This post is part of the 📖 The Almanack of Naval Ravikant series.
Today, I am still reading SAVING 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 started reading FIND HAPPINESS IN ACCEPTANCE section from the HAPPINESS chapter.
Doctors won’t make you healthy. Nutritionists won’t make you slim. Teachers won’t make you smart. Gurus won’t make you calm. Mentors won’t make you rich. Trainers won’t make you fit. Ultimately, you have to take responsibility. Save yourself.
Choosing to Be Yourself
I never met my greatest mentor. I wanted so much to be like him. But his message was the opposite: Be yourself, with passionate intensity.
No one in the world is going to beat you at being you. You’re never going to be as good at being me as I am. I’m never going to be as good at being you as you are.
Indeed, listen and absorb, but don’t try to emulate. It’s a fool’s errand.
You will never meet any two humans who are substitutable for each other.
Choosing to Care for Yourself
It starts with physical health. Second, it’s mental health. Third, it’s spiritual health. Then, it’s the family’s health. Then, it’s the family’s wellbeing. After that, you can go out and do whatever you need to do with the rest of the world.
You’re never going to be them. You’ll never be good at being somebody else.
Your goal in life is to find the people, business, project, or art that needs you the most. There is something out there just for you.
What you don’t want to do is build checklists and decision frameworks built on what other people are doing.
To make an original contribution, you have to be irrationally obsessed with something.
Your number one priority in life, above your happiness, above your family, above your work, is your own health.
That’s it for today. Tomorrow, we will continue to read Saving Yourself section from the HAPPINESS chapter from this great book.
Author(s): Eric Jorgenson
Part 24 of 33 in the 📖 The Almanack of Naval Ravikant book series.