How to Achieve Success: The 3 Keys to Success According to Naval Ravikant

Let’s say one day my business fails and I’m penniless and thrown on the streets of any English-speaking country, I believe I’ll be rich again in 5 or 10 years because I’ve mastered the art of ‘making money’ and it’s a skill everyone can learn.

Seeing this sentence in the book “Navar’s Book”, I almost mistakenly thought it was a book that brainwashed people and advocated “success study”.

The fact is not that the Douban score of this book is 8.4, and more than 10,000 people have given this book 4 and 5 stars.

Teacher Fan Deng once said: Entrepreneurs of the previous generation liked to read “Poor Charlie’s Almanac”, and the new generation of entrepreneurs should read this “Navar’s Almanac”, because it is a good book that dares to tell and has the ability to tell the truth of the world.

This book tells the wisdom of Naval, a well-known angel investor in Silicon Valley, from self-made to financial freedom.

Nawal was born in a poor immigrant family. He immigrated to the United States with his parents when he was 9 years old. His parents divorced and he lived with his mother.

Because of his poor family, Navarre had no friends in his childhood. Fortunately, the library became his must-see place.

In order to reduce the burden on his mother, he went to school and worked part-time at the same time.

The turning point of fate was the promotion of his studies. Nawal was admitted to a good high school, graduated and admitted to an Ivy League school, and thus entered the technology industry. Only then did he achieve achievements in the investment and business world.

The most valuable experiences in Navarre’s life are collected in this “Navarre Book”.

After reading the life motto of this investment tycoon, I realized Nawal’s wisdom and confidence, because he has three kinds of power to accomplish things—professional ability, abundant physical strength, and strong mental strength.

Digging talent and accumulating professional ability

When he was fifteen or sixteen years old, Nawal told his friends that he “wanted to be an astrophysicist”.

After hearing this, the mother said: “No, you will go to business.”

His mother was the first to clearly point out his talent. Looking back, he sees that he did a lot of things around making money.

For example: dealing with people, selling technical ideas, selling products, etc.

From this, he knew his specialty: he was good at sales and analysis skills, and he liked to study how to make money. When doing these things, he feels like playing, easy and fun, effortless.

After pinpointing his point of strength, he quickly earned the first pot of gold and the second pot of gold.

But the first pot of gold was quickly lost in the stock market, and the second pot of gold was also cheated by business partners.

Despite repeated setbacks, investing risk has become an obsession for him.

As a result, Nawal worked harder to accumulate expertise, found the leverage fulcrum that can create wealth the most, and finally achieved financial freedom.

He wrote in the book:

To accumulate and develop expertise, you have to give full play to your talents, study what you are really curious about, and pursue your passion instead of choosing a current popular major.

This concept has also been well reflected in the actor Zhang Songwen.

Before becoming an actor, Zhang Songwen worked as a worker, waiter, and tour guide.

At the age of 24, he realized that he had loved movies and nature since he was a child, he liked to observe life, and he liked to delve into the logical relationship between everything in the world, so he decided to become an actor.

Afterwards, he went straight to Beijing, was admitted to the 2000-level vocational class of Beijing Film Academy, and started his dream journey.

Zhang Songwen spoke Cantonese from the novel, and Mandarin was not standard, so he pressed a small stone under his tongue, and every day before dawn, he would get up and practice jingles.

Due to the restriction of appearance and age, after graduation, although Zhang Songwen walked out of the school with the first grade in his major, he still fell into the predicament of no drama and no acting for a long time.

But he did not give up his dream, but kept working hard to improve his acting skills.

After being rejected more than 780 times for 3 years, he finally got a small group performance opportunity.

He was very devoted to this role, carefully figured out and studied the character and behavior of the character, and was finally highly recognized by the director.

After years of hard work, Zhang Songwen finally ushered in the peak of his career with “Gao Qiqiang” at the age of 46.

“If society can train you, one day society can also write code to replace you with a computer,” Nawal said.

In this era of increasingly advanced technology, if you do not have the ability to compete with artificial intelligence, you are in danger of being replaced by artificial intelligence.

Human talents and expertise cannot be replaced by artificial intelligence.

Therefore, only by working hard to tap talent, accumulate expertise, hone professional ability, and be a unique self can we remain invincible.

keep fit, stay fit

Nawal said in the book that morning exercise completely changed his life, and he put his health first in his life.

When he was struggling for his life goals, he looked back and found that the most important thing is not to work and make money, but to be healthy.

Therefore, now he will never use “no time” as an excuse not to go to the gym.

There is a saying that is very heartbreaking: “If you don’t have time to exercise, you must have time to get sick.”

In an interview, Yu Minhong, the founder of New Oriental, once told a story about his past.

After entering Peking University, Yu Minhong felt very inferior because he couldn’t even speak Mandarin, let alone any talent in sports and literature, and his oral and listening English was also very poor.

So, he made up his mind to study harder than before going to college.

But the human body, like a machine, rusts if it does not move.

Two years later, Yu Minhong directly broke his body due to struggle.

When the junior year started, he vomited blood. He went to the hospital for an investigation and found that it was contagious tuberculosis.

As a last resort, he had to suspend school and stayed in the hospital for a whole year before he was cured.

After experiencing a serious illness, Yu Minhong realized the importance of good health.

Since then, he has paid great attention to fitness. In addition to morning running, he also insists on swimming, hiking and other sports.

In fact, to the end of life, what you fight for is physical strength.

It’s like a marathon. In the beginning, it’s all about explosive power, but there is still a long way to go. It’s all about endurance. The real winner is the one who can run to the end.

Liang Shiqiu said: “A healthy body is the real capital of being a person and doing things.”

Only by keeping your body healthy and storing energy can your ideals be brought into reality.

Therefore, insisting on exercising and maintaining abundant physical strength is the cornerstone of a person’s success.

Adjust your mentality and build a strong mind

Deng Yaping, the world table tennis champion, said that among athletes, many of them are almost the same from the level of hard work to technical and tactical levels.

In the end, it is mental strength that can open the gap between people.

In the book “Heart Power” written by her, she shared many events when she was an athlete.

Among them, the most memorable is the women’s singles final in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

At that time, the opponent who competed with Deng Yaping for the championship and runner-up was Chen Jing of the Taipei team.

At the beginning of the game, Deng Yaping easily won two rounds.

But at the beginning of the third game, Chen Jing played fiercely and strongly. Deng Yaping lost two games in a row and was chased to a 2:2 draw.

At this time, everyone in the gymnasium thought that Deng Yaping was going to collapse and was about to lose.

But Deng Yaping calmed down, quickly adjusted her mentality, focused on feeling the touch of the table, and pressed the table hard and slowly three times before each serving round.

It’s an old habit of hers. Whenever the pressure is high, she repeats this action several times, clearing up previous mistakes and successes, and focusing on a new ball.

When she just focused on hitting each shot instead of ruminating on mistakes and the defending champion, her good form returned and she eventually won the tiebreaker by a big score of 21-5.

After retiring, Deng Yaping, regardless of studying or doing business, has experienced many challenges with a large span, and she has dealt with them with super psychological quality and effort, and has never flinched.

Nawal said in the book: “The attitude of entanglement and avoidance is the source of most of the pain in life.”

In the face of various situations in life, the two words he said most to himself are: accept .

He wrote in the book:

The so-called acceptance means that no matter what the result is, you can deal with it calmly; it means maintaining a balanced mind and focusing your brain;

Many times, we often have anxiety, dissatisfaction and pain because of something we don’t want, something we don’t want, or someone we don’t love.

And when we are not greedy, accept the status quo, and focus on the present, we gain something instead.

Therefore, adjusting the mentality and building a strong mind is the key to a person’s success.

The strength given by others cannot last forever, and the strength you find from yourself can be used for life.

On the road of life, it is ability that determines how fast we can go; physical strength that determines how long we can go; and mental strength that determines how far we can go.

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