The Zen N! #44

Reverse-Engineering Naval Ravikant.

The Zen N! #44

The Focus of The Newsletter

This Week's Newsletter Contains,

1. The EZ Question X: - Case Study: NAVAL RAVIKANT - Part I

2. For The Seeker VII

The EZ Question: Case Study: NAVAL RAVIKANT - Part I

Hi, I’m Tyler Choice. I have a background in hacking and reverse-engineering, and I enjoy using those processes to deconstruct ideas.
In this work, I use the processes described in The EZ Question to deconstruct Naval.

Entrepreneur and Investor. Naval is founder of Angellist, Epinions, and He is an Angel investor in Twitter, Uber, Yammer, and 100+ more. Naval has become widely followed for his thoughts on startups, investing, crypto, wealth, and happiness.

Naval's Top Tweets on Life

Naval has for decades been the authoritative voice of the Twitter-sphere.

If I look at a person and wish to deconstruct them, I first ask,

What is the highest truth or wisdom that this person thinks?

So, I found that Naval says,

“My definition of wisdom is knowing the long-term consequences of action on a personal domain, and then making a decision to capitalize on that.”

With this statement, I can draw two questions to set as center focuses:

How Can I Learn To Know The Long-Term Effects Of My Actions?

How Can I Learn To Make A Decision To Capitalize On That?

With these questions, there is now a problem to solve.

With a problem to solve, the mind can work as intended to find a solution.

Notice how simple this process is:

Question Process = Problem —> Solution.

Naval himself says,

“If you add more complexity to a decision making process..there is greater error in your process.
More complexity actually gives you a worse answer.”
"Successful people have their own internal model of information, and they do not hesitate to discard information.
Even in this writing, you should examine everything."

The mind‘s system is not complex. The mind’s system is designed to solve a single focus, a single problem.

Increasing complexity decreases efficiency, because then your mind is not being used in the way it is designed.

Why Should I Want To Solve A Problem?

Solving a problem gives a person a sense of purpose. This is why all successful people are solving problems for the world.

Everyone tries to solve problems for this sense of purpose, it is only that they are usually small problems.

What is a problem in your life you could solve for a greater purpose?

So let’s take Naval’s questions into one easy Question,

How Can I Know The Long-Term Effect Of My Action And Make a Decision Based On That Information?

More To Come in Part II.

For The Seeker VII

"Do not forget your aim. Remember it the whole time and keep up in yourself an active endeavor toward it, so as not to lose the right direction.

And once you have started, be observant;

what you have passed through remains behind and will not appear again; so if you fail to notice it at the time, you never will notice it. Do not be overcurious nor waste time on things that attract your attention but are not worth it.

Time is precious and should not be wasted on things which have no direct relation to your aim. Remember where you are and why you are here." - George Gurdjieff


Thanks for being here!

And thanks for reading! Have a great week! <3 - Tyler