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Kamal Ravikant On Why Self-Love Is Everything

By April 27, 2020January 17th, 2024No Comments
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Episode #515



The underdog meets unforeseen obstacles. Brought to his knees, he’s compelled to seek deep within. Meeting fate, strength is somehow found in a mystical power greater than himself.

He leverages it to evolve into something greater and more authentic. Emerging self-actualized, he then shares his newfound wisdom and experience for the benefit of others.

We call it the hero’s journey.

Totemic, it’s an indelible archetype that unites, connecting with something universal.

Over the years, I’ve hosted many heroes of the physical. From Olympic medalists to arctic explorers, I celebrate the arc of the athletic warrior.

But life’s greatest passage isn’t free-soloing El Capitan, crossing Antarctica, or running ultramarathons in Patagonia.

Our most challenging voyage is learning how to love ourselves.

No one embodies this genus of the hero’s journey better than Kamal Ravikant.

If you are going to do this practice and make a commitment to love yourself, you have to leave the shackles of your past behind. First forgive yourself then you start to love yourself.

Kamal Ravikant

Reared from modest beginnings, Kamal has trekked the Himalayas, earned his US Army Infantry patch, walked 550 miles across Spain, and meditated with Tibetan monks in the Dalai Lama’s monastery.

Professionally, he’s done it all too. From launching startups to managing venture capital funds, Kamal has spent the better part of his career working alongside some of the smartest investors and engineers in Silicon Valley, writing books in his free time.

But Kamal’s most transformative experience has been the simple act of learning how to love himself.

This is his story.

I first heard about Kamal by way of his frequent appearances on our mutual and beloved friend James Altucher’s podcast.

Compelled by his honesty and vulnerability, I felt myself holding space with someone who embodied an important wisdom. A wisdom I lacked. Reflexively, I picked up Kamal’s latest book, Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends on It.

Spiritual and emotional growth is my jam and yet I never thought much about self-love. So I freely admit I met Kamal’s book with a healthy dose of initial skepticism.

However, the read ignited a realization that I continue to harbor unhealed wounds. Simple, straightforward and profound, I discovered practices not just helpful, but truly transformative. I wanted to know more.

Today we unpack Kamal’s heroic journey of the heart.

As you love yourself, life loves you back.


It’s a conversation about his trials and his triumphs. His divine moment. The path of self-discovery that followed. And what he learned surviving a recent near death experience.

It’s about how he learned to love himself. The simple routine he deploys to maintain it. And why this practice is essential to living an examined, self-actualized life of presence, purpose and contentment.

For the stoics and skeptics, I implore you to set aside whatever resistance you may be feeling right now. And give this one a shot with an open mind and heart.

Note: This conversation was recorded pre-pandemic (February 12, 2020), thus there is no coronavirus reference. Nonetheless, Kamal’s wisdom is timeless. Moreover, the practices we discuss are powerful tools of self-discovery than can prove transformative as we navigate this challenging time.

The visually inclined can watch it all go down on YouTube. And as always, the audio version streams wild and free on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

Kamal’s vulnerability is refreshing. I love this conversation and the friendship it has birthed. I hope it serves you as it did me.

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Thanks to Jason Camiolo for production, audio engineering and show notes; Margo Lubin and Blake Curtis for video, editing and graphics; portraits by Ali Rogers; copywriting assistance by Georgia Whaley; and theme music by Ana Leimma.

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