This giant episode collects every interview we've done on How to Get Rich.
? Seek Wealth, Not Money or Status 1:30
? Make Abundance for the World 6:40
? Free Markets Are Intrinsic to Humans 10:21
? Making Money Isn?t About Luck 14:19
? Make Luck Your Destiny 19:25
? You Won?t Get Rich Renting Out Your Time 24:00
? Live Below Your Means for Freedom 28:40
? Give Society What It Doesn?t Know How to Get 31:01
? The Internet Has Massively Broadened Career Possibilities 33:44
? Play Long-term Games With Long-term People 38:23
? Pick Partners With Intelligence, Energy and Integrity 44:24
? Partner With Rational Optimists 49:09
? Arm Yourself With Specific Knowledge 54:34
? Specific Knowledge Is Highly Creative or Technical 1:00:53
? Learn to Sell, Learn to Build 1:06:24
? Read What You Love Until You Love to Read 1:10:59
? The Foundations Are Math and Logic 1:12:00
? There?s No Actual Skill Called ?Business? 1:16:48
? Embrace Accountability to Get Leverage 1:20:06
? Take Accountability to Earn Equity 1:25:37
? Labor and Capital Are Old Leverage 1:30:06
? Product and Media are New Leverage 1:35:01
? Product Leverage is Egalitarian 1:39:42
? Pick a Business Model With Leverage 1:44:56
? Example: From Laborer to Entrepreneur 1:50:51
? Judgment Is the Decisive Skill 2:01:15
? Set an Aspirational Hourly Rate 2:07:41
? Work As Hard As You Can 2:11:26
? Be Too Busy to ?Do Coffee? 2:16:34
? Keep Redefining What You Do 2:20:38
? Escape Competition Through Authenticity 2:22:41
? Play Stupid Games, Win Stupid Prizes 2:28:17
? Eventually You Will Get What You Deserve 2:30:53
? Reject Most Advice 2:35:00
? A Calm Mind, a Fit Body, a House Full of Love 2:37:55
? There Are No Get Rich Quick Schemes 2:42:02
? Productize Yourself 2:46:42
Figure out what you're uniquely good at and apply as much leverage as possible.
? Figure out what you're uniquely good at and apply as much leverage as possible 0:00
? Find hobbies that make you rich, fit and creative 1:07
Get rich quick schemes are just someone else getting rich off you.
? There are no get rich quick schemes 0:00
? We don't have ads because it would ruin our credibility 0:56
? Every founder has to lie to every employee 2:02
? Anyone giving advice on how to get rich should have made their money elsewhere 3:02
When you're finally wealthy, you'll realize it wasn't what you were seeking in the first place.
? When you're wealthy, you'll realize it wasn't what you were seeking 0:00
? A calm mind, a fit body and a house full of love must be earned 1:00
? Practical advice for a calmer internal state 1:52
? A lot of divorces happen over money, a lot of battles happen over internal anger 3:14
Most advice is people giving you their winning lottery ticket numbers.
? The best founders listen to everyone but make up their own mind 0:00
? Advice is maxims you can recall later, when you get your own experience 1:29
Apply specific knowledge with leverage and eventually you will get what you deserve.
? On a long enough time scale you will get paid 0:00
? What are you really good at that the market values? 1:59
Competition will blind you to greater games. You're one step away from a better market.
? Businesses that seem like they're in direct competition really aren't 0:00
? My first company got caught up in the wrong game 1:23
Competition can make you play the wrong game. No one can compete with you on being you.
? Competition will trap you in a lesser game 0:00
? No one can compete with you on being you 1:27
? In entrepreneurship, the masses are never right 2:40
? Combine your vocation and avocation 3:45
Become the best in the world at what you do. Keep redefining what you do until this is true.
? Keep redefining what you do until you're the best at what you do 0:00
? Find founder-product-market fit 1:35
You should be too busy to ?do coffee?, while still keeping an uncluttered calendar.
? Be too busy to ?do coffee? while keeping an uncluttered calendar 0:00
? People will meet with you when you have proof of work 2:00
? Networking is overrated even early in your career 2:09
Work as hard as you can. Even though what you work on and who you work with are more important.
? Work as hard as you can 0:00
? But what you work on and who you work with are more important 1:00
? Nobody really works 80 hours a week 2:22
? Inspiration is perishable 3:05
? Impatience with actions, patience with results 3:36
If outsourcing a task will cost less than your hourly rate, outsource it.
? Set and enforce an aspirational hourly rate 0:00
? You can't penny pinch your way to wealth 1:27
? My aspirational rate was $5,000/hr 1:56
? If you can outsource something for less than your hourly rate, outsource it 2:57
? Your hourly rate should seem absurdly high 3:39
Everything we've discussed so far has been setting you up to apply judgment.
? In an age of infinite leverage, judgment becomes the most important skill 0:00
? Everything else you do is setting you up to apply judgment 1:21
? Judgment is knowing the long-term consequences of your actions 2:40
? Without experience, judgment is often less than useless 3:15
? The people with the best judgment are among the least emotional 4:05
? A lot of the top investors often sound like philosophers 5:18
? The more outraged someone is, the worse their judgment 6:00
The continuum from laborer to real estate tech company goes from low accountability to high specific knowledge, accountability and leverage.
? Laborers get paid hourly and have low accountability 0:19
? General contractors get equity, but they're also taking risk 1:20
? Property developers pocket the profit by applying capital leverage 2:14
? Architects, large developers and REITs are even higher in the stack 3:16
? Real estate tech companies apply the maximum leverage 4:05
Ideally, you should pick a business model with network effects, low marginal costs and scale economies.
? Scale economies: the more you produce, the cheaper it gets 0:00
? Zero marginal cost of reproduction: producing more is free 0:51
? Network effects: value grows as the square of the customers 1:34
? Network effect businesses are natural monopolies 2:26
? In a network effect, each new user adds value to the existing users 3:06
? Zero marginal cost businesses can pivot into network effect businesses 5:01
Labor and capital are limited to the people who control those resources. But products reach global markets.
? Product leverage is a positive-sum game 0:00
? Status goods are limited to a few people 0:57
? The best products tend to be targeted at the middle class 1:25
? Creating wealth with product leads to more ethical wealth 2:06
? You want to use the product that is used by the most people 3:06
? Capital and labor are becoming permissionless 4:24
Product and media are the leverage of new wealth. Create software and media that work for you while you sleep.
? Product and media are the new leverage 0:00
? Product leverage is where the new fortunes are made 0:55
? Combining all three forms of leverage is a magic combination 1:28
? Product and media leverage are permissionless 2:03
? The robots army is already here?code lets you tell them what to do 2:59
Wealth requires leverage. Labor and capital are older forms of leverage that everyone is fighting over.
? Our brains aren't evolved to comprehend new forms of leverage 0:00
? Society overvalues labor leverage 1:08
? You want the minimum amount of labor that allows you to use the other forms of leverage 1:56
? Capital has been the dominant form of leverage in the last century 2:40
? You need specific knowledge and accountability to obtain capital 4:52
If you have high accountability, you're less replaceable and you can get a piece of the business.
? Accountability is how you're going to get equity 0:00
? Taking accountability is like taking equity in all your work 0:29
? The downside of accountability is not that large 2:11
? Accountability is reputational skin in the game 4:30
Embrace accountability. Society will reward you with leverage.
? You have to have accountability to get leverage 0:00
? Take business risks under your own name 0:54
? A well-functioning team has clear accountability for each position 2:09
? People who can fail in public have a lot of power 3:47
There's no actual skill called business. Avoid business schools and magazines.
? There's no actual skill called business 0:00
? Doing is faster than watching 0:55
? The number of ?doing? iterations drives the learning curve 2:49
? If you're willing to bleed a little every day, you may win big later 3:53
If you understand mathematics and logic, you have the basis for understanding everything else.
? The ultimate foundations are math and logic: 0:00
? It?s better to read a great book slowly than to fly through a hundred books quickly: 1:22
? Learn persuasion and programming: 2:08
You should be able to pick up any book in the library and read it.
? Read what you love until you love to read: 0:00
? Read the original scientific books in a field: 1:44
? Don't fear any book: 2:43
? The means of learning are abundant, the desire to learn is scarce: 3:54
Learn to sell. Learn to build. If you can do both, you will be unstoppable.
? Learn to sell, learn to build 0:00
? The Silicon Valley model is a builder and seller 1:07
? If you can do both you will be unstoppable 1:52
? I'd rather teach an engineer marketing than a marketer engineering 2:48
? Building is better when you're starting out, sales scales better over time 4:33
Specific knowledge tends to be creative or technical. It's on the bleeding edge of technology, art and communication.
? Specific knowledge can be taught through apprenticeships 0:00
? Specific knowledge is often highly creative or technical 0:45
? Specific knowledge is specific to the individual and situation 2:02
? You can't be too deliberate about assembling specific knowledge 3:01
? Build specific knowledge where you are a natural 4:44
Arm yourself with specific knowledge. It can't be trained but it can be found by pursuing your genuine curiosity.
? Arm yourself with specific knowledge 0:00
? Specific knowledge can't be trained 1:47
? Specific knowledge is found by pursuing your curiosity 2:34
? Building specific knowledge will feel like play to you 3:53
Don't partner with cynics and pessimists. Their beliefs are self-fulfilling.
? Don't partner with pessimists 0:00
? Partner with rational optimists 1:20
? We're descended from pessimists 2:28
? BOCTAOE 4:13
Picking partners with high intelligence, energy and integrity is the three-part checklist that you can't compromise on.
? Pick business partners with high intelligence, energy and integrity 0:00
? Motivation of the people you work with has to come intrinsically 1:18
? Integrity is what someone does, despite what they say they do 2:18
Pick an industry where you can play long-term games with long-term people. All returns in life come from compound interest over many turns of the game.
? Play long-term games with long-term people 0:00
? When you switch industries, you're starting over from scratch 2:21
? Long-term players make each other rich 4:02
? Returns come from compound interest in iterated games 4:49
The Internet has massively broadened the possible space of careers, by allowing you to scale any niche obsession.
? The Internet has massively broadened the possible space of careers 0:00
? The Internet allows you to scale any niche obsession 1:22
? Escape competition through authenticity 3:33
Society will pay you for creating what it wants, but doesn?t know how to get, and delivering it at scale.
? Give society what it wants, but doesn't know how to get?at scale 0:00
? Figure out what product you can provide and then figure out how to scale it 0:57
People living far below their means enjoy a freedom that people busy upgrading their lifestyles just can't fathom.
? People living below their means have freedom 0:00
? The most dangerous things are heroin and a monthly salary 0:38
? Ideally, you'll make your money in discrete lumps 1:17
You won't get rich renting out your time, because you can't earn non-linearly.
? You won't get rich renting out your time 0:00
? Renting out your time means you're essentially replaceable 1:23
? You must own equity to gain your financial freedom 2:17
? You want a career where your inputs don't match your outputs 2:41
Build your character in a way so luck becomes deterministic.
? Build your character so luck becomes your destiny 0:00
? Build your character so opportunity finds you 1:12
? You have to be a little eccentric to be out on the frontier by yourself 2:39
Making money isn't about luck. It's about becoming the kind of person who makes money.
? Making money isn't about luck 0:00
? Blind luck 0:46
? Luck from hustling 0:55
? Luck from preparation 1:35
? Luck from your unique character 1:51
? In 1,000 parallel universes, you want to be wealthy in 999 of them 2:54
? Wealth stacks up one chip at a time, not all at once 4:11
We're the only animals who cooperate across genetic boundaries, because we can track credits and debits in voluntary exchanges.
? Free markets are intrinsic to the human species 0:00
? Too many takers and not enough makers will plunge a society into ruin 1:48
Wealth isn't about taking something from somebody else?it's about creating abundance for the world.
? Ethical wealth creation makes abundance for the world 0:00
? Everyone can be wealthy 1:28
The difference between wealth, money and status.
? Wealth is assets that earn while you sleep 0:56
? Money is how we transfer wealth 2:28
? Status is your rank in the social hierarchy 3:08
This is the first interview between Naval and Nivi on How to Get Rich. These interviews are based on Naval's tweetstorm at https://twitter.com/naval/status/1002103360646823936.