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The Naval Podcast – Pick Partners With Intelligence, Energy and Integrity

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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

  • Pick people to work with who have high intelligence, high energy, and high integrity -you CANNOT compromise on this
    • The world is full of smart/lazy people – this is why high energy is important
    • But high integrity is the most important
      • Otherwise, you just have a smart/hardworking crook who will eventually cheat you
  • How do you figure out if someone has good integrity?
    • Read signals
      • “Signals are what people do, despite what they say”
      • If someone treats a waiter badly, it’s only a matter of time before they treat you badly
  • Another tip – Find people to work with who seem irrationally ethical
  • “Self-esteem is the reputation that you have with yourself”
    • Good/ethical/reliable people tend to have high self-esteem because they have good reputations with themselves
  • “Generally, the more someone is saying that they’re moral, and ethical, and high integrity, the less likely they are to be that way”
    • Similarly – “If you openly talk about how honest, and reliable, and trustworthy you are, you’re probably not that honest and trustworthy”
  • Sam Altman has said – “One of the important things for delegation is to delegate to people who are actually good at the thing that you want them to do”
    • “I almost won’t start a company, or hire a person, or work with somebody if I just don’t think they’re into what I want them to do”- Naval
    • “If you’re trying to keep someone motivated for the long term, that motivation has to come intrinsically”

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