“Desire is a contract with yourself where you agree to be unhappy until you achieve a certain goal.” (Naval Ravikant, approximately from memory)

I ran to work this morning. Listened to Naval Ravikant being interviewed on the Spartan Up podcast (#155) and then the beginning of the Joe Rogan podcast (#1309).

The point for me:

  • Too many desires make the monkey mind. You’re unhappy with so many unfulfilled desires.
  • Too many desires means diffused action, therefore failure to achieve the desired outcome, therefore unhappiness is baked into the equation when you have too many desires.

Naval’s recommendation: pick one, practice acceptance on everything else. He doesn’t use the word acceptance, but the concept fits.

What’s my one desire?