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Book Review : The Almanack of Naval Ravikant

Updated: Sep 15, 2023

The Almanack of Naval Ravikant is the 3rd book I finished in 2022.


I am yet to review the first 2, which I will in the coming days. But the impact this book left on me, I couldn't wait to tell you all about it. Also, this is my first book review ever. So it might not be anywhere close to perfect. However, I will try my best to present an honest picture of my take-aways from any book that I read.

​Book Name

The Almanack Of Naval Ravikant

Genre

Self-Help

Author

Eric Jorgenson

If I were to list all the "good things" that came out during the pandemic, this book would make it to that list.


Naval Ravikant is a self-made man, a famous venture capitalist. I learned about him through LinkedIn, where his tweets are shared and reshared. Look him up on Google if you need a quick bite of inspiration.


While looking for book recommendations, this book kept showing up. So I decided to go for it. The thing about self-help books is that it picks up one "problem" and then discusses how to overcome that "problem" using various writing styles. Some do it using stories, while others provide scientifically backed data.


I liked this one because it is a compilation of Naval's thought process and practices, which he gained and developed through his personal life.


His tweets are pretty popular as he pens down some of the life hacks, random thoughts, and insightful observations. All his tweets are put together in this book, and the thought process behind the tweets.


Why should you read this book?


If you want something that will give you "million-dollar" advice to succeed, then this book is not for you.


It's just the exact opposite of that. It will show you the "how," and the rest will be up to you, whether you want to take it or leave it.

Although I may not agree with all his philosophies and ideas, it provided me with a fresh perspective to look at some of life's big questions.


My Take-Away from this book

  • Play long-term games - All the returns in life, whether in wealth, relationships, or knowledge, come from compound interests. It all multiplies over time and returns in abundance. Do not waste time on temporary people or tasks.

  • Honesty and Reputation will take you a long way. He gave an example of Warren Buffet regarding this context.

  • Earn enough money so that you won't have to stress about fulfilling your desires. But being successful and having a lot of money doesn't bring you happiness and peace.

  • Prioritize your health - physical and mental, everything else follows.

  • If you have to choose between suffering/pain - immediately or later; always select the hell you will bear in the immediate future rather than later, whether it is hitting the gym and sweating out to get the results or setting up your business.

The last one is my personal favourite because I often try to avoid a painful or unwanted situation in the immediate future and tell myself that I will deal with it later. For example, sometimes, I prefer to mindlessly surf through Instagram and skip the gym because it's a painful experience.



You can find many such gems in this book. Here's a picture, to sum up, the points covered in the book.


Final Verdict: You should definitely read this book to help you take a step closer to your goals. In fact, it will show you the right direction towards your goal.



I would love to hear your thoughts on it. Please share your feedback by writing to me on hey@mindfuljugni.com


Link to buy the book : https://www.amazon.in/Almanack-Naval-Ravikant-Wealth-Happiness/dp/1544514220

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