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He hesitated.

Should I publish? Who’s going to read this? Who will care?

He sold half a million copies.

This was without a publisher. Without a marketing team. Without any advance money. He just did it on his own. And it was hugely successful.

It was a short book. About 50 pages. “I thought only my friends and family would read it,” he said.

The money he made was enough to pay for his rent… in San Fransisco. Which is not cheap.

And it paid for all of his living expenses for years.

That’s the dream of choosing yourself. And bypassing the gatekeepers…

Creating for yourself.

For your loved ones.

Or your younger self.

The book is called, “Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends on It.” And now after seven years, Kamal is FINALLY republishing.

I had him on the podcast to talk about how he expanded it. And to ask about that original decision to DO 7 years ago.

I hope reading this and listening to him makes you think about your opportunity to look back seven years from now. And say, “I did it.”



Quotes from this episode:

  • “If it scares me, then there’s magic on the other side” -Kamal Ravikant
  • “If you’re not scared of what people think of you, then you probably shouldn’t do it” -James Altucher
  • “When you love yourself, you become kinder and more loving to others.” -Kamal Ravikant
  • “Here are the fundamental basics of loving yourself: the first is forgiving yourself. If you’re going to go to the future you’ve got to let go of the past.” -Kamal Ravikant
  • “I was just in a bad place. And what got me out of it was making the decision that I was going to get out of it.” -Kamal Ravikant
  • “When your ego is tied to the results of this external thing, if it fails you’re going to go with it.” -Kamal Ravikant


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