This post is part of the 📖 The Almanack of Naval Ravikant series.
Today, I am still reading Choosing to Grow Yourself section of the HAPPINESS chapter from the book, The Almanack of Naval Ravikant: A Guide to Wealth and Happiness written by Author, Jack Butcher.
Getting rich is not just about luck; happiness is not just a trait we are born with. These aspirations may seem out of reach, but building wealth and being happy are skills we can learn.
So what are these skills, and how do we learn them? What are the principles that should guide our efforts? What does progress really look like?
The Book The Almanack of Naval Ravikant: A Guide to Wealth and Happiness is a collection of Naval’s wisdom and experience from the last ten years, shared as a curation of his most insightful interviews and poignant reflections.
Yesterday, I finished reading Choosing to Build Yourself section from the HAPPINESS chapter.
Choosing to Grow Yourself
“Set up systems, not goals.” — Scott Adams
Use your judgment to figure out what kinds of environments you can thrive in, and then create an environment around you, so you’re statistically likely to succeed.
The current environment programs the brain, but the clever brain can choose its upcoming environment.
If you had to pass down to your kids one or two principles, what would they be?
Number one: read.
Read everything you can. And not just the stuff that society tells you is good to read. Just read for its own sake. Develop a love for it even if you have to read romance novels or paperbacks, or comic books.
There’s no such thing as junk. Just read it all. Eventually, you’ll guide yourself to the things that you should and want to be reading.
Related to the skill of reading are the skills of mathematics and persuasion. Both skills help you to navigate through the real world.
The good news is you don’t have to know a lot of math. You have to know basic statistics, arithmetic, etc. You should know statistics and probability forwards and backwards and inside out.
If there’s something you want to do later, do it now. There is no “later.”
Science is the study of truth, and mathematics is the language of science and nature.
Reading, Persuasion and Mathematics are three things that you should learn no matter what to helps with all the complex and challenging things in life.
If you want to make money, if you want to do science, if you want to understand the game theory or politics or economics or investments or computers, all of these things have mathematics at the core.
Mathematics is a foundational language of nature. Nature speaks in mathematics. Mathematics is us reverse engineering the language of nature, and we have only scratched the surface.
That’s it for today. Tomorrow, we will read CHOOSING TO FREE YOURSELF section from the HAPPINESS chapter from this great book.
Author(s): Eric Jorgenson
Part 29 of 33 in the 📖 The Almanack of Naval Ravikant book series.