This post is part of the 📖 The Almanack of Naval Ravikant series.
Today, I am still reading CHOOSING TO FREE 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 Grow Yourself section from the HAPPINESS chapter.
CHOOSING TO FREE YOURSELF
The hardest thing is not doing what you want — it’s knowing what you want.
Be aware there are no “adults.” Everyone makes it up as they go along. You have to find your own path, picking, choosing, and discarding as you see fit. Figure it out yourself, and do it.
Freedom from Expectations
If you hurt other people because they have expectations of you, that’s their problem. If they have an agreement with you, it’s your problem.
But, if they have an expectation of you, that’s completely their problem. It has nothing to do with you.
They’re going to have lots of expectations out of life. The sooner you can dash their expectations, the better.
Courage isn’t charging into a machine gun nest. Courage is not caring what other people think.
Value your time. It’s more important than your money. It’s more important than your friends. It is more important than anything.
If you’re not spending your time doing what you want, and you’re not earning, and you’re not learning—what the heck are you doing?
Don’t spend your time making other people happy. Other people being happy is their problem. It’s not your problem.
If you are happy, it makes other people happy.
If you’re happy, other people will ask you how you became happy, and they might learn from it, but you are not responsible for making other people happy.
FREEDOM FROM ANGER
What is anger?
Anger is a precursor to violence.
Observe when you’re angry—anger is a loss of control over the situation.
Anger is a contract you make with yourself to be in physical and mental, and emotional turmoil until reality changes.
Anger is its own punishment. An angry person trying to push your head below water is drowning at the same time.
Freedom from Employment
People who live far below their means enjoy a freedom that people busy upgrading their lifestyles can’t fathom.
Once you’ve truly controlled your own fate, for better or for worse, you’ll never let anyone else tell you what to do.
Freedom from Uncontrolled Thinking
A big habit I’m working on is trying to turn off my “monkey mind.” When we’re children, we’re pretty blank slates.
The mind should be a servant and a tool, not a master. Our monkey mind should not control and drive us.
Value your time. It is all you have. It’s more important than your money. It’s more important than your friends. It is more important than anything. Your time is all you have. Do not waste your time.
A taste of freedom can make you unemployable.
That’s it for today. Tomorrow, we will read Philosophy section from the HAPPINESS chapter from this great book.
Author(s): Eric Jorgenson
Part 30 of 33 in the 📖 The Almanack of Naval Ravikant book series.