The Naval Podcast – The Ultimate Foundations Are Math and Logic

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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. For reference, check out Naval’s famous How to Get Rich tweet storm.

Key Takeaways

  • The ultimate foundations are mathematics and logic
    • If you understand logic and mathematics, then you have the basis for understanding the scientific method
      • Once you understand the scientific method, you can understand how to separate truth from falsehood
  • “It’s better to go through a book really slowly, and struggle and stumble and rewind, than it is to fly through it quickly just to say, ‘Well now I’ve read 20 books.'”
  • As Bruce Lee said – “I don’t fear the man who knows a thousand kicks and a thousand punches. I fear the man who has practiced ONE punch 10,000 times.”
    • “It’s the understanding that comes through repetition and through usage and through logic and foundations that really makes you a smart thinker”
  • The 5 most important skills are reading, writing, arithmetic, persuasion, and computer programming
    • “If you’re good with computers, if you’re good at basic math, if you’re good at writing, if you’re good at speaking, and if you like reading, you’re set for life.”


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