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Happiness and Buddhism

I came across this great interview with Naval Ravikant . For those who don't know him, he's the founder of AngelList, one of the key companies in Silicon Valley in the last 5 years. You probably never heard of Angellist if you're not an active venture capitalist, but this company fuels all the current startup companies with capital and connections.

Be present

He said a great quote that I want to re-iterate in this blog:

Happiness is like a butterfly. If you chase it, it'll fly away. But if you sit there quietly, it may land gently on your shoulder.'

The other interesting mention in this interview is about skills. Everything in the end is a skill. Exercising, making money (which is what this blog is about), being happy.

I realized for me that my mind is really the bottleneck of my true full potential. Sometimes, I sit down and think about a problem and realize the solution was there all along in front of me.

Suffering as a learning tool

Another important idea is about suffering. By suffering you can make changes and learn.

The most recent example for me was my recent breakup. You readers will be rejoiced that in fact we sorted our issues are we back together. But it was a long 2 weeks and I did a lot of thinking and self-improvement. In fact, I realized all the wrong things I did and it took a lot of meditation. I realized what I was doing wrong and decided to act on it. I'm glad I woke up in time, and these 2 weeks will likely be a decisive time in my life. We usually don't have many tries at it and I'm not getting any younger.

Here's a few books that he mentioned. I read some of them and highly recommend them.

Power of now :