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Summary

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?

Naval Ravikant is an entrepreneur, philosopher, and investor who has captivated the world with his principles for building wealth and creating long-term happiness. The Almanack of Naval Ravikant is a collection of Naval’s wisdom and experience from the last 10 years, shared as a curation of his most insightful interviews and poignant reflections. This isn’t a how-to book, or a step-by-step gimmick. Instead, through Naval’s own words, you will learn how to walk your own unique path toward a happier, wealthier life.

©2020 Eric Jorgenson (P)2021 Eric Jorgenson

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unreal book

best book I've listened to in years. i've had such an insightful perspective shift from this book. life changing.

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  • 01-05-22

Feel cheated- Available for free elsewhere

One of the very first things that you hear in this book is that it is available for free in kindle and audio format. Feel cheated that Audible charged me a credit to download. The book might be fine (I’ve not got that far into it yet) but I have to listen to it feeling like I’ve been conned, which is not a good start!

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Inspiring quick read.

Naval might not be someone that the everyday person has come across. I randomly came across him from reading Tim Ferriss Tribe of Mentors. Navel interview had such a profound effect on me that I've got a phone reminder that goes off every wed telling me to reread his chapter.

Naval does not write this book. It's a collection of his thoughts, blogs, tweets and interview neatly repackaged as a guide to life covering wellbeing, wealth and happiness. Naval is known for championing being your authentic self, and the book explains the step he took to live a life that allows him to be precisely that.

It's full of insightful and inspiring quotable, as Eric has managed to create a book that covers each of the above themes individually, and it's written in a way where you can dip in and out, not needing to read it from cover to cover. It's a small book, I listened to the audible, which is just under five hours long.

For me, it's a great book to start your 2022 (or any time in life) if you’re looking for some inspiration.

Read more of my reviews on my Instagram page @haydncorrodus

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18 Carat Gold

5*, I suppose, although I didn't enjoy it as much as I expected. When collected together like this, his thoughts seem slightly less than the sum of their parts, although they are never less than interesting. There's lots of great advice in here, and some dross; it is 18 carat gold.

I recommend first listening to his interview with Shane Parrish on the Knowledge Project before hitting this. Naval's own voice is nicer than the narrator here. The Almanack packages and presents him as a guru (particularly with the nauseous, dreamy tone for the tweets) which is slightly unfair to him. In his own voice, he is more likeable and down-to-earth, and it helps to remember that when listening to this.

I find Ravikant to be extremely thought-provoking. His thoughts on wealth and the modern economy seem very insightful to me, and I found that stuff fascinating. His perspective on happiness is a more mixed bag, a strange blend of kind and thoughtful stoicism embedded in mindful nihilism, with a sociopathic edge.

I imagine his wife rolls her eyes a lot, while he sits in his chair thinking for an hour a day. Can you take the bins out darling? "No, sorry... I just don't do that."

I bought the Kindle book + Audible narration, for £4.50, so cheaper than a credit and leaves open the option to skim-read it on the toilet.

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the only bad thing about the audiobook is how the narrator says "Buddha". a little bit irritating but kind of amusing too.
it's a great book you won't regret listening to it

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very insightful.

you'll learn something new every time you read/listen to this, a very good read.

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  • 06-03-22

It is what it claims to be

I've been following Naval for a few years now and every time I come across him, I get positively impressed with his wisdom and perspective. This book puts lots of his thoughts together. I found it an easy and interesting listen. What was lacking though was a clear structure of the book. Also narrator was mediocre.

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One of the best book I have read in a while.

I would say I feel like you have to be ready for this book. Valuable is an understatement

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enlightenment, skills to be used daily.

Very much enjoyed this book, great speaker and very interesting topics covered.
definitely worth a second read.

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  • 25-03-21

Narrator sucks

Naval is great but this narrator is terrible, speaks like a magician . . .

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-09-21

Outstanding book!

Absolutely amazing book. Great insight and brilliantly narrated by Vikas Adam. Just absolutely outstanding

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  • Craig
  • 08-01-22

Brilliant.

Stop scrolling. Download and listen. The rest of the review is to ensure it makes the 20 word minimum.

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  • The Worm
  • 15-07-21

Interesting

Heard about him on a TikTok. It wasn’t just a brag list of accomplishments or a step by step guide to happiness. It contained many insightful observations about living life in our modern times and rules that he lived by. He provided several lists of books, blogs, etc., that he utilizes. It left me wondering if life is really that simple.

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  • David
  • 12-07-21

life changing approach to wealth and happiness

most impactful book I've ever read! life changing strategies to wealth, happiness, and fulfillment!
must read!

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  • 2dor7
  • 29-04-21

Extremely good

Crisp. No bullshit. Only essence of highest quality. I full heartedly recommend it. Naval is amazing

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  • Tariq Lacy
  • 01-07-22

Impeccable Advice for Our Era

Society and we individuals who comprise it need this book. It's so ironic that Naval uses the catchy line "How to Get Rich" and he means it not only in terms of money, but even more so in terms of awareness, contentment, aim, and purpose. If this doesn't help you, I'm afraid you might need to consult the Buddha himself (I'm joking).

This book truly is a gem, and perhaps is the most re-readable of all those I own. Thank you all for putting this wildly useful and actionable book together.

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  • Laturel Turner
  • 10-01-22

great book on life. great read

he really makes you think about what really matters. hell we gonna die anyway. so enjoy life

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  • Tori
  • 27-06-21

Very OK

Most of the topics covered were great and had good tips. Although did not appreciate the end on his view of religion, but to each their own. Was not much new to what I already know, however the delivery made you not even remember what was just talked about. So incredibly monotone and the narrator sounded bored as he spoke. Honestly wish I wouldn’t have purchased, better books like this elsewhere.

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  • abhinav
  • 08-05-21

Everything you need to know is in here

Everything you need to know to have a success life is in here - simple language provokes thinking! Must read

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