The Farnam Street Blog shared the transcript from a wonderfully insightful interview with Naval Ravikant.

I read it a few days back and have been thinking about certain insights since.

Today, I would like to share 2 pieces that resonated. I will share the first lesson today and the second later.

The first is about single player games and multi-player games.


Socially, we are told: “Go work out. Go look good.”

That is a multi-player competitive game. Other people can see if I’m doing a good job or not.

We are told: “Go make money. Go buy a big house.” Again, external monkey-player competitive game.

When it comes to learn to be happy, train yourself to be happy, completely internal, no external progress, no external validation, 100% you are competing against yourself, single-player game.

We are such social creatures, we are more like bees or ants, that we are externally programmed and driven, that we just do not know how to play and win at these single-player games anymore.

We compete purely on multi-player games. The reality is life is a single-player game.

You are born alone. You are going to die alone. All of your interpretations are alone. All your memories are alone.

You are gone in three generations and nobody cares.

Before you showed up, nobody cared. It is all single-player.


I found this perspective by Naval interesting.

I will share lesson #2 tomorrow.

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