Equity and Ownership 💰

Hey everyone,

A lot of the people I follow/pay attention to on the Internet were talking about Navalmanack this week. Essentially, the book is a curation of the thoughts of Naval Ravikant, founder of AngelList, who is revered as a kind of wisdom-dispensing guru in Silicon Valley.

One chapter stood out to me in particular, mostly because it’s something I already spend a lot of time thinking about. The tweet that inspired the chapter is: If you don’t own a piece of a business, you don’t have a path towards financial freedom.

The chapter makes the argument that even traditionally highly paid careers (medicine, law, etc.) amount to essentially trading time for money. Alternatively, owning a business (or piece of a business) is a way of separating your inputs from your outputs. Your equity in a business can earn while you’re sleeping. This equity could be in the form of stocks or owning an actual company.

Even if you love what you do, I think this is a useful mental model for understanding part of how the market works. And is also a big part of the reason why I encourage everyone I can to start investing. To quote Naval, ownership is important.

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