The material got into my hands from a friend of mine. Something tells me he never read the material, but somehow convinced me to read it. Let me say right off the bat, while the material is somewhat interesting and philosophical, rather than hands-on practical, I believe it is worth while.
From this point on, I’ll call it a book, even though it might not qualify. The book is a collection of brief and not terribly deep conversations on the topic of “getting rich”. Now, I can’t blame the author since Twitter is somewhat limited in terms of thought expression. Also the book leaves much to be desired in terms of structure and language. Quite often I had to do double, triple, quadruple take and still couldn’t understand a meaning behind a sentence. Yeah and I’m still calling it a book. But in this day and age perhaps none of this matters.
So will this book make me rich? Well, it’s up to you, or your genetics or upbringing or education and luck. But is there a “secret sauce”? Nope! Effectively the book just talks about your own behaviour and how to focus on essential things and let everything else go – because extreme focus on one thing, is exactly what it takes to get rich.
“Extreme people get extreme results.”Sam Altman
So, no deep discussions, poorly written, no “secret sauce”, why should I bother? Because (in my opinion) the same techniques and ideas can be applied elsewhere. You don’t have to play status games, you should read books, you should learn to build, learn specific knowledge, you should experiment and go beyond recipe books. Not everything from the book will be applicable, but most of it seems like pretty universal advice that can be applied to other areas of life.
“Don’t partner with cynics and pessimists. Their beliefs are self-fulfilling.”Naval Ravikant
I wish authors went deeper into discussions with more concrete examples and exercised more upon each topic. At times some material feels like pure philosophy – a wishful thought if I may. However I read few things before and able to fill some gaps or extrapolate some idea further, but I wonder how would this book read to someone without prior knowledge. Perhaps this is on purpose, by design – leave them striving for more and they shall achieve more.
“A calm mind, a fit body and a house full of love. These things can not be bought. They must be earned.”Naval Ravikant
P.S: if you want to read the book, you can search online or download copy here
In a nutshell:
+: Short & fun read
+: Generally good advice / philosophy (not everything I agree with)
+: Get a feel for what it takes to be rich
-: Not a smooth read – text should be seriously cleaned up
-: Some topics are not well covered or expanded on
=: While the material is rough, some topics are not well covered and some ideas need deeper investigation, overall its worth the time. Philosophy feels quite universal, advices can be adopted for many situations and more importantly, continuous learning is something to be adopted.
Title: How to get rich (without getting lucky)
Author: Naval Ravikant, Babak Nivi