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How to become Antifragile

Managing Yourself, Resilience

Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s book Antifragile argues that in order to succeed we should develop qualities that enable us to thrive and grow when exposed to volatility, randomness, disorder, and stressors, and learn to love adventure, risk, and uncertainty.

Farnam Street’s Shane Parrish shares some tips for developing antifragility ourselves:

  • Stick to simple rules
  • Build in redundancy and layers (no single point of failure)
  • Resist the urge to suppress randomness
  • Make sure that you have your soul in the game
  • Experiment and tinker — take lots of small risks
  • Avoid risks that, if lost, would wipe you out completely
  • Don’t get consumed by data
  • Keep your options open
  • Focus more on avoiding things that don’t work than trying to find out what does work
  • Respect the old — look for habits and rules that have been around for a long time

Parrish sums up: “Stop optimizing for today or tomorrow and start playing the long game.”

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