Naval’s Periscope Session – 4/29/18

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    • “I don’t want anything from anyone, so boredom is the only thing that drives me to do anything”
    • Naval recommends Skin in the Game by Nassim Taleb
    • Rick and Morty is the only TV show he watches
      • “Reality is really interesting for the most part”
      • “TV’s just a slow method of consuming nonfiction. Reading is a lot faster.”
    • Why are so many people leaving SF?
      • A combination of the taxes, it’s not the cleanest city, and there’s a huge homeless problem
      • It’s a chosen home for the tech industry, and it’s not going to disappear anytime soon
    • With companies where everyone is working remotely, it’s hard to do creative work where everyone needs to synchronize
    • India
      • They have a lot of corruption, bureaucracy, and high taxes making it hard to build things there
      • It should be doing a lot better than it is with the large amount of STEM graduates
    • “The only way you can sell something, is if you yourself believe in it”
      • This is what Elon Musk does all day long
      • “If you truly believe in what you’re selling, no one can compete with you on that scale”
    • Education
      • The education system is very industrialized
        • It was developed. and still is this way to some degree, to breed obedient factory workers
      • Educating people is very hard – especially when you need to do it cheaply, and all at the same time
      • Teachers are teaching a curriculum that’s been negotiated over decades and decided upon by politicians, courts, parents, and unions – this doesn’t make it efficient
      • Maybe it’s time we provide students with free tablets, that educate students about what THEY actually want to learn
        • We have the technology now, where the software can figure out you’re intellectual levels in different subjects (math, science, etc.)
    • Naval doesn’t manage his own crypto, he goes through funds
    • “Self conflict is a complete waste of time”
      • All judging, and arguing with yourself is pointless
      • Guilt is society’s voice speaking in your head
    • How do you put your brain in debug mode?
      • You won’t stop having thoughts, and you can’t control your thoughts, but you can stop them from running away like a freight train
    • Anger
      • “We didn’t evolve to be angry all the time”
      • Anger hurts YOU first and foremost
      • “Anger is a hot coal that you hold in your hand while you wait to throw it at somebody else”
      • Notice every time your angry, how much it hurts you
      • When you don’t want an emotion, it doesn’t arrive with the same intensity
    • To deal with procrastination, ask yourself – “Am I going to have to do this at one point or another?”
      • If the answer is yes, do it anyway
      • Another tip is to work on the second most important thing you’re doing
      • Ask why you’re procrastinating, really get to the bottom of it
    • Osho
      • A philosophical mystic that Naval has enjoyed reading
      • He’s a great thinker on enlightenment, peace, truth, and self examination
      • Check out the book The Sun Rises in the Evening 
    • How did Naval meet Kapil Gupta
      • Kapil tweeted at him
    • Vegan food technology companies
      • It’s only a matter of time before we can either 3D print meat or create food that tastes enough like meat that causes society to slowly shift away from eating meat
      • When this happens, people in the future will probably judge us for killing so many animals for food
    • The Bay Area
      • A positive – Has the highest concentration of brilliant people, and also the natural beauty
      • A negative – the amount of the monoculture/ group think , the lack of independent thinkers
    • What makes someone smart?
      • Genetics is the biggest component
      • Intellectual curiosity is an important trait to cultivate
      • “If you’re just curious as to how things work, and are more concerned with figuring it out correctly than being right, then you put yourself in a very powerful position”
    • Kanye for president?
      • He has a very good shot at winning
      • Social media has really changed who can run for president
      • “We’re going to see celebrity presidents a lot more”
      • Presidents within decades will be wearing cameras, and we’ll be able to tune into the president’s channel to see what he’s up to
    • Naval has noticed the “blue check marks” on Twitter are the least interesting people
    • “Your mind isn’t unfocused. It’s just focused on something that another part of your mind wan’ts it to be focused on. This creates self-conflict.”
      • “Your mind is doing exactly what you want it to do at all times”
    • What would Naval tell his 23 year old self?
      • Do everything you’re going to do, but with less emotion and less angst
    • Longevity
      • We’re the first generation with smart phones/the internet, but we’re probably the last generation before they figure out, or “crack”, longevity
      • “If there’s one thing that does kill you early, it’s stress. So chill out.”
    • Incarciration
      • “It’s basically one monkey putting another monkey in a cage.”
      • Maybe we can create another solution – perhaps we have an exile society where we can put prisoners
    • Tips for public speaking
      • Record and watch yourself to catch your flaws
      • Know your subject cold, and don’t feel the need to rehearse
      • If you know your subject, just talk
    • Tips for marriage
      • Marriage is not dead – it’s the institution you enter into to have children. If you’re not going to have children, you should really think twice about marriage.
      • Get married based on compatibilty of values
    • Naval is not doing any public speaking this year
      • He only wants to speak on platforms he can control
    • Self confidence vs. IQ vs. Emotional Intelligence
      • IQ can be traded for Emotional Intelligence – if you’re really smart you can figure out your emotions
      • “An intelligent person, over time, will end up confident”
    • How does Naval deal with failure?
      • These days, he tries not to have too many goals
      • “If you don’t have goals, you can’t fail to meet them”
    • You don’t have to deal with anyone you don’t want to – just walk away
    • “The trick to doing anything, is first cultivating a desire for it”
    • Mathmatics is the language of nature
      • It’s human beings reverse engineering things encoded into nature
    • Humans have no overarching responsibility or purpose for living
      • We all can create and follow our own meaning
    • “I’m not trying to do anything important. I’m just doing what I feel like. If I like it, I’ll be good at it.”
    • Yoga and reading – “If you want to find me, I’m usually on my yoga mat with a book”
    • Naval doesn’t watch movies
      • At some point you realize your life is limited, do you want to waste it watching a movie?
      • “Your emotions may get taken for a ride, but once your emotions get taken for a ride a bunch of times… you know the feeling already”
    • Can only one cryptocurrency survive in the end?
      • There will be many survivors, but the economic value will be concentrated at the top
      • The most valuable cryptocurrency will be more valuable than all the others
      • The second most valuable cryptocurrency will be more valuable than third through the last put together
      • etc.
    • Intelligence and hard work will get you very far
    • Stop thinking in terms of “careers”
      • Develop skills, and do what you want to do at that time to get paid
      • The idea of a having a lifelong career is going away
    • If you want money – “Give the world something it wants that it does not yet know how to get”
      • You have to like what you’re doing though – if you don’t like it, someone who does will out compete you
    • Everyone should know how to sell
      • You can probably tell who’s going to be a good sales person when they’re 10 years old
    • Reading Jiddu Krishnamurti has made Naval realize how little he knows about himself
      • Naval has recommended Total Freedom in the past – very very thought provoking book
    • Naval recommends The Power of Now
    • How to have a good relationship
      • Be totally selfish
      • If you can’t keep doing it 50 years from now – don’t do it today to impress someone
    • Blockchain Technology is the most inetresting thing right now
    • Check out the book Siddhartha 
    • Happiness is something we can learn
    • You shouldn’t count on life after death
      • You’ll probably be happier in this life if you don’t expect it
    • It’s worth the investment to have a good “proposal story” with your girlfriend
    • In a sense, life is indistinguishable from a dream – everything eventually disappears
      • This reality will one day be gone
    • Are we living in a simulation?
      • It doesn’t matter and it wouldn’t change your life
    • Naval really loves his Airpods
      • Some people think they might somehow cause brain tumors, but Naval thinks it’s unlikely
        • There’s no scientific evidence
    • How do you find your life partner?
      • Be worthy of a worthy mate – work on yourself
    • The data shows the life of the average person throughout the world is getting better
    • A lot of unhappiness comes from comparing current events to past events
    • Naval is really enjoying The Sun Rises in the Evening by Osho
    • Intermittent fasting has worked very well for Naval
      • He doesn’t think he does it often enough, but when he does, he’ll only eat dinner
      • The benefits really start after 16 hours of fasting
    • Best way to learn how to learn?
      • Read a lot and read things you like
    • Naval does the happy body routine for his workouts
    • Check out Stories of Your life and Others
    • Naval sleeps about 5 hours a night

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