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How to become Antifragile

How to become Antifragile

The book Antifragile argues that in order to succeed we should develop qualities that enable us to thrive and grow when exposed to volatility, randomness and disorder. Here are some tips for developing antifragility.

The Elephant and the Rider

The Elephant and the Rider

Psychologist Jonathan Haidt introduced a useful analogy for thinking about behaviour change. Haidt argues that we have two sides: an emotional side (the Elephant), and an analytical, rational side (its Rider). Haidt’s analogy has it that the Rider is rational and can therefore see a path ahead while underneath him, the Elephant provides the power for the journey. However the Elephant is irrational and driven by emotion and instinct.

What should we do to keep in control of the Elephant? As the rational Rider we might know where we want to go, but we need to motivate the Elephant by tapping into emotion.

How long does it take to change a habit?

How long does it take to change a habit?

We all know the saying ‘Old habits die hard’. It’s true, to a certain extent, but with a bit of willpower, planning and time, habits can be changed and changed for the better. That goes for workplace habits, as well as personal ones such as giving up smoking or exercising more. But how long does it take, and what’s the best approach?

To connect or not to connect?

It’s assumed the ‘always-on’ mode of constant connection is detrimental for creativity, but in this age of technology is it realistic to assume people can switch off? Should we embrace it instead? Tony Reeves argues that we must find a balance between the real and the virtual if we are to maximise our creative potential.

I dare you to watch this entire video

This video is pretty annoying, but maybe that’s half the point. The challenge is to see if you can do one thing for three minutes without getting distracted. Did you find it hard to do? Let us know in the comments.