almanack Of Naval Ravikant is all about how to be successful. It tells you how hard it’s going to be and how much work you need to put in, but it also lays out the steps that will make sure you succeed. And then it spells out exactly what will happen if you do succeed: the world will try to take everything away from you.

I know this sounds like a bad thing, but think of it this way: if someone was paying attention when they were teaching a class on success and failure (which I assume they would), then wouldn’t they mention such things? That makes sense, right?

And so if you’re reading this, then that means you are paying attention. And I thank you for it. But now I can tell you that while you may be the best at what you do, there is another part of life: people will try to take everything away from us. They will do this by making us feel guilty or unworthy and sometimes even by showing off their own success.

To get rich, you need to work on building capital assets, not just income streams.

One of the most important lessons to learn from this book is that you need capital assets to get rich. You don't make money from income streams, like a job or a business that you sell. You make money from building capital assets, like businesses or rental properties. The best way to build capital assets is by investing in yourself and your business ideas so that they produce more income over time as they grow.

This is a lesson I learned the hard way. In my early 20s, I started a business that was profitable enough to support me and my family while we worked on it full-time. Eventually, we decided to sell the business and start another one. We did this twice before realizing that we were just spinning our wheels without building any real value.

It's not that income streams are bad, but they're not enough. You'll eventually reach a point where your income stream isn't producing enough revenue for you to be comfortable.

Risk is more important than return.

The author, Eric Jorgenson, has learned that risk is more important than return. I'm sure you've heard this before, but it's worth repeating because it's so important. If we think of our investments as risks or opportunities then we can assign weights to each one and come up with an overall portfolio strategy (e.g., 100% stocks vs 60% bonds).

I also learned about the risk-return tradeoff: if an investment increases in expected value over time but increases volatility along the way, then it must have some sort of negative mean-variance relationship with your other assets (meaning: no matter how much money you make on this one thing, if you invest all your money into it then your overall portfolio won't be very good). This made me realize that while I like taking risks with my money when they seem justified by higher returns (e.g., tech stocks), I want to avoid them when they don't feel justified by high enough returns (e.g., penny stocks).

The last thing I learned from the book was about risk management: how to manage all of my various investments, whether they're high-risk or low-risk, in order to maximize my return without going bankrupt (which would happen if one bad investment wiped out everything else). The author talked about different ways that risk can be managed through diversification (e.g., by having a mix of stocks vs bonds) and hedging (such as insuring your house against fires or floods); however

Wealth is the ability to survive X number of days forward in time without working for money. It's a buffer that lets you take risks and pursue opportunities as they arise.

Wealth is the ability to survive X number of days forward in time without working for money. It's a buffer that lets you take risks and pursue opportunities as they arise.

A person who has less than $10,000 in their bank account cannot be considered wealthy at all (the definition of wealth being more than $1M). A person with $10k can't even afford a decent car if they have to pay cash for it. In fact, many people with less than $10k are living paycheck-to-paycheck and will not be able to buy a car even if they had the money now—because their credit score would be too low!

So what does all this mean? You must have resources before you can tap into them when you need them most (or before an opportunity arises). The poorer you are, the harder it is for you to access capital or save up enough savings so that when something big comes along (like buying your first home), then suddenly becoming "rich" isn't such an insurmountable goal anymore because now these things cost less relative to what your income was before ($1M would only cover about 10 years worth of mortgage payments vs 30+ years worth under today's economic climate where houses go from affordable ($200k) up into infinity).

The most expensive asset is the one that doesn't produce anything.

This means that your most valuable asset is your time. You can make money, but you cannot save it. You can only invest it in something profitable or not profitable. If you are investing in expensive assets, like cars and homes, then you are doing something wrong in terms of making money or building wealth. The book goes on to explain how people who have a lot of money and decide to build their own castle become slaves because they have no way out except through death or bankruptcy

The best way to get out of debt is by investing in assets that will earn a profit instead of investing in debt because you never know when something bad might happen. This can be done through many different ways, but the most common one is saving up money for years and then investing it into something profitable or not profitable.

It takes more than just a good idea or funding to be successful.

These lessons bring in other elements that are less commonly talked about but also key ingredients of success

The Almanac of Naval Ravikant is more than just a book about business. It's also a guide to life and how to make the most of it. Eric Jorgenson has written this book with the intention of helping readers understand what they need to do in order to become successful in all aspects of life, not just business. By reading this book you will learn the most important lessons that have been learned from Mr. Ravikant’s experiences as well as various other successful people who he has met over his lifetime.

One thing that jumps out at me when reading about Eric’s journey is how many times he mentions “IT” or “things” without saying what exactly these things are! I think that this may be intentional because there are many different things needed for success but if you break them down into their most basic forms then there really isn't anything too complex involved here (although some might disagree).


So if you're looking to get rich and make a positive impact in the world, take inspiration from Naval Ravikant's book The Almanack Of Naval Ravikant. You can learn from his lessons and apply them to your own life so that you too can achieve greatness!

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