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The Naval Podcast: Learn to Sell, Learn to Build – You Will Be Unstoppable

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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

  • “Learn to sell, learn to build, if you can do both, you will be unstoppable.”
    • Every business has someone who’s building/trying to grow it
    • Then there’s sales 
      • But selling can mean marketing, communicating, recruiting, raising money, inspiring people, or doing PR
  • The great companies have a killer combo of builder + seller 
  • If you can BOTH build and sell – it’s a superpower
    • Someone like Elon Musk or Marc Andreessen
    • “The real giants in any field are the people who can both build and sell”
    • “Long term, people who understand the underlying product and how to build it and can sell it, these are catnip to investors. These people can break down walls if they have enough energy, and they can get almost anything done.”
  • It’s much more difficult for someone skilled in selling to pick up the building skill than vice versa
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