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(Recommended Reading) Important Questions for You from the book Almanack of Naval Ravikant (Book Notes)

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Dear readers,

I am away on a vacation in Bangkok, Thailand and on my flight here I was reading the book The Almanack of Naval Ravikant by Eric Jorgenson. It was a great read. Naval Ravikant is an entrepreneur and investor, and he might just know a thing or two about happiness as well. If you are into personal development and more importantly how to be happy and satisfied in life, check out this book.

In the book, Naval mentioned that there are 3 questions in life that most people ignored, but they are so so so critical if you care about your life and where you are going in life. Your success depends highly on how you answer these 3 questions.

  1. What do you do
  2. Where do you live
  3. Who do you spend your time with

Most people give little to no thoughts to these, especially to the last 2 questions.

Don’t be like them because I truly care about you.

Take some time and think about these. I know, it is hard sometimes to try to think about moving to somewhere else or having to disassociate with certain people in your life. Sure, the choice is always yours and these are hard, hard decisions to make. But, do you value yourself and your success, and providing for people around you, or pushing the human race forward?

Maybe, sometimes hard decisions has to be made. Life is very, very short.

I have once heard a story, a metaphor in fact. Here it goes:

In life, there are certain goals that, in order to achieve them, each of us can only go a few steps forward, then we have to jump off the boat and sacrifice ourselves. When each of us sacrifice ourselves for that few steps, over time, maybe at the times of our next next next generation, will finally reach that goal.

I think, progress for the human race is one of those goals discussed in this story.

We all have a limited time on this planet, and we can contribute ourselves to make the planet a better place. But we all have to die after making our tiny, tiny little contribution to this grand project. Over generations, the lives of the human race improve because of all these little tiny contributions that add up over time.

I will dedicate my life to this grand project of the human race.

That means, sacrificing certain fun, no wasting time, taking up all the pain and suffering necessary.

I hope you too.

So back to the 3 questions brought up by Naval, how would you choose?

That’s all from me today.