Naval Ravikant: Everyone Can Be Rich


Updated Jun 2nd, 2021

Naval Ravikant on Joe Rogan (here) says if everybody was a scientist or engineer working the hard sciences, we would create these robots and we would all in this like creative utopia anyway.

This world he describes is coming, or at least I hope so. I don’t know exactly when but it would be for the better. He said it’s a matter of education.

I don’t want to spend 30 years driving spikes into a rail line. I’m really grateful that my grandfather did that and he was a trooper. I don’t want to spend the next 30 years of my life being a foreman on a railroad or fixing Coca-Cola machines. I’m grateful and respect what grandfather and great-grandfather did for a living, but at the same time it’s not what I want to do for a living. I’m not saying what I want to do is better or more or less noble.

If you have an idea, let’s say for an app, you go to the app store you realize that it’s already been created. Chances are it’s even free. The world’s pretty good right now but how can I contribute? It’s The creative arts.

Why mine when this already exists? Because you’re going to make it better, you have your own hook. You’re going to add your own personality. This is where the creative arts comes in. If you’re going to do it better with technology maybe you’ve got a faster pace or better lighting or you know better color scheme.

People like to buy from people that are like them. It sounds fucked up but people are looking to buy products from people like themselves, same age same gender similar race. I understand like you can’t discriminate and factors like this when you’re trying to give somebody a job. Of course you wouldn’t. But flip the script, consumers do this all day long. People gravitate towards people with similar characteristics as themselves.