the whole book. Basically it's broken down to this idea of life is about health wealth and happiness or sorry wealth, health happiness and he says we actually pursue it. We go, we pursue wealth, then we do Health then we do happiness and he's like that's actually a fine way to pursue it. It's got Be practical and fine way to pursue it. The reality is that it's the reverse is true like the in terms of importance. So it's time for some most yeah, happiness, health wealth, but it's whatever. It's finally pursue that way. And he has this beautiful line in the book where he said something like, of course, once you get the wealth you're going to see that it's actually not nearly as important as you thought. But you're not going to listen to me and you have to pretty much Discover it on your own. Yeah
you're not gonna listen to me. I wouldn't have listened to me. Yeah, the type of person who's attracted to this content, you know, they're they're going to go through the same thing. You have to learn that the hard way and
so that was pretty interesting. So I liked that but the second half is all about happiness and there was a few things that kind of stuck that stuck out to me. The first is that he basically acknowledged he was like look don't worry, it will then let me preface this by saying the Vault interest me because he's like, I mean, he's probably a billionaire, I would have to imagine he started AngelList which is a multi-billion dollar company. He's Investor, like he's in the game and he acknowledges that I'm in the game and so like this is a little bit hypocritical but basically he was like what I have found is that a happiness? Must be a choice. Like I've been unhappy for decades and then I decided you know I'm going to be happy and he steals a lot of philosophy from stoicism and he steals a lot of it from Buddha Buddhism and the idea here is that like your past is unimportant and the future is unimportant and to say that you want to do XY and Z for legacy That's bullshit, because what's going to happen is when you die, it's going to be as if you were, you know, if it's the same feeling that you had before you were born, which is like nothing. So, like, who cares about some bullshit Legacy, which is like hard to fight against, right? But and he's like, it only matters about the about the present and where you are now and that gets a little bit fluffy, but I still thought it was really useful, and oddly did you, if you read the book, he talks about not working hard. He was like, you actually should only do work that feels like play. Yeah, I thought that was kind of cool and he's like Life's Too Short, by the way, just to grind and work your (expletive) off which again I'm like but navall you're like a billionaire. Like there is this like what you know, how do you have to like, kind of come to grasp it with us a little bit but I thought it was cool. He also talks about a very oddly gives diet advice. He's like, just don't eat sugar. Stay away from sugar, do high intensity, interval, training, and stretch a lot. Yeah.
And he even says he goes, I try not to He's like, you know, I don't talk too much about health because I'm pretty good at health. I'm okay, but I'm not self-actualizing. That meaning, like in wealth, he's done better than 99.9% of people so you know, for him to talk about it. Well, he's self-actualized it. He has actually done it for himself and seen it done by many other people and so he feels comfortable putting out his whole philosophy on it. He's like in terms of health like I'll say some general things that you, you know, it's hard to argue against. But I try not to talk too much about it even though it's very important because I myself for many years, didn't have an exercise routine or wasn't, you know, the best eater and now I'm better, but I'm still not the best. I'm not world-class at that. I'm not 99.9% at that one.
'The Almanack of Naval Ravikant' Discusses Health, Wealth, & Happiness