Naval, in the book, quotes Confucius. “We have two lives, and the second begins when we realize we only have one.”
It is now my favorite new quote.
Naval believes everyone. EVERY 7 BILLION PERSON in this world can be rich and financially free.
Naval emphasizes learning skills such as coding, among other things, to help you get financially free to help you get to the point where you don’t have to think/worry about money.
Happiness is simply peace of mind, and you will reap tremendous benefits from meditation.
Naval is a bookworm, and it is very easy to tell Naval loves reading and learning. It is also easy to tell Naval is a very happy person who loves his work which is a play to him.
The second golden nugget I got from the book is:
When your work is a play to you, and what is play to you and it is a work for your competitor – You naturally HAVE AND ADVANTAGE because your competitor will be working 16 hours a day while playing and having fun 16 hours per day 7 days a week.
Naval has the curiosity to learn not just in his field of tech but everything that impacts our lives, like the meaning of life, health, and happiness.
I love his practical tip about not feeling a need to complete reading the whole book. (You know almost everyone is stuck in a book)
Instead, Naval is reading multiple books simultaneously – skimming through the book and reading a chapter he is excited/curious about and pounder on that topic.
In addition, Naval reads absolutely everything he finds interesting, from blog posts to audiobooks and physical books.
While there are so many valuable gems in this book, my takeaway was being insanely CURIOUS about LEARNING and learning that happiness is peace of mind (through meditation, Naval describes meditation as doing nothing).
The more desires you have, less you are happy, so focus on one main desire at a time and accomplish it.