This article may irritate some readers and maybe spark a flame war. Otherwise, no one will react to it. In any case, I wanted to share this with you.
Time for Something New
The system is broken, but those who benefit from it won’t agree.
In general, how does society react to new technology? Do you believe that everyone is receptive to new technology, even if it means losing their career if it becomes widely adopted?
Did the horse seller believe that selling cars would be a smart idea?
Those that gain from a system will attempt to maintain the status quo for as long as possible since they will continue to benefit from it in the future.
How can you alter your mind about a system if you learn about it from someone who has reaped enormous benefits from it?
Making money is actually just that: boring. It’s always the same. Do something that works, and then repeat it over and over again. –– Daniel Wieser
The Questionable Almanack…
What I’d want to quote now is Naval Ravikant’s Almanack (link leads to the online version). A book that, after reading this essay, should be on everyone’s lips. It’s also on the best-seller list.
Who would have thought?
Despite all of the positive reviews and articles about this book, you should not memorize everything in it.
The Almanack, according to Shane Parrish, is “filled with memorable wisdom and piercing insights, your brain gears will be working overtime.”
Are you sure?
The following quote stood out and made me question whether the author is someone who I should listen too…
Another example is all the people you dated until you met your husband or wife. It was wasted time in the goal sense. Not wasted in the exponential sense, not wasted in the learning sense, but definitely wasted in the goal sense. — p49
Why does Naval Ravikant believe this? Is someone genuinely a waste of your time if you care about them?
When you’re dating, the instant you know this relationship is not going to be the one that leads to marriage, you should probably move on. — p49
Holy shit. That’s a real quote.
Here is another one, not about love, that will question his sanity.
It’s not well thought out properly:
When you’re studying something, like a geography or history class, and you realize you are never going to use the information, drop the class. It’s a waste of time. It’s a waste of your brain energy. — p49
Naval is right:
If you are stupid you are probably going to do that.
If you think you will be working at a fast food chain restaurant anyway, you will never need history or geography.
Good grief, please drop out of it already!
Do This Instead…
The truth of the matter is this:
You can’t possibly predict how X will assist you in the future while you’re learning about it for the first time. If it is only a minor portion of your curriculum, it is best to complete it so that you get a thorough picture of everything involved.
Be Open To New Ideas…
Naval Ravikant strikes me as a man who is engaged in science and always has fantastic ideas that you can undoubtedly profit from. The following quote struck a chord with me, and I’m sure it will with you as well:
Reading science, math, and philosophy one hour per day will likely put you at the upper echelon of human success within seven years. — p113
So how come his view of relationships — as a means of achieving “marriage” — is so out of date in comparison to his other ideas?
I honestly don’t know.
It just tells me that you should take everything from everyone with a grain of salt –– even if it’s Naval Ravikant!
No matter who you read from, but especially when the book/author is very popular, question everything.
I am probably not going to become very popular with this article.
But that’s okay.
Everything popular is wrong.–– Oscar Wilde
Popular doesn’t mean better by any absolute scale. Popular simply means that more people like this thing than that thing. — Seth Godin