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The Naval Podcast – Read What You Love Until You Love to Read

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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

  • We kick things off with some classic Naval quotes:
    • “There is no skill called business. Avoid business magazines and business class. Study microeconomics, game theory, psychology, persuasion, ethics, mathematics and computers.”
    • “Reading is faster than listening, doing is faster than watching”
    • “The foundation of learning is reading”
      • “I don’t know a smart person who doesn’t read”
  • Read what you love, until you love to read
    • People who read a lot love to read, and they love to read because they read books that they love
    • Start out reading what you enjoy —> reading becomes a habit —> you get bored of the simple stuff —> you gradually read more complex material (science, philosophy, mathematics etc.)
      • You’ll naturally move up the hierarchy 
  • It is important, however, that you read foundational things (the original books in a given field which are scientific in nature)
    • Instead of reading a random business book, read The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith
    • Instead of reading a recent book on biology or evolution, read Darwin’s On The Origin of Species
    • Instead of reading a recent biotech book, read The Eighth Day of Creation
    • Another recommendation – Richard Feynman’s Six Easy Pieces
    • “If you understand the basics, especially in mathematics and physics and science, then you will not be afraid of any book”
      • Aim to eventually be able to walk into a library and not fear ANY book
  • “It’s not that the means of education or the means of learning are scarce, the means of learning are abundant. It’s the desire to learn that’s scarce.”
  • Children are naturally curious
    • But over time, most tend to lose their curiosity – schools replace curiosity with compliance
      • “Once you replace curiosity with compliance, you get an obedient factory worker, but you no longer get a creative thinker”
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