This post is part of the 📖 The Almanack of Naval Ravikant series.
Today, I am still reading FIND HAPPINESS IN ACCEPTANCE 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 started reading Happiness Habits section from the HAPPINESS chapter.
FIND HAPPINESS IN ACCEPTANCE
In any situation in life, you always have three choices: you can change it, you can accept it, or you can leave it.
If you want to change it, then it is a desire. It will cause you suffering until you successfully change it. Don’t pick too many of those.
Pick one big desire in your life at any given time to give yourself purpose and motivation.
Why not two?
You will be distracted.
The phrase I probably use the most to myself in my head is just one word: “accept.”
What does acceptance look like to you?
We don’t always get what we want, but sometimes what is happening is for the best. The sooner you can accept it as a reality, the sooner you can adapt to it.
How do you learn to accept things you can’t change?
Fundamentally, it boils down to one big hack: embracing death.
Death is the most important thing that is ever going to happen to you. When you look at your death and acknowledge it, it’ll bring great meaning to your life rather than running away from it.
Your life is a firefly blink in a night. You’re here for such a brief period of time.
Here’s a hot tip: There is no legacy. There’s nothing to leave. We’re all going to be gone. Our children will be gone. Our works will be dust. Our civilizations will be dust. Our planet will be dust. Our solar system will be dust.
In the grand scheme of things, the Universe has been around for ten billion years. It’ll be around for another ten billion years.
- You’re going to die one day, and none of this is going to matter. So enjoy yourself. Do something positive. Project some love. Make someone happy. Laugh a little bit. Appreciate the moment. And do your work.
That’s it for today. Tomorrow, we will read the SAVING YOURSELF section from the HAPPINESS chapter from this great book.
Author(s): Eric Jorgenson
Part 23 of 33 in the 📖 The Almanack of Naval Ravikant book series.