The Naval Podcast – Be Too Busy to “Do Coffee”

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This podcast clip is part of an ongoing conversation between Naval Ravikant and Babak Nivi. Unless otherwise noted, quotes are from Naval. For reference, check out Naval’s famous How to Get Rich tweet storm.

Key Takeaways

  • Naval once tweeted“You should be too busy to do coffee while keeping an uncluttered calendar”
  • The ONLY way to stay focused and be able to do the most high-impact work/what you’re most inspired about is to constantly, RUTHLESSLY, decline meetings
  • It’s fine to make connections and “do coffee” early in your career when you’re exploring
    • But later in your career when you’re exploiting – “You have to ruthlessly cut meetings out of your life”
  • If someone wants to have a meeting, suggest a phone call
    • If they want a phone call, suggest an email
  • When you do have meetings, make it a walking meeting (or a standing meeting), keep them short, and keep them small
    • “Any meeting with 8 people in it sitting around a conference table – nothing is getting done in that meeting, you’re literally just dying one hour at a time”
  • When you’ve done something important or valuable, busy people will meet with you
    • Suggest – “Hey, here’s what I’ve done. Here’s what I can show you. Let’s meet and I’ll be respectful of your time if this is useful to you.”
    • You HAVE to come with a proper calling card
    • “Product progress is the resume for the entrepreneur”
    • You NEED proof of work to get a meeting with a busy person
  • “A busy calendar and a busy mind will destroy your ability to do great things in this world”
    • If you want to be able to do great things you need free time and you need a free mind.

These notes were edited by RoRoPa Editing Services

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