This post is part of the 📖 The Almanack of Naval Ravikant series.
Today, I am still reading Philosophy 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 FREE YOURSELF section from the HAPPINESS chapter.
What is the meaning and purpose of life?
Answer 1: It’s personal. You have to find your own meaning. Any piece of wisdom anybody else gives you, whether it’s Buddha or me, is going to sound like nonsense.
Fundamentally, you have to find it for yourself, so the important part is not the answer; it’s the question. You just have to sit there and dig with the question.
It might take you years or decades. When you find an answer you’re happy with, it will be fundamental to your life.
Answer 2: There is no meaning to life. There is no purpose to life. Osho said, “It’s like writing on water or building houses of sand.” The reality is you’ve been dead for the history of the Universe, 10 billion years or more.
No one is going to remember you past a certain number of generations, whether you’re an artist, a poet, a conqueror, a pauper, or anyone else. There’s no meaning.
You have to create your own meaning.
What are your core values?
Before you can lie to another, you must first lie to yourself.
Honesty is a core, core, core value. By honesty, I mean I want to be able to just be me.
“To find a worthy mate, be worthy of a worthy mate.” — Charlie Munger
- All benefits in life come from compound interest, whether in money, relationships, love, health, activities, or habits.
That’s it for today. Tomorrow, we will read Rational Buddhism section from the HAPPINESS chapter from this great book.
Author(s): Eric Jorgenson
Part 31 of 33 in the 📖 The Almanack of Naval Ravikant book series.