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Kamal Ravikant Kamal Ravikant ego eliminator. slow-motion shifter. cognizant writer.

Kamal Ravikant is a tech entrepreneur, investor, and bestselling author. [www.kamal.co]

Writing is an act of creating and starting a company is an act of creating. We’re not there with the reader as they read, saying, “What I really meant to say was this,” so the words have to stand on their own as being true and real. Creating a company is about creating an atmosphere to draw in people who want to be a part of it, so a company also has to be true and real.

I can only create something great by taking my ego out of the equation. If I go through something I’ve written and see anything that was me writing to make myself look good or feel good, that’s my ego, so I’ll strip it out. When we remove ego, the truth comes in and things become clean and pure.

If I’ve done something out of ego that I can’t take back, I try to learn from it. If someone says something that triggers something in me, it’s my issue not theirs. When I figure this out, I apologize. Apologizing is a way to dump the ego.

A practical thing to be able to do is to look within and ask, What’s inside me that’s causing this reaction? It’s very empowering. If you’re not responsible for my reaction, if I’m responsible for my reaction, I’m responsible for everything in my life. If I can create the problems, I can create the solutions.

When I’m caught in a situation where I feel myself reacting and I notice that, I ask myself a very simple question: If I love myself truly and deeply, would I let myself experience this? Answering honestly takes the reaction away. It’s a practical hack that works in the moment to shift the focus.

Have you seen action movies where all of a sudden things shift to slow motion and then go back to regular motion? When I’m having a reaction to something, I pretend I’m in my own movie that’s all of a sudden going into slow motion. In that slowed-down moment, I breathe in the thought that I love myself. I make myself feel it. Then I breathe out. And do it again. Life speeds up and I continue on, but it’s like I’ve reset myself. I’ve nourished myself from the inside out. Everyone near me may be running around, but when I come back from that slow-motion moment, I’m in a different place, going at a different pace.

Kamal Ravikant

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