The Naval Podcast – You Won’t Get Rich Renting out Your Time

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This podcast clip is part of a conversation between Naval Ravikant (@naval) and Babak Nivi (@nivi). Unless otherwise noted, quotes are from Naval.

Key Takeaways

  • From Naval’s famous How to Get Rich tweet storm – “You’re not going to get rich renting out your time. You must own equity – a piece of the business – to gain your financial freedom.”
    • You can’t become truly wealthy when your inputs are closely tied to your outputs
      • When you’re sleeping, you’re not earning
      • When you’re on vacation, you’re not earning
    • Doctors who get really rich open a private practice, or build some kind of medical device
  • In most cases – renting out your time means you’re replaceable
  • “Everybody who really makes money at some point owns a piece of a product, or a business, or some kind of IP.”
    • Ex. – stock options
    • But most of the time, the real wealth is created by starting your own companies
  • Aim to have a job, career, or profession where your inputs don’t match your outputs
    • Like software engineering
    • What’s the opposite of this?
      • Being a lumberjack
      • Even the best lumberjack in the world might only be 3x better than the worse lumberjack
    • The higher the creativity component of a profession, the more likely it is to have disconnected inputs and outputs
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